Catching Up With Itinerant Feminist Organizer Shelby Knox

May 18, 2016

A decade after I first interviewed feminist, education activist, and documentary subject Shelby Knox about her work I caught up with her for an update on her life and work.

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Amy Schumer, the “Trainwreck” Shooting, and the Benefits of Skepticism

May 12, 2016

Amy Schumer blames herself for inspiring a shooting at her film Trainwreck, but there's no reason she should. 

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Unco Junto: The Myth of the ‘National Conversation’

May 03, 2016

Ben Radford and three invited guests (David Koepsell, Robert Blaskiewicz, and Celestia Ward) offer their takes on the topic: Does a 'national conversation' exist, and if so, what is its nature?  First in a series.

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Crop Circles and Vibrational Resonance: A Link?

April 29, 2016

I was recently contacted by a person who had seen an online video about patterns created by salt on a vibrating metal plate and asked my opinion about whether they could explain crop circles. 

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A Closer Look at Media Diversity: Should TV Reflect Reality?

April 18, 2016

Should TV characters reflect the demographics of their audiences? A closer look at two reports on minority characters offers insight. 

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The Wisdom of Not Understanding

April 07, 2016

Too often we are embarrassed to admit that we don't understand what we are told. Asking for clarification not only helps both the speaker and listener communicate more effectively, but is also a powerful tool in skepticism and critical thinking.

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Doubt and Skepticism at 10 Cloverfield Lane

March 16, 2016

One of 10 Cloverfield Lane's most effective themes is essentially a skeptical one: the uncertainty of knowledge.

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Lessons from a Middle School Bermuda Triangle Q&A

February 22, 2016

A Q&A session with a middle school class about the Bermuda Triangle offers an unexpected lesson.

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Feral Children in Fact and Fiction

February 10, 2016

Legends from around the world tell of children raised by wild animals including wolves, bears, and apes. 

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The Big Short: A Lesson in Financial Skepticism (film review)

January 15, 2016

The Academy Award-nominated film The Big Short is, at it heart, a tale about the importance of skepticism: demanding evidence, doing original research, and not just accepting what you’re told—even by “experts.” 

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