Skepticism

  • Two identical spam tweets promoting hematite rings.

    Hematite rings are fragile, not magic

    I know. If you’re a Skepchick reader you are very unlikely to think hematite rings are magic, and you’ve probably encountered the “magnetism/crystals cure everything”-woo before. My wife frequently states it’s very cute how I manage to be surprised at the continued prevalence of solidly debunked nonsense, but maybe I’m not alone and some of you need a refresher on…

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  • Nerd Immunity! Do Glasses Protect You From COVID?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Well, it’s been a rough year but I’m happy to report that there’s finally some good news. For me. “Glasses wearers less likely to get COVID, study says.” Oh, joy! Hooray! This is absolutely great news for me and…

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  • Snow Won’t Melt? Normalize Not Knowing!

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! A whole bunch of the US just got hit with snow, so you know what that means: snow angels? No. Skiing? Nah. Weird conspiracy theories about the government? BINGO. All over social media, people have been filming themselves trying and…

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow is Here to Cure Your COVID Symptoms with Snake Oil

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Six months ago, which is about 2 weeks in pandemic time, I talked about COVID-19 “long-haulers”: people who contracted COVID-19, survived, but never fully recovered even months later. Most of the patients reporting this were women with an average age…

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  • The Coolest Woman I Have Ever Met…

    Today I had a meeting with a woman who is, in all seriousness, the coolest woman I have ever met. I feel the need to convey her coolness to you in this post because it is a mitzvah to share this level of coolness with others. A story about the coolest woman I’ve ever met…(Source) We met each other through…

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  • Why COVID-19 May Have Killed My Office Hours…For the Better

    I am a university professor. I have been at my current institution for almost 7 years. I tell you this to reassure you that what I am about to tell you comes with a fair amount of data behind it. Up until this past semester, my office hours were probably the biggest waste of my time. Now, that is not…

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  • Why 1,200 Calories IS Enough for Some People

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Content warning! In this video I’m going to be talking about weight loss and calories. If you have an eating disorder or other condition that might be worsened by that kind of talk, I highly suggest you give this one…

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  • I Agree with a Republican: Trust the Experts

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Way back in March of 2020 I was, like many of you, sorting through a load of new information about a very scary, quickly escalating virus. I distinctly remember conversations with family members who were either flipping their shit or…

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