Gorillas, starship commanders, and your brain

Steven here… A lot of skepticism involves learning about and recognizing psychological phenomena. Alien abduction accounts are easier to understand if you’ve read about hypnogogia. When some Christians begin speaking in tongues, it helps to know how glossolalia works. And of course, it’s always useful to familiarize yourself with pareidolia when someone claims they have [Read More…]

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About that personal experience of yours…

Steven here… Religion doesn’t have evidence, so it must rely on other means to persuade people to adopt it. One of those is the appeal to personal experience. Believers will tell you that Jesus has appeared before them, perhaps in a vision. Or that something miraculous happened to them which convinced them that there is [Read More…]

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5 logical fallacies that aren’t always fallacious

Steven here… As skeptics, we strive to be as logical as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to learn what logical fallacies are and avoid using them. This is an excellent thing to do, however there is a problem: Many skeptics have diligently learned what the fallacies are, but end up [Read More…]

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Man arrested for trying to be with his husband in the hospital

Steven here… Roger Gorley is not allowed to see his husband. This is because Missouri is one of the states that does not recognize the marriage rights of same-sex couples. A Lee’s Summit man is fighting a restraining order that he says was issued against him after he says he was arrested for refusing to [Read More…]

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Civility

Steven here… Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers put out a blog post recently calling on people to sign a civility pledge. A lot of it is completely fair and how we would hope people would behave. In fact, on my first read-through, I didn’t really see anything that I objected to. I try to [Read More…]

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Sandy Hook truthers are awful people

Steven here… I’ve always had some sympathy for conspiracy theorists. I used to buy into a lot of these silly ideas about the government having secret contact with aliens and stuff. Even when I stopped believing in them, conspiracies like that were still interesting and exciting. And I have a measure of nostalgia looking back [Read More…]

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Trevin Wax can’t show platonic affection because gay people ruined it

Steven here… The newest argument against homosexuality has arrived. It turns out it prevents straight dudes from being friends. Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition explains: “But there is no such thing as absolute freedom when it comes to sexuality. The moment we celebrate or endorse certain behaviors, we curtail freedom in other areas. This [Read More…]

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A matter of pride

Steven here… A childhood friend of mine posted this on Facebook after her visit to the doctor: “Syphilis-NEGATIVE, HIV-1&2-NEGATIVE, Chlamydia-NEGATIVE, HPV- Negative, Herpes-NEGATIVE, GC (Gonorrhea)-NEGATIVE, Trichomonias- NEGATIVE, ALL DRUG TEST NEGATIVE… At 32 I have Never had a STD and IM proud of it. These type of papers are like a TREASURE, DO YOU HAVE [Read More…]

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My interview with We Are Atheism

Steven here… This year at Skepticon I sat down with Adam Brown from We Are Atheism to discuss growing up as an atheist. I actually begged off of doing a video with them for a long time primarily because I wasn’t convinced that my story would be of any help to closeted atheists. I’ve always [Read More…]

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Help Rob Lehr with transcriptions

Steven here… I don’t always watch videos, but when I do it’s videos from Skepticon. Rob Lehr is a juggernaut of awesomeness getting all of those filmed, edited and uploaded all by himself. However, since he is only one person and(probably) mortal, he can’t get to everything that needs to be done. One of the [Read More…]

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