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October 31, 2014

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2:51 PM | Why Atheism Needs Philosophy
Categories: SkepticismAtheism and science are bros. Everybody knows they belong together, just like Troy and Abed. For most of the reign of New Atheism, science has been right hand man, directing ...(Read more...)
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1:30 PM | Quickies: The Pope on magic wands, statistical tests of harassment, and conflict in the secular movement
Categories: QuickiesPope Francis takes a stand for evolution, against magic wands – From CriticalDragon1177. A natural A/B test of harassment – “Running these numbers through a statistical significance test confirms what ...(Read more...)
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12:32 PM | Improvising As You Go
Just occasionally one sits down with a new book, starts to read and a great sense of calm, of recognition and of identification with the words in front of you descends. It’s all too rare but is wonderful when it … Continue reading →
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4:01 AM | The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Motivates Users and Companies
Read Part 1 of this series here: The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Is and Isn’t Real People are shallow. Psychological science has demonstrated that people often use a “what is beautiful is good” mental shortcut.1 People tend to assume positive characteristics about others based on physical attractiveness, even though these perceptions are not accurate. This bias for beauty has been shown in all types of contexts that are not limited to online dating. A classic […]

October 30, 2014

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6:00 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: Guv’ment Spending Edition
Categories: Random Asides SkepticismTags: bad chart thursdaygovernment spendingmind controlwerewolvesSo you want to make a deliberately misleading chart by doctoring a genuine one and you don’t really care how fake it looks because OBAMA? Maybe you have a poor-resolution ...(Read more...)
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1:44 PM | Quickies: Street harassment, the colors of blood, and science for her
Categories: Quickies10 hours of walking in NYC as a woman – In case you haven’t seen it yet, here it is. Also, there’s some problems with it. Also, the actor’s been ...(Read more...)
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4:01 AM | Oxytocin – The Love Hormone: Relationship Matters Podcast 37
The new season of SAGE’s “Relationship Matters” podcast has begun! Hosted by Dr. Bjarne Holmes of Champlain College, “Relationship Matters” brings you the latest from the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. In this season’s premier, Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad (Brigham Young University) discusses her research on the link between relationship quality and oxytocin. Researchers have long been interested in the hormone oxytocin’s role in inducing […]

October 29, 2014

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4:00 PM | What Happens When Relationship Researchers Fall Short?
We have been a romantic couple for almost 20 years, married for 13 years, produced two wonderful children, moved across the country for academic jobs, conducted numerous scientific studies examining romantic couples, and…will soon be divorced. How could two people who study why romantic couples fail or succeed be such utter failures themselves? The answer is easy: we are human. Like everyone else we have faults. We argue. We disagree. We neglect. We make bad choices. In the past, we […]
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Athlete Class Scandal at UNC, Amy Poehler’s Memoir is Awesome, and Ken Ham Has a Religion Problem
Categories: QuickiesThe UNC fake class investigation and the ‘myth’ of the student-athlete – The numbers alone are surprising. At the University of North Carolina, more than 3,100 students, many of whom were ...(Read more...)

October 28, 2014

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5:01 PM | Eric Hovind: What’s the Difference Between God & Santa?
Categories: Religion SkepticismTags: creationismhovindYECSupport more videos like this at Patreon! Eric Hovind’s “challenge” I was tipped off about the new charges by PZ Here’s the indictment info Also there’s this Sort-of transcript: Eric ...(Read more...)
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1:25 PM | Quickies: Bat extinction, Jian Ghomeshi, and FMLA
Categories: QuickiesThe secret bataclysm: White Nose Syndrome and extinction – Bug Girl on bats. The Jian Ghomeshi allegations are not about BDSM, they are about consent – “Jian Ghomeshi, host of ...(Read more...)

October 27, 2014

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9:57 PM | Quiz-o-Tron: Great Success, Despite My Own Best Efforts
Categories: ScienceAs a follow-up to last week’s post offering the ten best reasons why Bay Area Science Festival should have banned me, I thought I’d reveal that I did, in fact, ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Report Reveals Bad Treatment of Monica Lewinsky, Flu Vaccine Myths Debunked, and Blackface in Hollywood
Categories: QuickiesTalking While Female - NPR does a segment on the top complaints that women hear about their voices (from too much uptalk to tone of voice). From Jac. Every Single ...(Read more...)
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4:01 AM | A Flirter’s Dilemma: Subtlety vs. Success
Flirting comes in many forms: a casual gaze that lingers a half second longer than necessary, a light touch, an amorous expression, an overenthusiastic laugh during conversation, or even some playful or overtly sexual banter. Regardless of the technique employed, flirting aims to fulfill one purpose: stimulate sexual interest. To be clear, though, flirting may not have the explicit goal of having sex or even physical intimacy of any kind. A person may flirt simply to pass the time, […]

