Skepticism

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... »

Compassionate Investigation: An Interview With the Minds Behind “Oh No, Ross & Carrie!”

Compassionate Investigation: An Interview With the Minds Behind “Oh No, Ross & Carrie!”

This post was originally posted on Mad Art Lab and was written by Courtney Caldwell. I added in some extra photos to this post version that I took of Ross and Carrie cuz they rock. Who rocks, you ask? They all rock. Ross, Carrie, the photos and Courtney. So enjoy the interview and the new podcast you are going to be hooked on! Take it away Courtney… ____________________ I have a confession: ... »

Fatphobia and Body Dissatisfaction: Different Conversations

Fatphobia and Body Dissatisfaction: Different Conversations

Author’s note: when I mention thin people speaking about weight stigma, I am not referring to thin people butting in to a conversation among and between fat people about their experiences of being fat. I am referring to someone telling their own story in their own context about their relationship with their body. In most social justice circles the common wisdom is that if you are not part of... »

Doctors vs Orgasms

Doctors vs Orgasms

Doctors, hey, can I talk to you for a minute? As a patient? Because I think it’s time we had a chat. See, docs (is it okay if I call you “docs”? I’d like to think we’re all friends here.), I’ve been having some trouble with one of your own. I mean, overall she’s great, but on this one thing, not so much. In November, I walked into her office. “I’m depressed and anxious. November is always a hard m... »

Auction: Custom Cocktail by Mixologist Anne Sauer

Auction: Custom Cocktail by Mixologist Anne Sauer

Cross-posted with Skepchick Events. Anne Sauer’s custom cocktail is back! This very popular item already has bids, so get yours in or put it on your watch list for Sunday, March 30, 9:00pm EDT, when the auction ends. For those not familiar with this bit of personalized deliciousness, the auction itself is for a customized drink recipe made just for you based on your taste preferences. As wit... »

A Few Thoughts On Skepchick and Mental Illness

A Few Thoughts On Skepchick and Mental Illness

As many of you probably know, we’ve had some serious and sometimes painful discussions recently about people with disabilities and ableism on the Skepchick network. I don’t particularly want to get into the debate of what comments were and weren’t inappropriate or how things should have been handled because I really haven’t been heavily involved. However I have been conside... »

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