IO9 shared an infographic about widespread misconceptions. Those relating to religion and to science intersect with the focuses of this blog, and so I thought I should share it in a post of its own (I mentioned it in a post previously). [Read more...]

Bible Weirdness Competition

In order to illustrate some points related to information literacy in my class on the Bible, I asked students to find the wackiest claims made about the Bible online. The two top contenders were (1) that the oil in the Middle East is essentially the luscious Garden of Eden, turned into oil by Noah’s flood, and [Read More...]

Round It Goes Again

In an assignment, I had students set forth in search of reliable online sources on a given subject. Some of what they found was so helpful, that I blogged about it. Later students sometimes found my blog post. Something similar has happened again. A student this semester found LaMar Adams’ work on the unity of [Read More...]

Plagiarism Flowchart

Running Heads shared the chart above, aimed at journalists, but students could benefit from reading it as well. [Read more...]

Do Your Own “Research”

Open Parachute shared these three images, and I thought I’d pass them along, given their relevance to discussions we have here. [Read more...]

TIL Wikipedia is not always reliable…from Wikipedia

Today I Learned is a popular subreddit on Reddit. One very recent post is this one: The post links to the Wikipedia entry “Reliability of Wikipedia.” Discuss…       [Read more...]

Amelia Bedelia and the Sinister Buttocks

Wikipedia has been making headlines again. If you haven’t seen it yet, read the article about how someone as a student edited the Wikipedia entry about Amelia Bedelia as a prank, only to encounter it tweeted as fact years later. The second part of the title of this post comes from an article about the tendency [Read More...]


I recently had the privilege to be an invited panelist at a PALNI (Private Academic Library Network of Indiana) strategic planning meeting. For post-dinner entertainment, they had a video contest, with the various libraries in the network entering submissions. The dean of the Butler University libraries, Julie Miller, submitted my “Viva La Library” video as our [Read More...]

THE James McGrath

My friend and colleague Chad Bauman mentioned on Facebook about someone else who shares his name, but who has chosen – how shall I put it? – a different path in life. Out of curiosity, I checked to see what would happen if I typed in my name, with no added middle initial or other [Read More...]

Skepticism Quote

Steve Douglas took some words of mine in a recent post and turned them into an image, and so I’ve shared it above. [Read more...]

Skepticism, Science, and Scholarship

P. Z. Myers has seen the dark side of skepticism, the fact that its tools can be applied not just to fringe bunk but to anything and everything. And so he has written in an effort to distinguish science and skepticism. Here is an excerpt from his recent post on the topic: A short while [Read More...]