Skepticism

Quickies: Sexual violence, junk science in women’s health laws, gene drives, and food shaming

Quickies: Sexual violence, junk science in women’s health laws, gene drives, and food shaming

The real reason sexual violence is so widespread – Busting the myth that men are “naturally” prone to sexual violence. From Will. Senate abortion hearing reveals junk science behind women’s health laws – It’s so great that the men making these laws are so concerned about women’s health that they’ll believe any old myth that comes their way. Like that... »

Religion and Battlestar Galactica

Religion and Battlestar Galactica

There’s a lot of overlap between nerd communities and skeptic communities. one of the reasons for this in my opinion is because a great deal of fantasy and sci fi takes a clear all or nothing approach to religion. The following will be a pair of gross overgeneralizations but bear with me. Fantasy tends to present the gods in the same way that it does magic: there is clear evidence they exist... »

Group of tyrannosaurs

Quickies: Food policing, Tyrannosaurs, and blood sugar monitoring contact lenses

“Are you really going to eat that?” – On policing women’s food choices. New evidence suggests Tyrannosaurs hunted in packs – From Criticaldragon1177. Google scientists create contact lens that monitors blood sugar – “The contact lens uses processing chips and a glucose sensor that have been specially miniaturized for the task, so small that they look like ... »

The Evolutionary Psychology of Promiscuity

The Evolutionary Psychology of Promiscuity

Fellow Skepchick Mindy alerted me to this story in The Atlantic about some new evolutionary psychology research concerning promiscuity and morality. As usual, the reporting on the research uncritically reproduces all sorts of essentialist ideas about sex/gender and sexuality while reporting on the research. As usual, I am highly skeptical of any science reporting, much less science reporting on ev... »

Global Quickies: Banned Archie, Female Bishops, and Alien Rock Paintings

Global Quickies: Banned Archie, Female Bishops, and Alien Rock Paintings

SUDAN Sudanese authorities are banning the construction of new Christian churches. Sudan is majority Muslim, but officially guarantees freedom of religion. NIGERIA Malala Yousafzai visited Nigeria to appeal to Boko Haram militants to lay down their weapons and “stop misusing the name of Islam.” UK Church of England leaders voted to allow women to become bishops. The first female bishop... »

Are Religious People Victims?

Are Religious People Victims?

This is a guest post by Tony Lakey. Tony is a queer atheist, a social justice and interfaith activist, and an alleged Faitheist. A contributor to Columbia Faith and Values, he studied Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he also ran a secular student group. He tweets at @tonylakey. Last week, American Atheists posted an image with a quote from Dave Silverman: “I... »

Global Quickies: Genies, Sects, and Hitler

Global Quickies: Genies, Sects, and Hitler

TAIWAN (From criticaldragon1177) Christian organizations are forming alliances with Taoist and Buddhist groups to influence government policy against same-sex marriage.   NEPAL (Via Ateorizar) A Withcraft Act will be voted on by the Parliament soon, which aims to “to take stringent action against those involved in the inhuman treatment of females accused of practicing witchcraft”.  ... »

Worst Pseudoscience Ever

Worst Pseudoscience Ever

At last week’s SkepchickCON one of the best panels (in my humble opinion) was the Skepchick debate on the Worst Pseudoscience Ever. I (foolishly) did not participate and am currently regretting that because everyone was utterly hilarious and fantastic. So to make up for it, I am adding my two cents here. I give you…the argument for why breatharianism is the worst pseudoscience ever! Br... »

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