Gardasil, Katie, Merck, and I

December 10, 2013

While Couric sifts through what remains of her journalistic credibility, I thought I'd share my brief HPV vaccine story. 

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Skeptical Cinema: ‘Bug’ and folie a deux

December 03, 2013

In most investigations two eyewitnesses are better than one. The 2006 horror film 'Bug' shows whay this is not always true. 

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The Mystery and Investigation of the Moving Statue

November 22, 2013

 An ancient statue caught on camera turning in its locked display case in June 2013 unnerved many people, and it has been definitively debunked. More interesting, though, are the reactions to the solution. 

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Secular Sacred Sites and Ghost Hunting

November 12, 2013

There is a natural and understandable human reverence for sacred and secular-sacred sites, but it can also lead away from critical thinking and skepticism. 

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Thor: The Dark World

November 08, 2013

Thor: The Dark World is a beautiful mess, a visually stunning film badly in need of a rewrite.

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Confirmation Bias and Expectations Influencing Perceptions: A Micro-Case Study

October 23, 2013

As a skeptical investigator with a degree in psychology, I often encounter (and discuss) people whose expectations have colored their perceptions. We often see what we expect to see, whether it's there or not. Of course everyone does it, including me. Here's a personal account of my recent experience.

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German ‘Wild Boy’ Sentenced for Fraud

October 03, 2013

In 2011 a young man wandered into a German police station and told office workers, "I'm all alone in the world, I don't know who I am. Please help me."

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“Nothing But Bad News…”

September 13, 2013

Sometimes when discussing current events I will hear someone say "Oh, I hate the news... I don't follow the news anymore, it's nothing but bad news." It's just a depressing laundry list of death and war and problems, a daily documentation of the world's progress on its inexorable path toward hell.

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BMI and the Argument from Antiquity Fallacy

August 26, 2013

Is pointing out that a medical procedure has been used by doctors for 150 years an example of a logical fallacy? Maybe, or maybe not...

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Why Parents Don’t Vaccinate Their Children—And What We Can Do

August 02, 2013

There are several reasons why some parents choose not to vaccinate their children, though most of them come down to misinformation from anti-vaccine advocates. With the recent addition of Jenny McCarthy to the popular ABC television show The View, many people are wondering what effect, if any, this will have on vaccination rates. However there are some strategies than can fight the misinformation.

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