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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Memories of Paul Kurtz

October 21, 2012

I heard with a heavy heart that CFI founder Paul Kurtz has died...

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‘The Master’

September 30, 2012

In the new film The Master, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the leader of a New Agey, quasi-religious cult which draws troubled people into their fold. 

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Sexism, Activism, and All-Male Clubs

September 28, 2012

What should we do about private organizations who have sexist policies? Sometimes we stand up to them; sometimes we don't. 

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The Zanzibari Cat

September 24, 2012

Reflections of a feline-loving traveler in East Africa.

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Public Figures Who Lie About Sports Achievements

September 13, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan recently lied about running a marathon in under 3 hours, but he's not the first to exaggerate sports achievements.

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Bearing the Burden: On Being Chosen to Suffer

September 06, 2012

Many people, from those taking care of disabled children to those dealing with traumatic events, believe that they have been specially chosen to bear that burden. Is this healthy or harmful?

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Another Abduction/Rape Highlights Glaring Failure of Psychic Detectives

August 27, 2012

Another young woman abducted and raped for year highlights the utter failure of psychic detectives. 

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