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ICYMI: Biometric Secrurity, Ms. Marvel, Climate Change Denial, and Life as a Gamer

ICYMI: Biometric Secrurity, Ms. Marvel, Climate Change Denial, and Life as a Gamer

Teen Skepchick Science Sunday: Biometric Security and the Impermanence of Fingerprints Some things, like fingerprints and retinal patterns, aren’t as permanent as we think they are. The Physics Philes, lesson 90: Don’t Cross the Streams! Mindy discusses the nature of fluid flow. Calorie Counting: Yay or Nay? Olivia turns her skeptical eye to the efficacy of calorie counting. Mad Art La... »

Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham! Here Are Some Tips

Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham! Here Are Some Tips

Tomorrow, Bill Nye will debate Ken Ham at the Creation Museum. I made a video with a few tips to help him out! Basic transcript: DON’T DO IT BILL NYE »

The Huffington Post’s Resident Conspiracy-Theorist Creationist

The Huffington Post’s Resident Conspiracy-Theorist Creationist

I’ve always had mixed feelings about The Huffington Post. They make money with notorious clickbait and yet don’t pay their non-staff writers. Their UK political editor is someone who, despite being an Oxford graduate and a journalist, chose his words rather poorly when speaking of non-Muslims, especially atheists (he did apologize for it). Steven Novella has written several times on th... »

Why Did Almost All Answers on Quora Make My Head Explode? (Part Last)

Why Did Almost All Answers on Quora Make My Head Explode? (Part Last)

Welcome to the final installment of “WTF is wrong with you, Slate? Why are you posting this crap?” If you haven’t already, you may want to read parts one and two. Let’s get right into the last three paragraphs of Dan’s answer. We (and I’m a passionate gender egalitarian) may want to say it was because of “those prejudiced men who kept women down!” but that’s just a bit too ... »

Why Did Almost All Answers on Quora Make My Head Explode? (Part Two)

Why Did Almost All Answers on Quora Make My Head Explode? (Part Two)

Yesterday, I wrote about an absurd question which was answered on Quora and cross-posted to Slate, increasing the internet’s exposure to faulty, mythical beliefs about human nature by probably at least a bazillion-fold. Today, I’m going to deconstruct the answer to that question provided by one Dan Holliday. Bear with me, because it’s a lot of bullshit to unpack, and I’m about to fisk the hell out... »

Why Did Almost All Questions on Quora Make My Head Explode? (Part One)

Why Did Almost All Questions on Quora Make My Head Explode? (Part One)

Over on Slate, there is an article that was cross-posted from an answer to this question on Quora’s Feminism category: “Why did almost all societies believe that women were inferior to men?” Quora is basically like a glorified Yahoo! Answers, and it is premised on the idea that people can pose questions and random other people “with first-hand experience” will answer those questions. This me... »

ICYMI: July 21-July 27 on the Skepchick Network

ICYMI: July 21-July 27 on the Skepchick Network

Hello! I have exciting news. We’ve added a new Skepchick site! Well, OK. It has been around for a bit, but now it’s better! Let me re-introduce Skepchick Events! They aren’t just about promotional posts anymore. They live blog events and publish some kick ass interviews, so you should totally start checking them out on the reg. Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 58: More o... »

Video: Evo Psych panel at SkepchickCon 2013

Video: Evo Psych panel at SkepchickCon 2013

We are working away at video editing and transcription of the panels, workshops, and demos that were part of SkepchickCon, the science and skepticism track of CONvergence, held over this past July 4th weekend. I’ll post them as we finish them. The Evolutionary Psychology panel has apparently already been generating some discussion, based not on the content of the panel itself but on PZ’... »

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