Special Articles — Skepchick
A column by Skepchick.org's Rebecca Watson
November 11, 2015
Some of my friends, including the very editor of this article, felt vindicated recently when mainstream news outlets reported "Your cat might actually want to kill you." It brings me no joy to report that they are wrong. Okay: a little joy.
July 22, 2015
When Skeptical Inquirer asked me to report on a skeptical conference happening in my backyard of San Francisco, I was, well, skeptical. I’ve been attending and occasionally speaking at skeptics’ conferences for the past decade, and with that investment of time in a relatively tiny subculture, one tends to see the same “big ticket” speakers over and over again.
March 9, 2015
Many people believe the answer is to do everything in our power to teach people the facts that demonstrate the safety and efficacy of vaccines as well as the dangers of avoiding them. The problem with this is that facts may not be as compelling as we want them to be.
February 26, 2014
The schedule ran from noon until 6:15pm and was packed with talks like, “Bigfoot Eyeshine—What Is It?” and “What Would Sasquatch Do?” which I imagined as a lecture on top-down morality and ethics as espoused by a shy, possibly fictional woodland creature.
April 17, 2013
There are many ways a science news story can hit the mainstream media and become a viral hit: does it involve an adorable, terrifying, or adorably terrifying new species of animal? Did a politician say something hilariously ignorant about it? And perhaps more importantly, does it involve breasts?
August 27, 2012
“One of the important contributions of CSICon is that we’re bringing the actual research to bear on the issues people are talking about.”
August 24, 2012
Xoçai! Exotic, enticing, and unpronounceable to monolingual English tongues—the perfect name for an expensive chocolate product sold exclusively through multi-level marketing (MLM) using dodgy health claims.
February 13, 2012
Today's topic: strange sounds coming from the sky, which have taken YouTube by storm. I'm going to explain some of them, but as soon as I do, someone will upload a new video using a new trick and someone else will have to start all over again to debunk it.
January 31, 2012
According to its website, FoFPF (pronounced: "fawf-pfffff") "revolutionizes paranormal programming by investigating the evidence witnesses post on the Internet every day." Finally, someone is paying attention to "amateur paranormal researchers" who post fuzzy videos on YouTube!
August 31, 2011
The Daily Mail published an article titled Mount Etna eruption closes airports and 'knocks clocks 15 minutes fast.' Nearly half those words are correct.