Checking the Safety Check

April 11, 2017

Many people use Facebook's "Safety Check" function to alert friends and family that they are safe during attacks and disasters. But how useful is it? 

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When Talking to the Dead Leads to Death

April 05, 2017

People claiming to speak with ghosts have at times led to serious consequences, including death.

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A Skeptical Review of ‘Get Out’

March 17, 2017

The new horror/comedy film 'Get Out,' which has garnered widespread critical acclaim and commercial success, touches on conspiracies, urban legends, and hypnosis.

 

 

 

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The 10% Fail: Dieting Girls Statistics (Case Study)

February 23, 2017

The second in a series examining regrettable errors in ideas and projects that I otherwise support. 

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Yes! Yes! Ye- Oh, Damn: The 10% Fail

February 06, 2017

I often encounter blogs and articles that I fully agree with--up until the writer stumbles, making a mistake that I can't in good conscience implicitly endorse. 

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How False Reports Target Muslims and Minorities

February 02, 2017

Skeptics and skeptical researchers routinely encounter and investigate a wide variety false reports. When false reports concern "unexplained" topics the result is usually just wasted time. However when false reports involve real-world crimes they often implicate minorities and can result in miscarriages of justice. 

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Trump Revisited

January 27, 2017

Shortly after Donald Trump's election I wrote a blog titled "On Trump" in which I briefly examined some of the myths about his election; I revisit it in light of the first week of his presidency.

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Reading Romance Novels in Jamaica

January 17, 2017

A conversation with a Jamaican reader of romance novels. 

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Parsing ‘Fake News’

January 03, 2017

‘Fake News' has become a social boogeyman over the past few months. Because "fake news" is so commonly encountered (both the phrase itself and variants of the phenomena it purports to describe), it's useful to briefly unpack that concept.

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The Mysterious Oneida Clown Menace

December 20, 2016

A woman claims her two children were chased by a scary clown in a New York park, but the story sounds funny.

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