The Confused Person’s Guide to Middle East Conflicts

Karl Sharro created the diagram above to clarify the geopolitical relationships in the Middle East, which many find confusing. It appeared in The Atlantic together with accompanying text which, if you read it, will make things clearer still. I thought I would share it here, in case there are blog readers who struggle to grasp the precise [Read More...]

Inhofe Disproves Poverty and Hunger

On Facebook, Chris Code offered the following comment about Senator James Inhofe’s misguided attempt to disprove global warming by holding up a snowball: This is Republican, science-denier logic for you. What will he ask next? “If poverty is real then where did I get this money? If world hunger is real then where did I [Read More...]

Wanted: Enormous Needle, Tiny Camel

I thought this image from Mrs. Betty Bowers made a good point cleverly. [Read more...]

I Just Know

“I just know” replaces systematic reviews at top of evidence pyramid The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) announced today that “I just know” will replace systematic reviews as the top level of evidence available in medical research. For years scientists and doctors have dismissed anecdotes from the likes of anti-vaxxers and pseudoscience pushers, [Read More...]

Horus Tries To Ruin Christmas

This is an excellent bit of satire, aimed at mythicist false claims (especially those which stem from Gerald Massey). HT Michael Barber [Read more...]

Anecdotal Evidence

Via The Skeptic’s Guide to the Internet on Facebook.   [Read more...]

Sermon on the Amount

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The State of Marriage in the United States

A federal judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages yesterday. Fred Clark shared this useful map illustrating the impact that this is having on traditional heterosexual marriage in the United States: Meanwhile, Jeff Carter continued his series of Biblical limericks with one about even more traditional marriage, of a sort that is no longer legal [Read More...]


Hemant Mehta shared the above video, which pokes fun at many of the arguments for an afterlife that people use, pointing out that one can use those same arguments to insist that there must be something beyond an afterlife. UPDATE: Alex McManus makes a related point, based on an analogy from a future involving artificial [Read More...]

Book of Job Trigger Warning

Rob Zaretsky’s piece in Inside Higher Ed proposes trigger warnings for a number of pieces of classic literature. Given my field, I particularly appreciated his treatment of the Book of Job: Anonymous’ “The Book of Job” “Are you sure this is part of the Bible?” asked many respondents, who also exhibited intense unease with God’s actions, [Read More...]

Post-Flood Miracle

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