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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,...

Americans often find it hard to distinguish between fact and opinion

Americans often find it hard to distinguish between fact and opinion

There’s a new Pew survey out that asks a timely question, or rather several timely questions. How often can Americans distinguish between factual statements (that is, statements...

New York Times and the Return of Astrology

New York Times and the Return of Astrology

A recent opinion piece in the New York Times by Krista Burton is perhaps one sign of recent social trends – increasing belief in things like astrology, especially among...

Truth Decay: A Threat to Policymaking and Democracy

Truth Decay: A Threat to Policymaking and Democracy

A Threat to Policymaking and Democracy Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience. تصدع الحقيقة: تهديد لصناعة السياسات والديمقراطية Arabic language...

Marcus Aurelius on What His Father Taught Him About Humility, Honor, Kindness, and Integrity

Marcus Aurelius on What His Father Taught Him About Humility, Honor, Kindness, and Integrity

Marcus Aurelius on What His Father Taught Him About Humility, Honor, Kindness, and Integrity Marcus Aurelius is considered the last of Ancient Rome’s Five Good Emperors, but he...

The World’s Best Pickpocket Explains How He Would Rob The Met Gala

The World’s Best Pickpocket Explains How He Would Rob The Met Gala

Apollo Robbins has made a career out of upending people’s perceptions. Widely revered by his peers as the best pickpocket in the world, Robbins confines his gifts to the right...