Skepticism

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... »

Skeptical Wine-ing, Part V1: Drink Now?

Skeptical Wine-ing, Part V1: Drink Now?

Every once in awhile somebody shows me a bottle of wine they found in their basement and asks if it’s worth anything. I’m always excited to take a look, out of curiosity, but it’s not because I suspect they’re harboring some fortune-making collector’s bottle. I just really love tasting spoiled wine. It’s fascinating, to me, how air can be wine’s best friend and worst enemy with only a few factors ... »

Stop Being So Sensitive, Penn Jillette.

Stop Being So Sensitive, Penn Jillette.

Almost daily I find myself thinking, “I sure wish men would stop being such sensitive crybabies!” That might seem odd, considering the “stop being so sensitive” line is often levied at women, people of color, LGBT folks, or other oppressed groups – it’s not typically hurled at mostly-privileged white dudes. After all, they aren’t the sensitive ones! ItR... »

#EndFathersDay: Using Hashtags as Retribution Against Women of Color

#EndFathersDay: Using Hashtags as Retribution Against Women of Color

Last week I wrote that it was pretty obvious that #EndFathersDay was in no way a part of the feminist movement. Not only is there not a single shred of evidence indicating that feminists as a whole supported the hashtag, but well-known feminists like Jessica Valenti have even written in support of fathers. Based on recent tweets from an account called @NayNayCantStop, it seems that while the tag w... »

Update: Claire McCaskill Skewers Dr. Oz!

Update: Claire McCaskill Skewers Dr. Oz!

Last week, I posted a YouTube video telling people that Dr. Oz was due to testify before a Congressional panel on weight loss consumer fraud, and I encouraged people to go to Claire McCaskill’s website and support the assertion that Dr. Oz is a pseudoscience-peddling quack. Well, good news! McCaskill let Oz have it with both barrels: “Why would you say something is a miracle in a bottle?” th... »

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