• Meta Stuff

    It’s the Sundaylies, with a Little Scientology, a Pinch of Sexual Assault Prevention, and a Dash of Pink Robots

    Sunday Funny: Schlub Actually (via Tree Lobsters!) Mad Art Lab Computing Venus: The Astronomy of Maria Mitchell Meet the woman who put American astronomy on the map. Mad Art Cast: Going Clear The gang talks about the Scientology documentary, “Going Clear.” Escéptica Gods! Cerridwen (en español) Silvia tells us about the really weird story of the Celtic goddess Cerridwen. Queereka…

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  • Skepchick Book Club: Going Clear

      (Note: The end of this post contains details for the next book club.) Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we read Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright. I’m a huge fan of the New Yorker, so I was excited to read this book because I’ve enjoyed Wright’s other pieces in…

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  • Quickies

    Skepchick Quickies 7.2

    Good morn… errrr, afternoon folks in the Skepchick-verse. Hey, you all know I’m an astronomer, right? I am belatedly taking over the Quickies for a bit while Mary goes off saving the universe from hostile aliens bent on enslaving the human race. Seriously, our work is never done. Hope you enjoy your fresh, hot serving of quickies! A mass exodus…

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  • Skepticism

    Welcome Back to Reality, Katie Holmes!

    OK well not “reality” so much, because you are probably a millionaire (you’ve got Batman money!), but welcome back to a world in which it’s totally okay for you to Google the word “Xenu.” It can’t have been easy to live and be married to a Scientologist for five long years, and it can’t be easy to finally admit that…

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  • AI: Scientology and other Odd Beliefs

    I am fascinated with Scientology. I live in Hollywood and so I am constantly forced to interact with the members of this elite group (of anyone) on the street on a daily basis. The members stand on the sidewalk in front of the Scientology buildings and try to find new people who aren’t familiar with the groups teachings. They have…

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  • A HollyWOO Report: Scientology and Travolta

    Is John Travolta through with Scientology? The Hollywood rumor mill is running wild, and there is still no actual evidence other than a report of John Travolta, grief stricken, driving his golf cart in the wee hours of the night. There has been no actual statement from the family and other than the golf cart reports and the spotting of…

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  • KESQ Reporter Exposes Scientology

    I often criticize journalists for lack of skepticism, so I like to balance it a bit with kudos for those who deserve it. A helpful tipster sent me word that Nathan Baca of KESQ in Palm Springs is doing a 5-part series looking into a prison-like center where Scientologist security guards tackled an Anonymous protester, ground his face into the…

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  • Weekend Wrap-up

    Last night’s Skeptics in the Pub was fantastic! Patty Pieniadz spoke about her experience as a high-ranking Scientologist, giving an in-depth look at how the CoS convinces new recruits to suspend their critical thinking skills and accept even the most bizarre claims as truth. Patty’s journey from non-questioning believer to full-fledged skeptic is not only inspiring to hear, but also…

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