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Random AsidesSkepticism

Bad Chart Thursday: Sex, Gender, and Venns for Bigots

Got a point you want to make but you can’t back it up? Itching to express your bigoted opinions in a way that gives them a false sense of legitimacy? …

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Auctions for Science: Gamergate Embroidery and Custom Cocktails

The Skepchick auctions are back! And that means SkepchickCon is right around the corner. SkepchickCon is the science and skepticism track at CONvergence, a sci-fi/fantasy con in the Minneapolis area …

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Bad Chart Thursday: UK Elections Edition

Elections bring out some of the best examples of terrible charts, and the recent UK general elections were no exception. Throughout the campaigns and in the most recent reporting of …

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FeaturedSkepticism

Bad Chart Thursday: Organic Cherry Picking

I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking for scientific health information I can trust, I turn to supermarket chains and ad agencies.* Haven’t you heard? They conduct real …

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Bad Chart Thursday: Random Axes

I’ve had maybe three hours of sleep over the past few days, and my ability to sentence words is at a statistically significant low. But my sleep deprivation is your …

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Random AsidesSkepticism

Bad Chart Thursday: Nielsen’s Pretty . . . Useless Charts

If you’ve ever seen a Nielsen report or article, you’ve seen the company’s charts. In fact, the reports often read more like brochures, as though marketing their market research is …

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Random AsidesSkepticism

Bad Chart Thursday: How Hip Hop, Heavy Metal, and My Little Pony Can Kill You

University of Sydney researcher Dianna Theadora Kenny recently wrote an article titled “Music to die for: how genre affects popular musicians’ life expectancy,” about her research into early mortality and …

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Anti-ScienceSkepticism

Bad Chart Thursday: Straight Men Can’t Get HIV Because “Science”

Sometimes, a perfectly good chart can be used to make flawed, even downright harmful arguments. It’s not the chart’s fault. It’s just hanging out, unassumingly presenting some data about, say, …

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