Skepticism

Get to Know Your Skepchicks: Veronica

Get to Know Your Skepchicks: Veronica

Way back in the day when Bigfoot roamed the earth and Sylvia Browne was a name that gave Skeptics™ a boner, I first became a Skepchick. And back in those fun and exciting days of yore, I used to do a feature on this here blog called, “The Skeptic Next Door.” I was young and enthusiastic and I just wanted to meet all the super-cool people who were into “debunking” and knew w... »

Global Quickies: Atheists as Terrorists, the Dark Side of Lego, and Bad Advice from Witch-Doctors

Global Quickies: Atheists as Terrorists, the Dark Side of Lego, and Bad Advice from Witch-Doctors

AFGHANISTAN (from Michael) A reporter tells the story of the changes she has seen in the situation of women in the country in the past 14 years, and the reactions to the woman running for vice-president. UKRAINE (From Mary) What The Simpsons says about Ukraine’s language divide: young people in Eastern Ukraine like being bilingual. They talk in Russian, they think in Russian they like The Si... »

A Guide to Responsible Critiques of Antidepressants

A Guide to Responsible Critiques of Antidepressants

Antidepressants are not cure alls. Duh. They are not perfect. Also duh. They have side effects. The duh-est of the duh. So why is it that when anyone starts telling another person not to take anti-depressants everyone gets all huffy and says they should fuck off? People are just trying to be helpful and warn them of the evils of anti-depressants, right? You may be catching some sarcasm here. Good ... »

I got a shout-out from SNL! Sort of…

I got a shout-out from SNL! Sort of…

Last week, the American Chemical Society‘s Reactions podcast released a video called ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry‘, which featured yours truly talking about two of my favorite topics – chemistry and zombies. Because everybody loves chemistry and zombies, or because The Walking Dead was wrapping up its season, this video got a bit of media attention last week. Even ... »

Sexual Assault Awareness, an interview with Red My Lips Founder, Danielle Tansino

Sexual Assault Awareness, an interview with Red My Lips Founder, Danielle Tansino

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And all month I will be participating in Red My Lips, a campaign against sexual violence. I learned about the campaign just a couple of days ago on Twitter. A friend of mine, Miranda Radik, posted on her blog about Portland State University’s “Stop Sexual Assault” campaign advising students on staying safe. I got angry and went on a social media rant about ... »

Open Letter to Ellen Degeneres: Don’t Promote Theresa Caputo, the “Long Island Medium”

Open Letter to Ellen Degeneres: Don’t Promote Theresa Caputo, the “Long Island Medium”

A new video! Close-enough transcript below. Hey Ellen. We need to talk about Theresa Caputo. She’s the “Long Island Medium” who claims to be able to talk to the dead, and you’ve had her on your show in the past and you’re planning to have her on your show again. To be fair, if Theresa Caputo can do the things she claims to do, it’s not just okay for you to promote her but it is your moral imperati... »

Global Quickies: Fake Doctors, Witch Doctors, and Weird Fan Art

Global Quickies: Fake Doctors, Witch Doctors, and Weird Fan Art

INDIA (From Cerberus40) Preliminary results from new research show only 1-in-24 healthcare providers in India is qualified in modern medicine. That includes alternative medicine providers and fakers, some without any medical training, posing as physicians, even in hospitals. PHILIPPINES (From Michael) Policewomen members of the Women and Children Protection Desk have been in charge of security in ... »

He Said, She Said, He Sues: The Ongoing Saga of Ben Radford & Karen Stollznow

He Said, She Said, He Sues: The Ongoing Saga of Ben Radford & Karen Stollznow

Last year, we reported that paranormal investigator and former Skepchick contributor Dr. Karen Stollznow wrote an editorial for Scientific American in which she describes sexual harassment at the hands of a colleague who the Internet promptly identified as Ben Radford. Radford claimed innocence, though he had been mildly punished by his employer, Center for Inquiry, after they hired an outside fir... »

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