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February 10, 2015

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11:25 PM | Kavin Can’t Even: Food Babe Way Exotifies India, and Grossly Exaggerates or Lies About Her Dad
Categories: Reviews Science SkepticismTags: food babeFood Babe WayKavin Can't EvenDear Vani, Your exotification of India, and simultaneous painting of the nation as full of people who can only afford cheap food is offensive. As an Indian-American, I’m appalled and ...(Read more...)
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11:01 PM | The power of believing that you can improve
The power of believing that you can improve: Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
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9:54 PM | One last thing (2015)
That’s a rainbow unicorn. And some lollipops. Hello, lovely readers. This isn’t a proper post, as I am, after several promises to the effect, winding the blog down. Not because I’ve given up - more because I’ve run out of stories to tell, and because the new posts were taking ages to research and write, and weren’t […]
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7:32 PM | Win Prizes at #QuizoTronLA Whether You’re There or Not!
Categories: EventsThis Friday, Feb 13, I’ll be hosting my science/comedy panel quiz show, Quiz-o-Tron, at the Steve Allen Theatre in Los Angeles! Tickets are only $10 in advance and panelists will ...(Read more...)
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6:53 PM | It’s My Party and I’ll Vocal Fry If I Want To
Categories: SkepticismOnce upon a time there was a “new” feature in language called vocal fry. It sounded a little like a creaking or growling sound, and while almost everyone used it sometimes ...(Read more...)
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5:02 PM | Photo
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4:00 PM | Cross-Post: Foiling Fallacies – Women Who Use Abortion As Birth Control
Categories: FeminismTags: abortion as birth controlanti-feminist rhetoricanti-feminist stereotypesanti-feminist tropesfoiling fallaciesEditor’s Note: This article is written by Steph and cross-posted from Grounded Parents and it’s the first part of her exciting new series on debunking anti-feminist rhetoric. If you like this, ...(Read more...)
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11:01 AM | ryanandmath: Alice Zielinski is currently an MIT undergraduate...
ryanandmath: Alice Zielinski is currently an MIT undergraduate studying aeronautical & astronautical engineering and computer science & electrical engineering. In this article, she tells us that "Many MIT students recount questions about their GPA, test scores, magnificent things they’ve built, other accomplishments—while I often find myself trying to convince people that I actually attend MIT. The reactions that I’ve received from people range from amusing to […]
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5:43 AM | Should You Go See the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie for Valentine’s Day?
Dubbed an “erotic fiction” and “mommy porn,” the Fifty Shades books are among the top selling novels of all time. In fact, worldwide sales are said to be over 100 million, and at its height one of these provocative page-turners was being sold every second.1 Given the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey, it is no wonder that the geniuses in Hollywood are planning to cash in on the “feels so good to be bad” phenomenon this Valentine’s Day. Of course, the […]
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5:18 AM | Survey Says: What Do Men Want for Valentine's Day?
In a prior post we told you what gifts were identifed as the perfect gifts for women on Valentine's Day. Now it's the guys' turn.... Again, we asked our survey respondents: What is the perfect Valentine's Day gift for a man to receive? The #1 most preferred gift men want for Valentine’s Day S-E-X. A whopping 46% of our male respondents indicated that the perfect gift for them on Valentine’s Day is sex. And we won’t go into all the gory details, but some guys […]
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5:02 AM | "Survey Says": Valentine's Day First Date?
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2:52 AM | School of Doubt is looking for writers!
Categories: Meta StuffTags: metaSchool of Doubt is looking for more writers! The gig requires a moderate time commitment and offers no pay, except for (possibly) the people’s ovation and fame forever. So, what are we ...(Read more...)

