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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Scientific Paranormal Investigation Equipment

September 26, 2014

I'm often asked what tools and equipment I use to investigate the world's mysteries, ranging from ghosts to miracles to crop circles. Here's a peek into my bag of tricks!

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‘Miss Representation’ and The Importance of Good Statistics

September 17, 2014

In my many years of fact-checking news media reports I'm continually baffled by the defensive stance that people often take when you fact-check their statistics. In fact I'm against misinformation and bad statistics--whatever the source, and especially when being offered in service of causes I support.

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Review of Jesse Ventura’s “American Conspiracies”

September 08, 2014

One verifiable fact I learned in the first few pages of Jesse Ventura's book American Conspiracies is that Ventura believes he's a hardcore, no-bullshit truth teller. He's bravely willing to stand up and tell it like it is, to cut through the lies, myths, and misinformation surrounding some of America's most cherished myths.

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The Myth of “The Media”

August 15, 2014

Blaming “the media” is not only vague writing and lazy thinking, but it is also ineffective. Here's why.

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