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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Why Trump’s Voter Fraud Conspiracy Matters

October 12, 2016

Trump has trafficked in many conspiracy theories for years, but this latest is different. Here's why.

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Privacy, Surveillance, and Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

September 20, 2016

Stone's films convey his bluster and moral outrage, but often stop just short of really offering a sincere or nuanced discussion of his controversial topics, and 'Snowden' is like a civics teacher who can't or won't tackle alternate viewpoints or answer questions that might challenge the textbook's conventional wisdom.

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Pastor’s Anthem Enforcement Threat Goes Viral-But Is It Real?

September 15, 2016

An Alabama pastor allegedly told a high school football game crowd that people who don't stand for the national anthem should be killed, according to news reports. But there's more to the story.

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Unco Junto: Offense by Proxy and the Moral Right to Indignation

September 08, 2016

It's one thing to be offended as the target of an objectionable action or insult, but what about being offended on behalf of others?

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Head-Desking HeadOn!

August 31, 2016

A closer look at HeadOn, a waxy homeopathic paste claimed in commercials to relieve headaches.

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