February 09, 2015

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11:01 PM | The Imposter Syndrome
The Imposter Syndrome: nights-of-my-youth: this article means everything to me
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9:29 PM | New Video! Study: Herbal Supplements are a Giant Ripoff
Categories: SkepticismTags: alternative medicinesupplementsFor more videos like this, support me at Patreon! Sort-of-transcript: Do you take ginkgo biloba supplements to improve your brain function? If so, then first of all, you should probably ...(Read more...)
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6:12 PM | Cross-Post: Family Meme Time
Categories: FeminismTags: familyfeminismMatt TaylormemesmisogynysexismshirtgateThe following post was written by AJ at Queereka. To read the full article and comment, head over to Queereka. What do you do when a normally cool close family member ...(Read more...)
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5:02 PM | asthedaysgoby: Inspirational Woman of Science: Maggie...
asthedaysgoby: Inspirational Woman of Science: Maggie Aderin-Pocock. She is a research fellow in UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies and an Honorary Research Associate in UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy. She has designed a number of space instruments and now presents Sky At Night. She is also at number one in Debrett’s list of most influential people in Britain within science and medicine.  Despite suffering from dyslexia and being a woman of colour in a […]
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2:00 PM | Quickies: The Problem with Calling Women “Females,” Lesbian Separatists of the ’60s, and Why Your Memory Is Unreliable
Categories: Skepticism10 Things People Once Complained Would Ruin The English Language – “You’ve probably heard that English is being ruined — by the Internet, by texting, by Americans, by young people ...(Read more...)
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11:01 AM | Stargazers, Part 1
Stargazers, Part 1: marlenalynnemuse: Women have been making critical contributions to the field of astronomy since ancient times, but once it became professionalized in the modern era, many women were shoved aside. Cristen and Caroline look at astronomy’s evolution and share the contributions of some of the stargazing pioneers.Some interesting facts:Women were cast out as witches if they practiced astronomy or astrology.Caroline Herschel’s brother Willhelm discovered Uranus. She […]
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7:00 AM | Buying a Ring for Valentine’s Day?
Proposing this Valentine’s Day? Read about the ritual here and things people consider before getting married here. To recap, the main elements of the traditional ritual are: the proposer asking the father or parents of the proposee for his/their permission or blessing to marry the proposee the proposal is a surprise the proposer getting down on one knee the proposer presenting a ring the proposer asking, “Will you marry me?” 1,2 If any of the elements are missing, […]
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5:17 AM | Survey Says: What Do Women Want for Valentine's Day?
Okay, so you've figured out that you're going to give your partner a thoughtful, romantic gift during an intimate dinner (vs. as part of a flash mob), but now you have to figure out just what you should get your partner. Fortunately, you're in luck, because we asked men and women what they thought were the perfect gifts for Valentine's Day. Let's begin with women...... We asked survey respondents to respond to the following question: What is the perfect Valentine's Day gift for a woman to […]
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5:06 AM | Valentine’s Day: A Chance to Make You and Your Relationship Better
It is customary to do something special with your partner on Valentine’s Day to celebrate your relationship. Have you planned what you are going to do? You can go with the standard commercialized gifts like chocolates, lingerie, or overpriced roses. Or, perhaps you plan on simply spending some time with each other. If you go that route, rather than the trite dinner and a movie, you may want to consider doing something together that will actually make you and your relationship […]
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5:01 AM | Put a Little Sex Talk in Your Valentine’s Day
Hopefully, you and your partner have a great sex life. For those of you who are satisfied with life between the sheets, you may still have ideas on how to make your sexual life better. And expressing your needs, wants, and desires can enhance your sex life.1 Yet, many intimate partners say that talking about sex can be difficult; it is a conversation that is laced with vulnerability. You may wonder, is my performance good enough? Is my partner satisfied? Even if sexual satisfaction is high, […]
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2:00 AM | Skepchick Book Club: 1491
Categories: SkepticismTags: 1491holmberg's mistakenative americanspre-columbus americaWelcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month (or rather, over the past 2 months) we read 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. Unless ...(Read more...)
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1:06 AM | SoD Cross-post: Anti-vax “prof” ignites scandal at Queen’s U
Categories: Anti-ScienceTags: anti-vaxxersathleticscross posthigher educationschool of doubtThis post was originally published on School of Doubt. Read it there or catch the beginning below. This week the Principal and Provost of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario publicly ...(Read more...)

February 08, 2015

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11:01 PM | offbynone: Portraits of Women Scientists
offbynone: Portraits of Women Scientists
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8:48 PM | Field Museum Women in Science Lecture: "Supportive Environments for Female Development in the Womb and at Work"
scientific-women: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9 @ 12PM The February 2015 Field Museum Women in Science speaker will be: Dr. Julienne Rutherford (@JNRutherford), a biological anthropologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research revolves around the dynamic intrauterine interplay between mother and fetus in humans and nonhuman primates, with a specific focus on the placenta. She is also engaged in […]
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7:55 PM | One Week of Harassment on Twitter
One Week of Harassment on Twitter: femfreq:Ever since I began my Tropes vs Women in Video Games project, two and a half years ago, I’ve been harassed on a daily basis by irate gamers angry at my critiques of sexism in video games. It can sometimes be difficult to effectively communicate just how bad this sustained intimidation campaign…
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7:41 PM | "Smallpox inoculation—which by then was the norm across Asia and the Middle East—was introduced in..."
“Smallpox inoculation—which by then was the norm across Asia and the Middle East—was introduced in the West by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Herself a smallpox survivor, the English ambassadress to Turkey had witnessed the practice in Constantinople, and upon her return to England in 1718 she became its biggest advocate. Initially, London society found the practice shocking, but by the end of the century, inoculation had been adopted throughout most of Europe.” - The […]
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6:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! Real-Life Ents, Being a Better Trans* Ally, and Kavin Can’t Even
Categories: Meta StuffTags: academiaafterlifeatheismbiographiesCommon CorecosplaycryptozoologyentsEscepticagirl scoutsgmogrounded parentsishtarMad Art Labmaterials sciencemiracle mineral solutiononline presenceParentingpseudosciencesara josephine bakerschool of doubtTeen Skepchickwomen in artTeen Skepchick In Which Neil Gaiman Reminds Me How Nice it is To Not Fear Posthumous Judgment A quick thought on the nature of life. Cryptophile: Ents So…just how plausible ...(Read more...)
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5:02 PM | A conversation that can help protect your students
A conversation that can help protect your students: A student recently dropped by to tell me about an exciting opportunity. She was going to spend a few weeks doing research in a gorgeous location, camping with a field crew led by the professor who taught her Intro course last semester.I asked her how much the job paid, and she said it was a volunteer gig, but the opportunity of this short trip would would be worth it on its own. And she would be getting academic credit.I had more […]
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