April 02, 2014

6:18 PM | A Guide to Responsible Critiques of Antidepressants
Categories: SkepticismAntidepressants are not cure alls. Duh. They are not perfect. Also duh. They have side effects. The duh-est of the duh. So why is it that when anyone starts telling another person not to take anti-depressants everyone gets all huffy and says they should fuck off? People are just trying to be helpful and warn them of the evils of anti-depressants, right? You may be catching some sarcasm here. Good job for picking up on that. Recently, Greta Christina has written a series of […]
5:41 PM | Americans Ignorant of Their Own Religious Beliefs and History
Categories: ReligionIt’s a new YouTube video! Enjoy. Close-enough transcript follows. Reminder: this video was brought to you by viewers like you, who support me over on Patreon! Pew Research has just released the results of a new survey testing US Religious Knowledge and guess what? A lot of people know jack shit about religion. Their own religion. 51% of white mainline and black protestants think “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is one of the 10 […]
1:00 PM | Quickies: Font Nerdery, Creationists Fight a Child Over a Fossil, and Hobby Lobby’s Investments in Contraception
Categories: QuickiesIt’s April 2! Which means that it’s officially not April Fools’ Day anymore! Honestly, I don’t like April 1 because I’m too easily pranked. (It took me a second to realize that “Rotisserie Chicken” movie on Netflix was a prank.) Did you get through the day unscathed? Why Garamond Won’t Save The Government $467 Million A Year – “A 14-year-old’s plan to save the U.S. Government almost half a billion a year is […]
4:01 AM | The Tall and Short of It: Does Height Matter in Dating?
When it comes to heterosexual dating preferences, does partner height matter? Data from online personal ads and a survey indicated that more women than men think height matters (57% to 40%, respectively), and tall women and short men were especially concerned with partners’ heights. Both men and women noted height differences could make physical intimacy difficult, it “felt weird or awkward” being with someone much shorter or taller, and that they had specific ranges for […]

April 01, 2014

7:13 PM | I got a shout-out from SNL! Sort of…
Categories: SkepticismTags: chemistrySNLzombiesLast week, the American Chemical Society‘s Reactions podcast released a video called ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry‘, which featured yours truly talking about two of my favorite topics – chemistry and zombies. Because everybody loves chemistry and zombies, or because The Walking Dead was wrapping up its season, this video got a bit of media attention last week. Even the folks at Saturday Night Live (SNL) mentioned […]
6:29 PM | On Saying No
The comments on my last post have prompted me finally to write this one, one that I have had in mind for a few weeks. In fact, ever since I gave a talk at Merton College, Oxford, when an audience … Continue reading →
Editor's Pick
3:30 PM | Sexual Assault Awareness, an interview with Red My Lips Founder, Danielle Tansino
Categories: Feminism SkepticismTags: assaultharassmentrape cultureRed My Lipssexsexual assaultsexual assault awarenessApril is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And all month I will be participating in Red My Lips, a campaign against sexual violence. I learned about the campaign just a couple of days ago on Twitter. A friend of mine, Miranda Radik, posted on her blog about Portland State University’s “Stop Sexual Assault” campaign advising students on staying safe. I got angry […]
3:00 PM | Guest Post: Gender Inequality in Chess
Categories: Guest BloggersTags: chessgender inequalityjudit polgarsusan polgarwomen in chessEditor’s Note: Today’s guest post is about the history of women in the world of chess. Honestly, even though I don’t know anything about chess (I don’t have the patience to play), I found this article to be very interesting, especially the part about the badass Polgar sisters.  […]
11:56 AM | Quickies: Female scientists, religious substance abuse programs, and the vitamin E myth
Categories: QuickiesAwareness of female scientists is so bad that 12% of people asked to name one picked a dude instead – And though asked to name a living scientist, 68% responded with Marie Curie. Victory for atheist denied parole for not attending religious substance abuse program – From Criticaldragon1177. Female circumcision on the rise in the US – From Michael. Beauty myths: Vitamin E and scarring – “Despite the damning evidence that you probably should not […]
7:01 AM | Relationship Science Will Miss HIMYM
How I Met Your Mother has inspired some of our most popular articles over the last few years. In celebration of last night's HIMYM series finale, here's a recap:  Mere Exposure and the "Mermaid Theory" The "Cheerleader Effect" (Yes, It Exists) Chemistry + Timing = Relationship Success Why People Have Sex (“The Naked Man” Redux) The Attractiveness Stereotype and Barney’s “Crazy-Hot” Scale  

