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Skepchick Sundaylies! PUA Name–Dropping, Quantum Healing, Facts and Education, and Putting People with Food Allergies at Risk

Sunday Funny: Optimist vs. Pessimist vs. Opportunist (via SMBC)

Teen Skepchick

The Physics Philes, lesson 121: Mountains Out of Mole Hills
Mindy only briefly confuses mole the animal with mole the number

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 7: In Which Our Narrator Mistakes Familiarity with Flim-Flam for Strength of Character
Elizabeth discusses the types of people who fall for PUA nonsense, as well as some superfluous name-dropping.

Escéptica

Raising Crows: Angel Callers (en español)
Elara talks about those chiming pendants pregnant women wear for… something.

Quack of the Month: Dario Salas Sommer (en español)
This prolific Chilean quack came up with Hermetic Philosophy, a pseudoscience bingo of self-help, esoteric thinking and quantum healing.

School of Doubt

Building Knowledge From Facts
Jennifer discusses knowledge synthesis: that moment when an isolated fact finally clicks into a student’s larger picture of the world.

Technology Blues
Apostrophobia is having computer troubles, and waxes nostalgic for the days when education was a lower-tech industry.

Grounded Parents

What You Don’t Know About Food Allergies
From Jenny’s article, “When you spread misinformation — whether it’s a false “cure” or a myth based on your disdain for helicopter parenting — it puts real people with food allergies at real risk. Ignoring facts and clinging to the story that supports your world view is irresponsible and dangerous.”

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Mindy is an attorney and Managing Editor of Teen Skepchick. She hates the law and loves stars. You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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  1. As someone with food allergies I can tell you the best and easiest thing that needs to be done is better and clearer labeling on products. Education is also essential, especially for people in the food industry. It’s frustrating to be told I can be cured. I can’t. I am not going to try your magical cure, because when I eat nuts I DIE. I AM NOT TAKING CHANCES.

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