Did Joseph Smith Predict Doomsday?

February 01, 2013

Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, said in 1835 that he had spoken to God recently, and during their conversation he learned that Jesus would return within the next 56 years, after which the End Times would begin promptly. Many Mormons have taken exception to this claim; who's right? 

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Tripping on the Trebuchet: An Interview with George Hrab

January 15, 2013

 Not long ago, when George Hrab's latest CD Trebuchet came out, I sat down (not actually, literally, or even metaphorically) and asked him about his music and skeptical influences. And, really, things I probably shouldn't have asked, but there you go. And here you go. 

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Trigger Warnings: Public Service or Fallacious Fad?

January 06, 2013

Proponents and critics of "trigger warnings" (warnings placed before discussions and descriptions of potentially traumatic events in articles and blogs) have argued that the warnings are either important, useless, a cynical attempt to get readers, infantilizing, considerate, ridiculous, and everything in between. There seems to be little real research into the validity and utility of trigger warnings; for those who wish to take an analytical look at the topic, here's a place to start. 

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Questioning a Local Landmark

January 02, 2013

In my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, one of the top tourist attractions is the Sandia Peak Tramway, "the world's longest." But is it? 

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A Skeptic’s Brief Conversation With a TV Producer

December 20, 2012

A brief recounting of what happens when the goals and demands of skepticism collide with the goals and demands of TV production.

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‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not’s’  Macabre Mistake

December 08, 2012

A 'Ripley's Believe It or Not' factoid read, "You are more likely to die on your birthday then any other day of the year." Well, yes and no.

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In Science, Whose Department is the Ethics Department?: Part 2

December 04, 2012

What is the role of ethics in science? Part 2 of 2.

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Life of Pi: A Skeptical Review

November 26, 2012

The Life of Pi is a fable about a young Indian man who finds himself aboard a freighter headed for Canada. A storm sinks the ship and soon Pi finds himself the sole human survivor, trapped on a lifeboat with a tiger...

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In Science, Whose Department is the Ethics Department?: Part 1

November 23, 2012

What is the role of ethics in science? 

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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln: A Man (and a Film) for the Ages

November 07, 2012

It's easy to forget, when in a high school history class or reading a textbook, that the founders of our country were real people. We know them for their achievements, the highlights of history and thumbnail sketches. Benjamin Franklin flying a kite in a storm while planning to open the first post office and work on French diplomacy. George Washington crossing the Delaware river and defying the British. According to noted historian Sarah Palin, Paul Revere famously rode his horse by night to warn the British that they would not be taking away American's right to bear arms.

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