Blog Archives for January 2013

Tripping on the Trebuchet: An Interview with George Hrab

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
January 15, 2013

 Not long ago, when George Hrab's latest CD Trebuchet came out, I sat down (not actually, literally, or even metaphorically) and asked him about his music and skeptical influences. And, really, things I probably shouldn't have asked, but there you go. And here you go. 

Trigger Warnings: Public Service or Fallacious Fad?

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
January 06, 2013

Proponents and critics of "trigger warnings" (warnings placed before discussions and descriptions of potentially traumatic events in articles and blogs) have argued that the warnings are either important, useless, a cynical attempt to get readers, infantilizing, considerate, ridiculous, and everything in between. There seems to be little real research into the validity and utility of trigger warnings; for those who wish to take an analytical look at the topic, here's a place to start. 

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Questioning a Local Landmark

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
January 02, 2013

In my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, one of the top tourist attractions is the Sandia Peak Tramway, "the world's longest." But is it?