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Better to Call Saul a Skeptic

As a kind of echo to Brian Dunning’s recent episode about skepticism and commercial entertainment on the Skeptoid Podcast, I offer this as an example of an interesting use of skepticism on a popular TV show. (Just FYI: I’m going … Continue reading

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Bigfoot Is Racking Up Frequent Flier Miles

Bigfoot is the mythological ape-like creature of modern pop culture and cryptozoology. It’s popular enough that there’s even a show, Finding Bigfoot, dedicated to finding it. (I’m still waiting after nine seasons for them to find it!) Bigfoot is low-hanging fruit … Continue reading

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The X-FIles (2016) Ep. 1 Review: Everything You Know is Wrong

This article contains spoilers for the first episode of The X-Files (2016). Imagine a world where aliens are real, the paranormal is practically normal, and every single conspiracy theory is true. No, I’m not reading Infowars or listening to an episode of Welcome … Continue reading

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Pop Culture Medical Mistakes

As someone who works in medicine I find it difficult to be entertained by medical entertainments. From Grey’s Anatomy to Robin Cook’s novels I cannot suspend disbelief and live in the stories. This is mostly because I avoid conflating my work … Continue reading

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Beware Direct Response Marketing

Here at Skeptoid, we like to promote skeptical and critical thinking about a variety of topics. I think that one place that deserves skepticism, that a lot of consumers fail to apply critical thinking to, is marketing and advertising.  There … Continue reading

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When a Drone is Not a Drone

It’s unfortunate that language is often used carelessly. We frequently react to news emotionally rather than analytically; and when imprecise language elicits groundless fear, our reaction can be the same as if the fear were justified. The current popular trend … Continue reading

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Goodbye To Leonard Nimoy, Dead At 83

This is not a Skeptoid post, I have one that will go up later today. This is a personal post for a person that helped inspire me to be a skeptic. I am saying goodbye to an actor/director and I am thanking … Continue reading

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Bigfoot of the Gaps

I’m sure that you have all heard about the Royal Society paper dismissing alleged bigfoot and yeti DNA evidence as being from common animals, right? If not, NatGeo has a pretty good write-up about it. Or, you could go read the … Continue reading

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Cosmos (2014) Episodes 10 & 11: Best and Worst

Alas, good readers, it seems as though life, the Universe, and everything are conspiring to keep me from these little Cosmos reviews. Them, or at least the fourteen hour workday that has temporarily imposed itself on my Mondays. Anyway, I’m … Continue reading

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Cosmos (2014) Episode 9: Best and Worst

Just in time for Earth Day, Cosmos delivers an episode that tackles the subject of climate change and global warming. This show hasn’t shied away from science controversies so far, and I was really looking forward to how they were … Continue reading

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