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The Carefully Chosen Wars of Free Speech Warriors

The Carefully Chosen Wars of Free Speech Warriors

Libertarian and comedian Liam Mullone asked me some questions about free speech. I replied too late, so as not to waste my typing, here are some answers. Many people have said...

Canadian video debunking fake online health claims becomes viral hit | CBC News

Canadian video debunking fake online health claims becomes viral hit | CBC News

Jonathan Jarry's job is to separate sense from nonsense in science, but he never imagined that creating a fake news video would end up being his most effective tool. Facebook...

An embarrassing moment for the skeptical movement

An embarrassing moment for the skeptical movement

Twentyone years ago physicist Alan Sokal perpetrated his famous hoax at the expense of the postmodernist journal Social Text. It was at the height of the so-called “science...

This Video About a Moss-Based Cancer Cure from 1816 Teaches Us a Valuable Lesson

This Video About a Moss-Based Cancer Cure from 1816 Teaches Us a Valuable Lesson

Did you know that a cure for cancer was discovered in 1816 by Dr. Johan R. Tarjany? It involved a species of moss that could alter the double helical structure of DNA. But the...

Why We Think That Everything Happens for a Reason

Why We Think That Everything Happens for a Reason

Many people go through life and face adversity, and believe that ‘everything happens for a reason’ or that things are ‘meant to be.’ Many are certain that their lives are guided...

Why media coverage of alternative cancer cures is dangerous

Why media coverage of alternative cancer cures is dangerous

Last week the Mirror Online reported on the story of Kelly Logan – a 34-year old breast cancer patient who has refused the surgery and chemotherapy her doctors advised, electing...

I am neither trans nor a woman. Can I write about the issues they face?

I am neither trans nor a woman. Can I write about the issues they face?

James Kirkup is Director of the Social Market Foundation, a think-tank in London, and a writer for theSpectatormagazine. His experience of being a man writing about transgender...

Dunning-Kruger, Philosophy, and Science Fans

Dunning-Kruger, Philosophy, and Science Fans

Science fans talking about philosophy is never. Not. Funny. According to RationalWiki, “The Dunning-Kruger effect occurs where people fail to adequately assess their level of...

Why Bogus Therapies Seem to Work - CSI

Why Bogus Therapies Seem to Work - CSI

December 5, 2014 Public discussion of scientific topics such as global warming is confused by misuse of the term “skeptic.” Why Bogus Therapies Seem to Work At least ten kinds...

Artist Sells “Hot Dog Water” For $38 a Bottle to Show How Gullible People Are

Artist Sells “Hot Dog Water” For $38 a Bottle to Show How Gullible People Are

It sounds like something David “Avocado” Wolfe might do, but in this case it’s a skeptic doing some performance art. A man in Vancouver, Canada had enough of people buying...

OK State Rep’s Education Plan Blames “Secular Progressives” for Ruining Schools

OK State Rep’s Education Plan Blames “Secular Progressives” for Ruining Schools

This Tuesday, Oklahoma will hold its primaries for the upcoming election, and Chuck Strohm will be running for re-election in the state’s House of Representatives. After...

Businesses looking for perceptive thinkers are looking for philosophy majors

Businesses looking for perceptive thinkers are looking for philosophy majors

Last month, a philosophy major from the University of Dallas carried his diploma straight from academia to a job in investment banking. He got this job not despite his degree,...