ICYMI: August 11 – August 17 on the Skepchick Network
Even Teens are Paying Attention to Gluten, Nowadays
The misunderstanding of gluten has trickled down to the teenage set, it seems.
It’s Just a Phase
The thoughts and experiences of someone should not be dismissed out of hand simply because that someone is a teenager.
CIA Finally Admits Existence of Area 51 – Let’s Talk Ad Hoc
Christian explains how conspiracy theorists use the ad hoc logical fallacy to ignore reality.
Dam It, Hoover!
Gigi and family get a good look at the Colorado River and the Hoover Dam.
Kitchen Lab: An Experiment in Cup-Pan-Cakes
Beth learns from her mistakes while trying to make a hybrid cupcake-pancake.
Art Inquisition: Who Needs Art School?
Is art school worth it?
King of the Hill (en español)
On our tendency to make the food chain about winners and losers.
Meteors, Shooting Stars, and Other Stuff (en español)
Why doesn’t the media use cool astronomical events to teach about science?
Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs) are artificially inflating their presence on social media. We should be encouraged by that.
The Dangers of Hero Worship and Demonization
Let’s dismantle the idea of having heroes.
The Erasure of Beanna Manning
To all the people who constantly misgender PFC Manning: You should be ashamed of yourselves.
When Heroes Fall (på norsk)
Veronica sums up the latest events on the topic of sexual harassment in the skeptics and atheist community.
Pop Quiz: How Can We Use Games in Education?
Have you ever learned something useful from a game? Have you ever used games in your teaching?
Pop Quiz: Playtime in Class!
What in-school activities did you like best as a kid?
The Atheist Academic IX: My First Day of Teaching Bible Lit
Tori’s first day teaching the Bible as literature wasn’t as bad as she feared it would be.
Answers in Science with PZ Myers, Aron Ra, Zack Kopplin, and More
Courtney provides a wrap-up of the Answers in Science event held in Houston, TX.
Kai explains the importance of the #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen Twitter hashtag.
Featured image credit: OakleyOriginals
Gluten is interesting, because while some people do need to avoid gluten, no, it’s not something we all need to avoid. Just like how I’m lactose intolerant, but that doesn’t mean I have to go full-on vegan, despite what some groups say.
“Just a phase” is particularly applied to bisexuality. I think it has to do with the fact that, indeed, some self-identified straight teenage boys (and even grown men) will occasionally dabble in homosexual acts, mostly masturbation. (Oddly, this rationale supports the “just a phase” meme which supports the “no bi men” meme which is contradicted by the aforementioned homosexual acts because the human mind is fully capable of “p AND NOT p” thinking.) And now that networks use lesbianism as a way to get sweeps, you can see where this is going.
People forget that as a species, the “losers” of the food chain would be overpopulated without the “winners”. Cue massive die off from starvation and infectious disease.
Funny thing is, my sparring partner’s a transman (and kicks my butt more often than not), but I’d never heard of TERFs before Tumblr. I know it’s just regurgitating the same transphobic memes from /b/ and Reddit (e.g., “it’s a trap”), but I was surprised such a thing even existed.
Teaching the Bible as literature isn’t that difficult. I mean, it’s not that different than teaching the Iliad. But nobody (and I don’t mean Odysseus) assumes one must believe in Eris and Aphrodite to lead a discussion with high school students on Homer. So it’s not that different.
I’ll post about #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen on the page itself.
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