94th Birthday of Richard Feynman

Today would have been the 94th birthday of physicist Richard Feynman. Feynman was, of course, one of the most influential physicists of our time, but he was also more than that. He was a philosopher-scientist, the kind of thinker that would go to great lengths to put his terrific sum of knowledge into perspective for […]

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Stephen Colbert Slams Don McLeroy

Don McLeroy is a dentist from Bryan, Texas who has served on the Texas State Board of Education. Don is a creationist, the kind that believes the earth is 6000 years old and that humans lived with dinosaurs until a magic flood killed them. It goes without saying that such a person is completely disconnected […]

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Confessions of a Time Traveling Child

Andrew Basiago is a lawyer and a journalist from Vancouver, who also claims to have discovered life on Mars and to have been part of a secret government project as a child that involved regular time-travel. It looks like Andrew has been making these claims since 2008, but a recent surge in attention to his […]

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A Win for Science: AA Wont Air Antivax Interview

A little protest was ignited among skeptics this week when it was announced that American Airlines would be playing an antivax interview in-flight as well as publishing the interview in their magazine. The interview is with a woman named Meryl Dorey, queen of the quacks, who asserts anti-scientific claims about vaccines causing autism and DNA alterations and […]

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Gripp – Head In The Cloud, A rap album with a skeptical and atheist message

On the most recent episode of Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe they interviewed Gripp, aka Marshall Gillson, a talented musician and rapper. Gripp’s newest album is filled with songs with a skeptical message and strong arguments for atheism. After a few song samples played on SGU I knew I had to hear more of Gripp’s […]

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Tennessee Passes Anti-Science Education Law

For the past few weeks there has been news about another anti-science education bill making the rounds in Tennessee. This bill, like the many others being proposed all over the country, pretends to be for the expansion of science education by pretending that there is conflict and controversy in the sciences. In reality, it is […]

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Scorched Earth Skepticism

When I watched the video of Phil Plait’s talk at TAM 8 encouraging the skeptical community to keep in mind the big picture of what we are trying to do as skeptical activists, it resonated with me. He asserted that more people are swayed by kindness, logic, and reason than by aggressiveness, derision, and ridicule. […]

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Charlie’s Derangels

ABC Nightline is doing a special report tonight, April 5 2012, on exorcism as part of their series Faith Matters. The special will focus on many aspects of the religious practice of exorcism but one of the main points of focus will be three young women in Phoenix Arizona, who fancy themselves demon hunters. The […]

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2012 Pigasus Awards

The Pigasus Awards are “awards” given out each year by the JREF. The awards are given to people who are peddlers of woo and mysticism. They are a fun way to raise awareness about some of societies most disgusting offenders to reality. The Pigasus Award Wikipedia entry has more info and a list of previous […]

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Ghost Hunters Flashlight Trick Exposed

A trick commonly used by ghost hunters to “communicate” with ghosts has been expertly debunked by YouTube user, Verklagekasper. The trick consists of a ghost hunter turning the head of a flashlight so that it is just between on and off, then laying that flashlight down and asking questions at the “spirits”. The light will then […]

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