October 26, 2014

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10:00 PM | Skepchick Book Club: What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
Categories: Book ClubTags: randall munroeserious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questionswhat if?xkcdNote: Information about next month’s book pick are at the bottom of this post. Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we read What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to ...(Read more...)
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5:47 PM | Tell us what you think: New blog content
A lot of what we post is very serious stuff, and although it’s critically important to discuss those issues, perhaps we could introduce some new, practical content; specifically, things that could be seen as more day-to-day, “lifestyle” topics for women.
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5:15 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Paper Classes, Dinner Time, and Guide Dogs
Categories: Meta StuffTags: campus securitycandyEbolaEscepticafood preparationgrounded parentsguide dogsgunshalloweenmisbehaving studentsnobel prizepaper classesParentingpoliceschool of doubtSkeptabilitySunday Funny: Orb Hammer (via xkcd) Escéptica Pakistan and Nobel Prizes (en español) Lulú explains why many Pakistanis are not thrilled with their Nobel laureates. School of Doubt Campus Security ...(Read more...)

October 25, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Bad Judgement, Catholic Antivaxxers, and a Dictator’s Quest for Longevity
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismNIGERIA Dr Adadevoh is being widely praised for helping prevent a more devastating Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, now declared free of the virus. She diagnosed and kept in the hospital ...(Read more...)
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4:01 AM | How Love Usually Goes...

October 24, 2014

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6:00 PM | Cross-Post: Truly Scary Costumes for Modern Kids
Categories: SkepticismTags: delayed vaccine schedulesGMO cornGMOsHomeopathyinfant formulamedical doctorsparticipation trophiespumpkin spice lattescary halloween costumesvaccinesNote: The original post can be found over at Grounded Parents, where you can also leave a comment. ***** If you’re still scrambling for costume ideas, fret no more! This ...(Read more...)
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3:45 PM | A Scammer Tries to Buy My Couch
Categories: SkepticismOn October 1, I listed my sofa on Craigslist. I immediately received a text message asking me to email the person back if the sofa was still available. I did. ...(Read more...)
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3:00 PM | Guest Post: My Confidence in Planned Parenthood Waned but Then Returned Stronger
Categories: Guest BloggersTags: citizen activismplanned parenthoodppawisexismEditor’s Note: Today’s Guest Post is by Kavin Senapathy, who also blogs over at Grounded Parents. This is a great example of how speaking out about an issue can end ...(Read more...)
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2:15 PM | Quickies: Felicia Day, creepy dudes, and NASA sounds
Categories: QuickiesFelicia Day’s public details put online after she described Gamergate fears – “But just minutes after her post was made, a commenter with the username “gaimerg8” posted what they claimed ...(Read more...)
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7:38 AM | Cambridge Admissions – Dispelling the Myths
Myths abound about admission to Cambridge, despite all attempts to put out some real hard facts (and similarly by Oxford). The interview process itself, which both universities use, seems to be shrouded in particular mystique. Cambridge has recently posted a … Continue reading →
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4:01 AM | The Truth Behind Online Dating: What Is and Isn’t Real
Though still quite new (relatively) in our culture, and a bit daunting, more and more people are venturing into the online dating world for romance and sex. Below, I’ve compiled some evidence-based tips to help you navigate online dating websites and, hopefully, find what you’re looking for.  People aren’t always what they seem. Deception is common in online dating—and I’m not talking about Catfishing, I’m talking about people presenting themselves as […]
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2:40 AM | Epilogue: Towards a Tipping Point
You can read this blog in Spanish here.   Over the last few weeks, in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, I have shared the work of organizations or projects that empower young Latinas to pursue and thrive in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) [see posts here, here and here]. If you can’t already tell, this is a topic I am deeply passionate about, partly because it is […]

October 23, 2014

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12:30 PM | Quickies: Being swayed by the sciencey, Japanese government sued for sexism, and fat-shaming
Categories: QuickiesPeople are more swayed by things that look sciencey – Graphs enhance the “truthiness” of results. From John. Japanese government sued in landmark case over “institutional sexism” – “The case ...(Read more...)

October 22, 2014

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6:33 PM | Walk to End Homelessness
Categories: ActivismTags: LAWAAGAs many of you know I recently formed a meetup group in Los Angeles for women who don’t need religion but like hang out with friends and learn stuff and ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Quickies: More Gamergate, the Pentagon has a Transgender Ban, and Class Issues
Categories: QuickiesWhy #Gamergaters Piss Me The F*** Off – “Chris Kluwe played in the NFL for eight years, but he’s been a gamer for 26 — and he’s sick and tired ...(Read more...)
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4:01 AM | Breaking-Up Bad: Break-Ups, Crime, Drug Use, and Drinking
Break-ups are difficult and can lead a person to engage in a variety of negative behaviors designed to help get over an ex. While coping by avoiding others, eating too much (or too little), or writing a song (we’re looking at you Taylor Swift) might be common, others may turn to more extreme, and even criminal, behaviors following the end of their relationships. 
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