Category Archives: Events

We’re All Bad at Math; or, Should Skeptics Play the Lottery?

  The image above has come across my Facebook feed at least a dozen times. It appears that most people are sharing it without a critical look. And yet I am the one that gets vilified when defending the ideas behind … Continue reading

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Should You Make a New Year’s Resolution?

It’s a new year, and this year, like every year, there will be a glut of articles and Facebook posts about New Year’s resolutions: those grand promises we make to ourselves to make our lives so much better … at … Continue reading

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Bad Skepticism: New Live Show from Skeptoid

“Skeptics” often do as much bad science as anyone. We don’t like to admit it any more than anyone else does, but nevertheless there it is. Some colossally bad explanations for things that either didn’t need explanations (because they never … Continue reading

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Oh No! Oh Yes! The Ig Nobel Prize is Coming

Fall is approaching, and hence the annual Ig Nobel Prize is, too. The prize was created in 1991 by Marc Abrahams, the editor of the Annals of Improbable Research. Although its name recalls the Darwin Awards—given to people who help evolution by opting … Continue reading

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A Passion for Science and Reason

This Monday, well-known science advocates and atheists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss came to Belgium. As far as I know, this was the first time either of them visited the country for a public event. The setting was a screening of a … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of History’s Smallest Underground War

Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave has been known since the late 1700s, and exploited for its saltpeter wealth through the War of 1812. Thereafter it became a tourist attraction, passing from owner to owner throughout the 1800s, each of whom had a … Continue reading

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No, ISIS is Not “Branding” Christians in Iraq

Over the weekend, a post began to make its way across Facebook. Originally shared by Scott and Kelli, an on-air duo from syndicated radio station K-LOVE, the post alerts people to a horrific act being committed against Christians by the … Continue reading

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“Hot Convict” Jeremy Meeks Was Not Arrested for Sex Slave Trafficking

On June 18, 2014, the Stockton, California Police Department posted a photo of Jeremy Meeks on Facebook. Meeks is a local convict who was arrested on five weapons charges and one gang-related charge. The photograph attracted over 50,000 likes within … Continue reading

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I Want to Drink a Homeopathic Preparation of HIV-Contaminated Blood

“Foolhardy.” “Reckless ignorance.” “Darwin Award candidate.” These are selected phrases from the responses I’ve received during my private inquiries over the past couple of weeks. I’ve been speaking with lab managers, AIDS researchers, and doctors about my plan to make … Continue reading

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Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and Payne Stewart

Please take this post for no more than what it is: reasonably well-informed speculation. It’s not a prediction nor a claim. At the time of this writing, the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 remains a mystery. It’s been gone … Continue reading

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