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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Big Pharma Conspiracy Debunked

January 12, 2016

Does Big Pharma really prevent the publication of studies unfavorable to their popular drugs? A closer look.

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The Bad Santa: A Review of “Krampus”

December 23, 2015

The new film Krampus is a Christmas horror-comedy about a boy who accidentally summons Krampus, a hulking, horned, cloven-hoofed demon who terrorizes his family.

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