The American Chemical Society releases a video explaining why homeopathy is bullshit.

Scientists doing work.  Hngh! Are you listening, Walgreens? [Read more…]

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British headmaster says Harry Potter and other fiction causes brain damage in children.

A British headmaster at the Acorn School in Nailsworth has gotten some attention for claiming that fiction such as Harry Potter can cause mental illness in children: Can reading “Harry Potter,” “The Hunger Games” and “The Lord of the Rings” cause brain damage in children? The principal of a British private school says yes. In [Read More…]

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Bill in Mississippi would permit the teaching of creationism in public schools.

Rep. Mark Formby (I’ll let you guess his political party, but it rhymes with Bepublican) has introduced a bill in Mississippi that would permit the teaching of creationism in public schools until a Dover-like trial put a stop to it: House Bill 50 “encourages students to explore scientific questions” and allows teachers to discuss “weaknesses” [Read More…]

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Study: 31% of public school science teachers including that global warming might be natural.

A new study has found that about 31% of public school science teachers are including the opinions of people who contradict scientific experts as part of the course: One of the most striking findings: 30 percent of teachers said in the survey that they tell students that the current warming “is likely due to natural [Read More…]

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Guest Post: “Why do some people have trouble believing science?”

The following is a guest post for Dr. Peter Coppinger: Why do some people have trouble believing science?” I’m hardly an expert on this, but I can lend my experience as a college professor. From moon-landing hoaxers to anti-vaxxers to creationists to 9/11 conspiracists, there has always been—and will always be—people that dismiss science and [Read More…]

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I don’t think I’m doing Evolution anymore.

In a previous post, a commenter left a very helpful comment. There is more proof God exists than not….. [Read more…]

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Skepticism Destroyed my Childhood Memories

I grew up with a show called “Unsolved Mysteries”. The music and presentation to it is nostalgic to me. In a moment of weakness, I hopped online and grabbed a DVD set that’s all UFO-related episodes. That was a thing within my family’s interests. [Read more…]

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PEW: 73% who seldom/never attend church say science and religion are in conflict.

Ok, big shocker courtesy of Pew: the less you go to church the more likely you are to see a conflict between science and religion:   Here’s another cool find from Pew: most American think science and religion are in conflict.  I suspect the problem comes when fundamentalists acknowledge this and think science must therefore [Read More…]

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Michaelyn’s Skepdakota talk: Religion Is Not A Mental Illness.

Michaelyn was invited to give her talk Religion Is Not A Mental Illness at Skepdakota this year.  For those who don’t know, my wife has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and is applying to med school to become a psychiatrist. And she’s right.  Of course, it doesn’t have to be a mental illness for religion [Read More…]

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NASA confirms liquid water on the surface of Mars (and why this gives me nightmares)!

Ok, because I don’t want to bury the lede, I have to start with NASA’s announcement today: there is liquid water, for part of the year, on the surface of Mars: Liquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises the chances [Read More…]

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