Blog Archives for January 2012

The Mayan Calendar, 2012, and Doomsday: A Primer

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
January 25, 2012

It's no secret that the ancient Mayans (as opposed to the modern ones, some of whom work in offices and use cell phones) had a famous calendar that "runs out" in December of this year. Just what that means--if anything--is the question. Does it hold any particular significance for Doomday, the Apocalpyse, or Armageddon? Here's a (very) short primer on the Mayan calendar.

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RileyGate: Lessons Learned

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
January 11, 2012

A recent blog I wrote about a viral video featuring a "pint-sized pundit" ranting about gender stereotypes was flawed in several ways, and deserved much of the criticism it got. 

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‘Expert Eyewitness’ Shoots Dog Walker: Skeptical Lessons from Tragedy

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
January 05, 2012

A woman was shot last week when a state trooper mistook her two retriever dogs for a deer; what does this say about expert eyewitness testimony?

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Rebecca and Riley: Tempest in a Doll’s Tea Party

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
January 02, 2012

Skepchick blogger and skeptical colleague Rebecca Watson wrote a scathing blog about a column I wrote on a viral video starring a girl named Riley, and her rant about gender-stereotyped colors and toys. How valid are her criticisms? Decide for yourself. 

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