March 31, 2014

5:37 PM | Louis CK on Why Men Are Awful to Women
Categories: FeminismLouis CK: you know who he is, you know he’s often hilarious and that he’s at his best when he’s talking about privilege in a way that can hit home even for clueless dipshits. He hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend, and his opening monologue was packed full of awesome commentary about the poor, women, and religion. Those of you in the US can check it out on Hulu: Here are some choice quotes for those of you who can’t watch the video: “I […]
3:00 PM | ICYMI: Ann Freud, Quack of the Month, Science Demonstrations, and Attachment Parenting
Categories: Meta StuffTags: activismAnna Freudattachment parentingchild psychologyeducationEscpeticafeminismgrounded parentsIndian cultureMad Art LabNewton's Third Lawonline petitionsphysicspre-natal vitaminsschool of doubtSciencescience demonstrationssex educationslackivismstudentsTeen SkepchickvotingTeen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 91: Go with the Flow Mindy takes on Bernoulli’s equation and lives to tell the tale. Mad Art Lab Understanding the Lost Children: The Life and […]
2:35 PM | From need to invention: Alanys, a Borinqueña sowing seeds of success
Alanys Henry TorresBorinqueña emphasizes on the contribution of Puerto Rican and Hispanic women in science and technology and provides a space to discuss topics of interest about the empowerment of women. In 'Seeds of Success' we will share stories about young Borinqueñas that want to pursue a career in STEM, and will describe their achievements and goals to succeed.     "Try new things and you will be […]
1:00 PM | Quickies: Untested Rape Kits, the Postdocalypse, and Flying Through Space
Categories: QuickiesOn March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower was officially opened to the public. If you’re a knowledge junkie like me, read more about the origin story here. Man Who Raised Money For Organ And Tissue Donation Dies, Is Rejected As Donor Because He Was Gay – From CriticalDragon1177. What Makes This Substance Boil And Freeze At The Same Time? – A fun piece of science to start your day with. Being Raped In A Bankrupt City – A rapist in Detroit was recently […]
4:01 AM | What’s a Parent To Do?: Raising Teens to Having Healthy Relationships
One of the more alarming trends in the adolescent and young adult dating world over the past few decades is the increase in reports of dating violence. Specifically, more than 50% of adolescents with dating experience report some past dating violence, whether as perpetrator or victim.1 Moreover, today’s adolescent dating violence, which often results from conflicts that get out of hand, generally shows no gender bias: both young women and young men are equally likely to perpetrate (and be […]

March 30, 2014

3:48 PM | The death of romance (2014)
This blog isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. True, it’s impossible to produce something that will be universally loved; even tea isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But I know, from a few exchanges online and one in real life, that some of … Continue reading →

March 29, 2014

3:23 PM | Open Letter to Ellen Degeneres: Don’t Promote Theresa Caputo, the “Long Island Medium”
Categories: SkepticismTags: amazing randiellen degeneresjohnny carsonlong island mediummediumpsychictheresa caputoA new video! Close-enough transcript below. Hey Ellen. We need to talk about Theresa Caputo. She’s the “Long Island Medium” who claims to be able to talk to the dead, and you’ve had her on your show in the past and you’re planning to have her on your show again. To be fair, if Theresa Caputo can do the things she claims to do, it’s not just okay […]
3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Fake Doctors, Witch Doctors, and Weird Fan Art
Categories: Feminism Quickies Religion Science SkepticismINDIA (From Cerberus40) Preliminary results from new research show only 1-in-24 healthcare providers in India is qualified in modern medicine. That includes alternative medicine providers and fakers, some without any medical training, posing as physicians, even in hospitals. PHILIPPINES (From Michael) Policewomen members of the Women and Children Protection Desk have been in charge of security in some refugee camps for survivors of […]
1:51 PM | Everybody Needs a Hamster Fart in Their Life
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March 28, 2014

