One Month After ‘Batman’ Massacre, Still No Evidence of Film Influence

August 22, 2012

A month ago, shortly after a shooter in Colorado attacked a premiere of the film The Dark Knight Rises, I wrote a piece addressing the then-circulating question of whether or not the shooter's massacre was inspired by the Batman film. Many readers suggested that my blog was too quick to dismiss the link, based on little information; a month later, what does the evidence show?

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MacOzymandia: Visit to a Scottish Cemetery

August 03, 2012

As the Ness River slowly weaves and wends through the town of Inverness on its way to Loch Ness, it passes under a white metal bridge walkway. That walkway continues across a small road and soon narrows into a brick-paved alleyway between two churches before ending at a modest street. A sign on the wrought-iron entrance reads, "Church of Scotland-The Old High Church." That's where I heard voices across the centuries.

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Real-Life ‘Dark Night’: Did Batman Inspire Killings?

July 20, 2012

A mass shooting at the premiere of the new Batman film has cast a pall on the franchise and raised questions about media-inspired violence.

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Science, the New Age, and the Search for Truth

July 18, 2012

Good science is universal. Properly controlled scientific experiments should yield the same results regardless of who is doing the testing. Male or female, British or Turkish, young or old, Muslim or Jew, it doesn't matter. Science's universality is one of its greatest attributes. Much pseudoscience and the paranormal, by contrast, is individual and idiosyncratic.

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Seth MacFarland’s “Ted”: Rude Living Teddy Bear Takes Boston by Storm

June 29, 2012

Seth MacFarland's new film is crass cross between "Greg the Bunny" and "Family Guy." 

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Film Review: Pixar’s “Brave” Aims High But Falls Short

June 21, 2012

The new film Brave, about a headstrong Scottish fire-haired archer princess, squanders one of Disney's best characters in a meandering and muddled script. 

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Still Skeptical of Blogs

June 13, 2012

Why blogs suck: It's probably true that most blogs are crap-but it's a shame that we must work so hard to find the non-crap. 

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How Not to Unexplain a UFO Debunking

June 04, 2012

A brief and enlightening exchange with a UFO believer over a skeptical analysis. 

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Is The ‘Real-Life Barbie’ a Media Myth?

May 14, 2012

News organizations around the world claimed that a young Russian model has achieved her desire to look like a Barbie doll, sparking discussion and outrage about the media's influence on women. But is it true? 

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People Don’t Read, and Why It Matters to Skepticism

April 30, 2012

A lot of the time people simply don’t read--and this hold implications for both skepticism and public discourse. 

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