Skepticism

  • 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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  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and the R01 Thirst Trap

    As I spend the day reflecting, I have read this newly released article from my colleagues Michael Taffe and Nicholas Gilpin at eLife about 10 times. Each time I read it, I discover something else that tickles my brain and provokes my thoughts. Do yourself a favor and go read Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Racial inequity in grant funding from…

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  • I was Wrong about False Memories

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! I’ve always thought part of the fun of being a skeptic is changing your mind when you get evidence that indicates a belief you previously held isn’t grounded in reality. Now, I’m not perfect, and I’m sure I still have…

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    Do I Still Need to Wear a Mask if I Had the Covid-19 Vaccine?

    If you’ve already had the Covid-19 vaccine or if you’ve already had the virus, do you still need to mask up in public or with people outside of your social bubble? The answer is yes, and there are both scientific and ethical reasons for you to continue to wear your mask for the near future. Just so we’re clear, wearing…

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    If You Only Care About the Covid-19 Death Rate, You Are Missing the Big Picture

    Frequently, when I’m browsing Facebook, I see friends post stories about the devastation of Covid-19. And then I see others posting comments like, “only 1% of people die from it” or “most of the people died from something else.” In addition to these anti-science statements being utterly heartless, they’re also missing the point. If you say something like, “most people…

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  • Covid-19 Vaccine Questions: Are mRNA Vaccines Safe? Will They Alter my DNA? How Do They Work?

    There has been so much excitement in the news recently about the recently-approved mRNA-based vaccines. But there are also a lot of questions, like how do we know it’s safe? How exactly is mRNA different than a normal vaccine? Do you trust it enough to take it yourself? I can answer a lot of these questions as a scientist who…

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  • Supreme Court Allows Churches to Kill Worshippers

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Well, as expected, our garbage government confirmed a garbage person to replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and she’s a woman so you know, liberals should be happy. A quick note on this that baffles me: when Amy Coney Barrett was…

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