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ICYMI: May 12 – May 18 on the Skepchick Network

ICYMI: May 12 – May 18 on the Skepchick Network

On your mark! Get set!  GO READ ALL THE SKEPCHICK NETWORK AWESOME! Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 48: Physicists Make Weird Things for Science Mindy draws a weird picture in the name of physics, and also talks tries to explain moment of inertia. Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be Eddy muses on the concept of hell. Speak You Mind: Summer Vacation The whole summer is ahead of you. What ar... »

Skepchick Quickies 5.1

Skepchick Quickies 5.1

Kimberly Bryant is on a mission to increase the number of women of color in the digital space. Black Girls Code. “Most seeds these days are genetically modified.” Interestingly enough, that’s a myth, according to Dan Charles. Here are the other top myths of genetically modified seeds. {found via Melody H.} I’m usually pretty much in love with Pennsylvania. Right now I am co... »

Is There a Liberal War on Science?

Is There a Liberal War on Science?

If so, Michael Shermer hasn’t made a very good case for it. Today, via io9, I stumbled across an article by Shermer in Scientific American called “The Liberals’ War on Science,” in which he argues that liberals are no better (or not much better) than conservatives when it comes to science denial. This may be my bleeding heart liberal bias speaking, but it’s not terrib... »

Ask Surly Amy: Genetically Modified Plants

Ask Surly Amy: Genetically Modified Plants

Surly Amy, Can we please have an evidence-based discussion on genetically engineered foods? On the one hand, I get that companies like Monsanto are doing really horrible things to farmers [like not letting them save seeds], but on the other hand, I’m questioning the idea that if a food is genetically engineered it is automatically toxic and bad both for people’s health and the environm... »

Ask Surly Amy: GMO’s and Superbugs

Ask Surly Amy: GMO’s and Superbugs

Dear Amy, As a proud skeptic I have always defended GM foods as a necessary and wonderful lifesaving measure. However, I recently found a study online about how the corn rootworm has developed a resistance to the GM pesticides and fears of ‘superbugs’ evolving are echoing across the net. I am always willing to change my mind in the face of new evidence, but I’m not yet convinced ... »

Babies and Bathwater: Monsanto

Babies and Bathwater: Monsanto

In a world ridden with woo, it can be hard to discern between something that is of genuine concern and something harmless that people oppose due to a faulty understanding of the world. However, to disregard any criticisms of any given thing just because the woo-minded oppose it is to endorse a stubbornly contrary sort of dogma. One example of something that is often criticized for unscientific (or... »

Ask Surly Amy: Genetically Modified Food

Hello, I would like to ask advice on conflict I’m having with my songwriting partner on the subject of genetically altered food. I recently posted a segment from P&T B.S. with the interview with Norman Borlaug explaining the enormous benefits of his innovations. She responded by saying she could not agree because she believes that only unaltered seeds straight from “mother earth... »