Blog Archives for January 2011

Carl Sagan on Astrology

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
January 26, 2011

With astrology in the news recently, why not enjoy Carl Sagan's skeptical view?

UK to Consider Reform of Science-Stifling Libel Laws

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
January 26, 2011

The UK may revise libel laws that have chilled scientific research and expression about fraud, human rights, and other issues.

1 Comment

Vegetarianism: moral stance or mere preference?

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
January 26, 2011

If there are no compelling ethical reasons supporting vegetarianism, it risks degenerating to the level of preference.

9 Comments

A Closer Look at a Famous Study Linking TV Exposure to Eating Disorders

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
January 26, 2011

A widely-cited 2002 study of girls in Fiji is said to have found good evidence that TV can lead to eating disorders. Does it?

1 Comment

“Season of the Witch” (A Nickell-odeon Review)

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 25, 2011

Supernatural thriller helps keep Church in the Middle Ages.

1 Comment

How Not to Argue for Atheism

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
January 20, 2011

Even atheists commonly get started the wrong way.

12 Comments

Secrets of the Mona Lisa “Code”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 19, 2011

Viewers may be seeing things.

3 Comments

How the Media Mystify Tragedy

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
January 18, 2011

The press, politicians, and pundits needlessly mystify national tragedies like the Tucson shooting.

4 Comments

Political discourse must improve, but let’s not overreach

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
January 17, 2011

Americans are right to condemn harsh political rhetoric, but we shouldn't expect discourse that is nice and neat.

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Christian Silliness

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
January 14, 2011

In Florida, a state senator wants "Merry Christmas" to be the official greeting for December 25

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What’s Your Sign Now?

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
January 14, 2011

Your Zodiac sign may have changed after Asrtonomers corrected for the precession of Earth's axis since Babylonian times.

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Is Science or Naturalism an Ideology?

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
January 12, 2011

The label of "ideology" gets thrown at the wrong targets.

4 Comments

House GOP to Prevent EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
January 11, 2011

House Republicans are threatening to gut the EPA's budget in a ploy to prevent regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

2 Comments

Richard Saunders Helps Expose ‘Power Balance’ Bands

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
January 11, 2011

Australian skeptic Richard Saunders discusses his role in exposing the "Power Balance" bands

Considering some common objections to philosophy

Democratic Discourse with Michael De Dora
January 10, 2011

People often tell me that philosophy is esoteric and useless. Are they correct?

1 Comment

The Murders in Arizona and Pakistan

No Faith Value with Ronald A. Lindsay
January 09, 2011

Reflections on political assassination and freedom of expression

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Thermal-image “Ghosts”

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 06, 2011

More on ghost-hunting pseudoscience.

1 Comment

Religion and the Madness of Crowds

It’s Only Natural with John Shook
January 05, 2011

Religion claims common sense for its side, but there is only madness in its method.

1 Comment

Bighoax Revisited

Investigative Briefs with Joe Nickell
January 04, 2011

More on Philip Morris, Bigsuit maker.

House Republicans Appoint Climate Change Deniers to Committee Chairs

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
January 04, 2011

The Republican Leadership has appointed climate science deniers to the chairmanships of several important House committees.

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Critic of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law Shot Dead

Reasonable Doubt with Derek C. Araujo
January 04, 2011

Police say Governor Salman Taseer was murdered because of his vocal opposition to Pakistan's blasphemy law.

2 Comments