4:03 PM | Quickies: Homeopathy Recalled for Containing Medicine, Sloth Exists for 45 Years
Categories: QuickiesAmanda is busy working undercover in The Vatican, where she hopes to find out once and for all what the Pope wears under his robes. In the meanwhile, I have taken over the Quickies! Homeopathy company recalls products that may have real medicine: “In this case, however, the FDA found that the process Terra Medica used to make six of its products could introduce the antibiotic penicillin into Terra Medica liquids, tablets, capsules, ointments and […]
1:08 PM | Borinqueña celebrates Women's History Month-Part II
Borinqueña emphasizes the contribution of Puerto Rican and Hispanic women in science and technology and provides a space to discuss topics of interest about the empowerment of women. In this Women’s History Month we present Borinqueña Global. In this section we will highlight successful women scientists that can offer their experience of the impact of science on a worldwide scale.   Is Women's History […]
4:01 AM | Grammarly: An Online Dater’s Secret Weapon
Joe Romance scratches his head. Online dating profile questions are the worst. I never know what to write, he muses. He decides to write just the basics: general hobbies and interests without many distinctive details. His “matches” will be able to tell he’s a good guy, right? Then, he can work on impressing them later, once he connects with someone he really likes. He taps out the following: I have two dogs. We go jogging in the park every morning. If your a Dog Lover like […]

March 27, 2014

8:21 PM | He Said, She Said, He Sues: The Ongoing Saga of Ben Radford & Karen Stollznow
Categories: SkepticismLast year, we reported that paranormal investigator and former Skepchick contributor Dr. Karen Stollznow wrote an editorial for Scientific American in which she describes sexual harassment at the hands of a colleague who the Internet promptly identified as Ben Radford. Radford claimed innocence, though he had been mildly punished by his employer, Center for Inquiry, after they hired an outside firm to investigate the matter. The CEO of CFI, lawyer Ron Lindsay, wrote to […]
3:00 PM | Guest Post: Stop Judging Me for Being on Welfare
Categories: Guest BloggersTags: government assistancejudgmentpovertywelfareEditor’s Note: In media and popular culture, the myth of the “welfare queen” is still present. Obviously, this stereotype does not reflect the reality of people who need government assistance. Today’s guest post is from a single mother on welfare and how she constantly feels judged by society for getting a “free ride” when it’s anything but.  […]
12:00 PM | Quickies: Research on bipolar disorder and autism, “holistic” citations, and paleolithic hands
Categories: QuickiesStem cells shed light on treatments for bipolar disorder – “In a first-of-its-kind procedure, researchers from the University of Michigan have created stem cells from the skin of people with bipolar disorder, and then coaxed the cells into neurons. This has allowed scientists, for the first time, to directly measure cellular differences between people with bipolar disorder and people without.” From Amy. Autism “begins long before birth” – […]
1:02 AM | Compassionate Investigation: An Interview With the Minds Behind “Oh No, Ross & Carrie!”
Categories: Guest Bloggers Random Asides Reviews SkepticismTags: carrie poppyoh no ross and carriepodcastRoss BlocherThis post was originally posted on Mad Art Lab and was written by Courtney Caldwell. I added in some extra photos to this post version that I took of Ross and Carrie cuz they rock. Who rocks, you ask? They all rock. Ross, Carrie, the photos and Courtney. So enjoy the interview and the new podcast you are going to be hooked on! Take it away Courtney… ____________________ […]

March 26, 2014

5:01 PM | Fatphobia and Body Dissatisfaction: Different Conversations
Categories: SkepticismAuthor’s note: when I mention thin people speaking about weight stigma, I am not referring to thin people butting in to a conversation among and between fat people about their experiences of being fat. I am referring to someone telling their own story in their own context about their relationship with their body. In most social justice circles the common wisdom is that if you are not part of the group that is affected by a certain kind of stigma or oppression, then […]
4:43 PM | Living on the Edge of Equilibrium
Last week my bike got a puncture. So what, you might ask. In itself this is totally trivial, but it also represents the way the trivial gets in the way of everything else. A puncture for me represents potential disaster. … Continue reading →
2:41 PM | Borinqueña celebrates Women's History Month-Part I
Borinqueña emphasizes the contribution of Puerto Rican and Hispanic women in science and technology and provides a space to discuss topics of interest about the empowerment of women. In this Women’s History Month we present Borinqueña Global. In this section we will highlight successful women scientists that can offer their experience of the impact of science on a worldwide scale.    Is Women's […]
1:00 PM | Quickies: Poverty Myths Busted, The Failure of the 12 Steps, and Alien Commuters (not what you think)
Categories: QuickiesOn March 26, 1484, William Caxton printed his translation of Aesop’s Fables. I was obsessed with reading these as a kid, and one of my favorites was The Fox and the Stork. Did you have a favorite fable? VA Christian school bans 8-year-old girl because her tomboy looks aren’t ‘biblical’ – The real question here is: does the school tolerate students who wear cotton/wool blends? From CriticalDragon1177. The Surprising Failures of 12 Steps […]
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