Skepticism

  • Photo of The “Herd Mentality” is Not a Public Health Strategy..

    The “Herd Mentality” is Not a Public Health Strategy..

    Last night Strange and I tuned into the presidential debate, like many other Americans. Our family has decided (like many readers of this site) who we will support, but it feels like the duty of any responsible American to tune into some basic events – the State of the Union, the Presidential Debates, and statements from the Oval Office. I…

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  • Photo of The Study Showing Over 260,000 COVID-19 Cases From the Sturgis Rally Has a Fatal Flaw

    The Study Showing Over 260,000 COVID-19 Cases From the Sturgis Rally Has a Fatal Flaw

    When I first saw headlines last week that researchers found that the Sturgis motorcycle rally, which attracted 460,000 attendees to Sturgis South Dakota last month, has resulted in over 260,000 new COVID-19 cases, my first reaction was one of indignation. How dare these bikers take indiscriminate risks like attending a Smash Mouth concert in middle of a pandemic, bringing disease…

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  • Photo of Should You Be Skeptical of a COVID-19 Vaccine?

    Should You Be Skeptical of a COVID-19 Vaccine?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: I’ve been fighting anti-vaccine nonsense for the past 15 years. The problem started way before I even became active in science communication, way back in 1998 when Andrew Wakefield drew the blood of children at a birthday party with…

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  • Photo of Ben Shapiro Tries to Figure Out How Many People Got COVID-19 from Sturgis

    Ben Shapiro Tries to Figure Out How Many People Got COVID-19 from Sturgis

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Guys, Ben Shapiro is confused. I mean that in general but also specifically he is confused about a recent study that found that this year’s Sturgis motorcycle rally was a “superspreader” event that led to an uptick in COVID-19…

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  • Photo of Personal Tolls of the Return to In-Person Teaching

    Personal Tolls of the Return to In-Person Teaching

    I’ve been away from The Chicks for several weeks because I’ve been working on my promotion package. There are lots of people going through some seriously heavy shit right now. I’m more fortunate than most, but I’m not sure I’ll ever forget this summer. Getting ready for faculty promotion is already a high stress gambit. But, I did it in…

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  • Photo of Why Do Humans Have Sex in Private? Evolutionary Psychology has a Guess

    Why Do Humans Have Sex in Private? Evolutionary Psychology has a Guess

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Here’s a fun thing to think about in the name of science: why do humans have sex the way they do? You know, with the whipped cream and the inflatable penguin and the laser pointers? (That’s how everyone has…

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  • Photo of Why People Believe a Doctor who Says Witches Cause Impotence

    Why People Believe a Doctor who Says Witches Cause Impotence

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Yesterday I talked about how easy it is to get people to believe pseudoscience: even if you are a magician who tells someone you’re doing a magic trick, they will believe you when you tell them you’re using pseudoscientific…

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  • Photo of How Trump is Trying to Hide His COVID-19 Catastrophe

    How Trump is Trying to Hide His COVID-19 Catastrophe

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Last week, the Trump administration announced a bold new plan for stopping the disturbing trend we’re seeing in the United States regarding the steady increase in deaths and new cases of COVID-19: they’re going to encourage strong legislation requiring…

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