How False Reports Target Muslims and Minorities

February 02, 2017

Skeptics and skeptical researchers routinely encounter and investigate a wide variety false reports. When false reports concern "unexplained" topics the result is usually just wasted time. However when false reports involve real-world crimes they often implicate minorities and can result in miscarriages of justice. 

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Trump Revisited

January 27, 2017

Shortly after Donald Trump's election I wrote a blog titled "On Trump" in which I briefly examined some of the myths about his election; I revisit it in light of the first week of his presidency.

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Reading Romance Novels in Jamaica

January 17, 2017

A conversation with a Jamaican reader of romance novels. 

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Parsing ‘Fake News’

January 03, 2017

‘Fake News' has become a social boogeyman over the past few months. Because "fake news" is so commonly encountered (both the phrase itself and variants of the phenomena it purports to describe), it's useful to briefly unpack that concept.

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The Mysterious Oneida Clown Menace

December 20, 2016

A woman claims her two children were chased by a scary clown in a New York park, but the story sounds funny.

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Unco Junto:  The Nature and Appeal of Authenticity

November 22, 2016

Much of Donald Trump's appeal is based upon his percieved authenticity, as it is for many actors, writers, musicians, and performers. We all play different roles for different people, so what is "authenticity," why is it prized, and is it even possible? 

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A Skeptical Look at ‘Doctor Strange’

November 14, 2016

'Doctor Strange' is a good superhero film, but I winced a bit when Strange, the symbolic man of medicine, rationality, and science, is beguiled by his new master.

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On Trump

November 09, 2016

A few notes and corrections about Trump's election, in the hopes I may offer some insight, if not reassurance.

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5 Halloween Scares and Legends: Facts vs. Fiction

October 28, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner, and amid the make-believe witches, ghouls, and goblins, there are supposedly real-life villains who hope to harm on children October 31. But are they real or myth? Here are five scary myths and legends about the spookiest holiday

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‘Batman’ Vs. Creepy Clown Panics: What Drives Copycats?

October 20, 2016

Why would people dress up as clowns to scare people, and falsely report having seen a stalker clown when they didn't?

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