Anorexia Misinformation in the Media: Case Study of the PBS Show ‘Nova’

February 24, 2015

Misinformation about eating disorders is not like misinformation about a car’s gas mileage, or the weather. Eating disorders are mental illnesses with potentially lethal consequences. Sufferers and their loved ones deserve accurate information about the diseases, but trusted sources of information, such as the PBS series "Nova," turn out to be not so trustworthy upon closer inspection. Part 2 of 2. 

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Anorexia Misinformation in the Media: Case Study of the PBS Show ‘Nova’

February 18, 2015

Misinformation about eating disorders is not like misinformation about a car’s gas mileage, or the weather. Eating disorders are mental illnesses with potentially lethal consequences. Sufferers and their loved ones deserve accurate information about the diseases, but trusted sources of information turn out to be not so trustworthy upon closer inspection. Part 1 of 2. 

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14 Smart Questions for Caricaturist Celestia Ward

January 13, 2015

In 2014 I attended a caricature conference in Reno, Nevada. Among a ballroom full of ridiculously talented artists from around the world I happened to meet Celestia Ward, a caricaturist who’s also a skeptic. Naturally, I had questions for her. 

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Censorship and Free Speech: Did Sony Really Cancel The Interview?

January 07, 2015

With the horrific massacre at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo yesterday—apparently by Muslim fundamentalists upset by the magazine’s satires of Mohammed—the subject of censorship and freedom of speech is everywhere. This is the second time in two months that free speech has been threatened by terrorism. Or is it?  

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Into the Woods: Chaos, Folklore, and Misogyny

December 26, 2014

The new Disney film Into the Woods is a misigynistic, spectacular misfire. 

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Dear Madelyn

December 23, 2014

When the public, and especially schoolkids, contact me for help and information about skeptical topics, I try to respond. Here's why. 

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Little Lies and Big Truths

December 04, 2014

A widely-circulated map about Ebola in Africa was less than accurate, and that's a problem.

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Frog Falls and Fallacies

November 18, 2014

I wrote a piece about the classic Fortean phenomenon of frogs falling from the sky, and I here address two rebuttals--one old and one new.

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The “I Am…” Meme: Co-Opting Identities for Social Change

November 03, 2014

It has become fashionable in recent years for social justice protestors to choose a person who symbolizes a tragic event and then declare to the world that they are that person. It certainly sends a clear message of solidarity, but but it raises thorny questions about the ethics of speaking on behalf of others.

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Tim Farley Ignites Skepticism at Dragon*Con

October 20, 2014

Tim Farley has an idea for a new format for skeptical outreach in bite-sized bits.

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