Using Satellites to Search for Bigfoot

August 28, 2015

Unknown animals such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, for example, might be easily located and captured--if indeed they exist.

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Circling the Pendulum: Conversations with a Dowser

August 27, 2015

A conversation with a pendulum dowser who seems pretty sure he can explain the phenomenon through an unknown radiation.

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Eyewitness (Un)reliability and the Filedrawer Effect

August 25, 2015

If eyewitnesses can be mistaken in life-and-death cases, they are likely no more accurate in monster sightings and descriptions.

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Film review: “The Gift”

August 18, 2015

The Gift, like other effective thrillers such as Cape Fear and Fatal Attraction, trades on ambiguity...

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Myths and Mysteries of New Mexico: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained (book review)

August 05, 2015

A skeptical look at "Myths and Mysteries of New Mexico: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained"

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Church Fires: Racism, Copycat Crimes, or Random?

July 15, 2015

A rash of recent church fires has left many Americans wondering if we're experiencing a wave of hate crimes.

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Richard Feynman’s Lessons From a NASA Rocket Explosion-And Then Another

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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A “Commandery” Ghost Story

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

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Asmodeus, Stanley Fish, and the Fiction of Privacy

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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Mad Max: Fury Road review

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...

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