Skepticism

Quickies: Pelvic exams, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and saving the world with cat videos

Quickies: Pelvic exams, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and saving the world with cat videos

Doctors are examining your genitals for no reason – A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine says that annual exams have “no established medical justification” for being performed annually. From nowoo and Dr Rubidium. The 8 best lines from Ginsburg’s dissent on the Hobby Lobby contraception decision – I love RBG. How cat videos will save the world – In ... »

Skepchick Space Lab Schedule at CONvergence

Skepchick Space Lab Schedule at CONvergence

CONvergence is this weekend! Which means we are going to SCIENCE. In addition to hosting several panels and workshops as part of SkepchickCON, the science and skepticism track of CONvergence, we are also hosting activities and salons in the Skepchick Space Lab. CONvergence is a sci-fi/fantasy conference at the Doubletree Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota, July 3-July 6. The Skepchick Space Lab is i... »

Skeptical Wine-ing, Part V2: To Have and To Hold

Skeptical Wine-ing, Part V2: To Have and To Hold

In Part 1 of this post, I discussed what happens as a wine ages and its unique relationship with air. In this follow-up, I’ll explain what makes certain wines age-worthy and how to keep your wines happy for however long you can wait before drinking them.  Selecting Wines for Now and Later As I mentioned in my previous post, most wines sold in your local store are meant for consumption within... »

#notallsciences

#notallsciences

There’s an article over on The Curious Wavefunction blog titled “Neil DeGrasse Tyson makes an excellent point, but Larry Summers is still right.” I know we’re not supposed to judge a blog post by its title (that’s how that saying goes, right?), but I saw this and immediately thought to myself, “this couldn’t possibly be awful!” Social psychologist Chris Martin f... »

Treating Depression Is Not Making Sadness A Disease

Treating Depression Is Not Making Sadness A Disease

One of the criticisms I often see leveled at therapy and medication is that it’s turning basic human emotion into an illness. There was a huge outcry of this when the DSM V took out the grief clause from the diagnosis of depression (previously one could not be diagnosed with depression 6 months after a major loss), people often remind us that ADD is just having a lot of energy, and in this otherwi... »

Pseudoscience in Veganism

Pseudoscience in Veganism

This post was originally featured on Be Vegan Anywhere, a site Surly Amy & I founded to help make veganism accessible to as many people as possible. Shout out to drrubidium for linking us to the news story! In today’s “WTF?!” news, a Florida mother has been taken into custody for neglect after she disregarded her pediatrician’s directive to have her dehydrated baby hosp... »

Auctions for Science Extravaganza!

Auctions for Science Extravaganza!

Cross-posted with Skepchick Events. This is our last week to raise money for SkepchickCon, the science, skepticism, and social justice track at CONvergence, a sci-fi/fantasy con held in the Minneapolis area July 3-6. So we’re auctioning ALL the things so we can give you something in return for your support of all the activities, demos, salons, and panels we’re hosting at the con. If no... »

Global Quickies: Transgender Rights in Canada, Asian Suffragettes in the UK, and Charlatans in the Czech Republic

Global Quickies: Transgender Rights in Canada, Asian Suffragettes in the UK, and Charlatans in the Czech Republic

CANADA The Vancouver school board has voted to enact new guidelines and practices to support transgender students in schools., which includes allowing transgender students to be addressed by the name that corresponds with their own gender identity and allowing them to use bathrooms of their choice. Also CANADA A 12-year-old transgender boy in Alberta has been granted a new birth certificate offici... »

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