August 18, 2015
The Gift, like other effective thrillers such as Cape Fear and Fatal Attraction, trades on ambiguity...
August 05, 2015
A skeptical look at "Myths and Mysteries of New Mexico: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained"
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July 15, 2015
A rash of recent church fires has left many Americans wondering if we're experiencing a wave of hate crimes.
June 29, 2015
Yet another space-bound rocket exploded over the weekend on its way to the Space Station, causing many to wonder what the problem is; Richard Feynman has the answer.
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June 19, 2015
In which I use the principle of Occam's Razor to deduce the identity of a mysterious ghost photo taken at a war museum
June 04, 2015
The subject of spying is so controversial because it violates, or seems to violate, the public's basic right to privacy. But the word privacy is often used glibly, with little discussion or understanding of what it is, why it's valuable, and what the consequences are for willingly giving up privacy. I argue that privacy is largely a fiction and a distinctly modern invention whose status as a sacrosanct pillar of human rights is suspect at best.
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May 18, 2015
There were lots of reasons to think that Mad Max: Fury Road would never be made, starting with the fact that the last film featuring the character came out 30 years ago...
April 24, 2015
Superstar TV personality Dr. Oz, after nearly a year of being criticized for promoting unproven "miracle" products and medical misinformation on his popular daytime TV show, has fired back at his critics.
April 13, 2015
Los Angeles-based filmmaker Michael ("Mike") Celestino is a skeptic, film buff, and comedy fan. The bespectacled and slight bemused writer/director agreed to answer some questions about his recent projects, including his planned documentary "The Scully."
April 06, 2015
I recently read Candice Miller's book The River of Doubt, about Theodore Roosevelt's 1914 exploration of an unknown river in the Brazilian Amazon. It's a fascinating story of adventure, misadventure, murder, and more. In the book I also found an excellent real-life example of one of my favorite logical fallacies: post hoc ergo propter hoc, also called faulty causation.