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Scoping the Sciences

Scoping the Sciences

by LaRae Meadows
September 16, 2016

Scientists and their champions are leveraging Periscope as a tool for making the ravine between scientific ignorance and scientific knowledge narrower in an effort to improve public understanding.

The Challenges of Science Communication: An Interview with Kevin Folta

The Challenges of Science Communication: An Interview with Kevin Folta

by Susan Gerbic
September 15, 2016

People don’t understand that genetic engineering can provide tremendous solutions to contemporary problems and help people and the environment. The average citizen needs to realize that we spend tons of public money to solve problems

“That Doesn’t Mean It Really Happened”: An Interview with Elizabeth Loftus

“That Doesn’t Mean It Really Happened”: An Interview with Elizabeth Loftus

by Carrie Poppy
Online Extras
September 8, 2016

This kind of work can help us appreciate a lot of the things that the skeptic community cares about. How is it people think that they saw UFOs? How is it that people can think they were abducted by aliens? Or, how is it that people see Jesus in toast?

Consensus: Could Two Hundred Scientists Be Wrong?

Consensus: Could Two Hundred Scientists Be Wrong?

by Stuart Vyse
Behavior & Belief
September 2, 2016

Scientists have a unique and important role in the public dialogue. They are trusted—or should be—to have special skills of analysis achieved after long study and practice. There are many important social issues to which scientists can and should contribute. Unfortunately, when it comes to evolution, climate change, and the benefits of vaccination, scientists are too often ignored.

Skeptics Can Be Conned Too: An Interview with Maria Konnikova

Skeptics Can Be Conned Too: An Interview with Maria Konnikova

by Carrie Poppy
Online Extras
September 2, 2016

I think I’m fighting against overconfidence, right? This belief that all you need to do is be cynical and skeptical to avoid being conned… And what I say to that, and this is a point that I may or may not make in my actual talk, is that con artists get conned all the time—the best con artists in the world!

Cuando los escépticos alimentamos al monstruo

Cuando los escépticos alimentamos al monstruo

by Luis Alfonso Gámez
¡Paparruchas!
September 2, 2016

Si no es algo nuevo, ¿por qué resulta preocupante lo que pasa en el programa de televisión del que hablo? Ir a un programa de radio y televisión hoy es otra cosa y más cuando es de sobra conocido que se trata de un espacio dedicado al misterio.

A ‘Nickell’ for Your Thoughts: A Conversation with Joe Nickell

A ‘Nickell’ for Your Thoughts: A Conversation with Joe Nickell

by Timothy Binga
Online Extras
August 29, 2016

What, in a given instance, causes people to think they are experiencing spirits? The debunkers—with their smarter-than-them attitude—speak only to their fellow doubters. They would apparently rather be right than effective.

New Superfoods: Kakadu Plums and Cockroach Milk

New Superfoods: Kakadu Plums and Cockroach Milk

by Harriet Hall
SkepDoc's Corner
August 26, 2016

“Put simply, it is magic!” In my opinion, the only thing magical about it is the magical thinking required to believe the claims for it.

El “Detector de mentiras”: gran ejemplo de ciencia chatarra

El “Detector de mentiras”: gran ejemplo de ciencia chatarra

by Morton E. Tavel, traducido por Alexandro Borgo
Online Extras
August 25, 2016

¿Cuántas veces se probó que era falsa la “detección de mentiras por una máquina”?

Life as We Know It: An Interview with Jill Tarter

Life as We Know It: An Interview with Jill Tarter

by Leonard Tramiel
August 23, 2016

So the sorts of “weird life” considered by the NAS in their 2007 report “The Limits of Organic Life in Planetary Systems” could in fact exist on Earth today or on distant real estate orbiting other stars. Now that we know that real estate is there, extremophiles suggest we should investigate worlds unlike Earth as well as looking for Earth 2.0.

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