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Critical Thinking: My Friend, My Enemy, Myself

Conversations between “skeptics” and “believers” tend to devolve into an argument over who is truly thinking critically and who is not — to nobody’s ultimate benefit. There is a very good reason why trading accusations of a lack of critical … Continue reading

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Lazy Reporting of UFO Phenomena

Just before the 4th of July holiday, there were reports of UFO sightings in Hemlock, Michigan.  The UFO story itself is neither noteworthy nor unusual for this sort of random lights-in-the-sky sighting; but I found the news report generated from … Continue reading

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Stop Wikipedia Shaming

Wikipedia has gotten a bogeyman reputation for inaccuracy. “I read it on Wikipedia” has become a punchline for obviously incorrect information, and any reference to Wikipedia in an article has a tendency to draw derisive comments that essentially dismiss the … Continue reading

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The Last Bigfoot Post I Will Ever Write [Maybe]

I was soooooo ready to write a fun Bigfoot post today. It has been a busy couple weeks for the fine art of Squatch-Watching. Not only has someone Photoshopped the Gimlin film to within an inch of its life, but … Continue reading

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Origins the Series

My brother Abe sends me a lot of cool videos and articles about science: recent research, new inventions, educational materials, or the work of grad students who are sharing presentations of their findings on YouTube. This week he sent me this great video series, … Continue reading

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The Face on Mars has a Peruvian Cousin

Some interesting links came in over the Skeptoid transom the other day, and they provide a good opportunity to apply a little healthy skepticism as well as learn about an interesting corner of the world. A web article published by … Continue reading

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I, Skeptic

I am a skeptic and use skepticism in my every day life. It is a part of my thinking and my decision-making processes. This does not mean that I doubt everything I read or hear. It also does not mean … Continue reading

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All GM Foods Are Not Created Equal

The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe is a podcast that I enjoy every week. This week, the panel discussed the topic of GM foods; and while I don’t disagree with anything they said, I did have to grit my teeth … Continue reading

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Of Schools, Skepticism, and Snopes

By now, I’m sure many of you have seen the alleged “science quiz” making the rounds on the Internet — the one that says dinosaurs lived with people and that an Apatosaurus is the best explanation for the Leviathan of … Continue reading

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The REAL scientific method…

Over the years I have judged many science fairs, and it’s an opportunity that I really enjoy.   I have found that the best participants have a strong understanding of the scientific method and have thought carefully about how to … Continue reading

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