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Moonacy

Moonacy

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
July 31, 2013

Our moon has about as much gravitational effect on the body of any one person as a mosquito sitting on someone’s arm. If the amount of gravity the moon commands really did affect rates of crime, suicide, homicide, depression, and accidents, any swarm of the pests would be a flying disaster waiting to happen.

Over-reliance on Science

Over-reliance on Science

by Sharon Hill
Sounds Sciencey
July 26, 2013

Science is great, one of the best processes humans have come up with. It has everything to do with how we live long, productive, healthy lives. It is not, however, the be-all and end-all method of how to solve every problem.

Do You Believe In Magic? Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

Do You Believe In Magic? Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
July 19, 2013

In Do You Believe in Magic? he criticizes the negative impact that celebrities like Jenny McCarthy can have on the public understanding and support of good health and science. In addition, he offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry.

When All of Us Are Nostradamus

When All of Us Are Nostradamus

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
July 11, 2013

Peeking at the hand fate dealt you is commonplace in a world where psychics actually exist. For them, the future is as clear as the past, though abilities would range from Spidey sense to Oracle at Delphi.

The Most Adorable Mandible

The Most Adorable Mandible

by LaRae Meadows
July 2, 2013

It should be a surprise to no one when skeptics congregate at conferences, the conversations and talks are nothing short of extraordinary with one-liners that cannot be found anywhere else. Not convinced? Keep reading. SkeptiCal 2013 will serve as our case study.

How Much Do You Love Science? Interview with Elise Andrew

How Much Do You Love Science? Interview with Elise Andrew

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
July 1, 2013

Elise Andrew is a U.K. blogger, social media specialist, science communicator, and webmaster. She is the founder and maintainer of the Facebook page “I F****** Love Science,” which as of June 2013, has 5.6 million likes.

Blame the Victim, But Get a Bentley

Blame the Victim, But Get a Bentley

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
June 27, 2013

If brain waves could really make it out of the head and into some cosmic crucible of creation, neurology would be radically transformed (not to mention that it would become the most groundbreaking science in history).

The Downing of Flight 800—The Conspiracy Theory I Believed

The Downing of Flight 800—The Conspiracy Theory I Believed

by Robert Blaskiewicz
The Conspiracy Guy
June 24, 2013

It was an election year, 1996, the end of Clinton’s first term. I was not a Clinton fan. During one of my calls back home, I talked to a family member whose client was an executive at TWA, which was based in my hometown of St. Louis. And my family member told me that this client said that after the election it was going to come out that a training missile had taken down TWA Flight 800.

Investigating Plagiarism in New Age Books

Investigating Plagiarism in New Age Books

by Ben Radford
Online Extras
June 20, 2013

I recently uncovered rampant plagiarism in a HarperCollins title The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires: An A–Z of the Undead, “written” (more accurately “cut-and-pasted-from-the-Internet”) by Theresa Cheung.

The Life of Death

The Life of Death

by Kyle Hill
Reductio ad Absurdum
June 12, 2013

More humans have died than you will ever meet, see, or learn about. Since our split from the apes, Earth has been littered with the detritus of human demise—nearly 110 billion bodies. If spirits did live on after death, most of the people you meet will have already met their end. Every single house on Earth would be haunted by default.

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