Scoping the Sciences
Scientists and their champions are leveraging Periscope as a tool for making the ravine between scientific ignorance and scientific knowledge narrower in an effort to improve public understanding.
LaRae Meadows Reports on SkeptiCal 2014
On the last day of May, a bevy of west-coast skeptics gathered to discuss scammers, science, psychology, and public awareness above the hurry and fuss of Chinatown in Oakland, California.
Lost Lessons of the Strangling Angel
Europe’s diphtheria outbreaks in the 1940s provide a sobering context for modern anti-vaccination claims.
The Most Adorable Mandible
It should be a surprise to no one when skeptics congregate at conferences, the conversations and talks are nothing short of extraordinary with one-liners that cannot be found anywhere else. Not convinced? Keep reading. SkeptiCal 2013 will serve as our case study.
Stuff You Should Know TV
Ever wonder what the love child of the British version of The Office and an overheard conversation about science between two reasonably informed guys would grow up to be? Ok, maybe not, but Stuff You Should Know will answer the question anyway.
An Interview with SETI Founder Frank Drake
An approachable and interesting man, Drake isn’t above a joke about his work or the people with whom he interacts. While at SETIcon II in Santa Clara, California, Drake took a few minutes to answer questions about his research, the future of SETI Institute, and aliens.
Pointing the Telescopes
An Interview with SETI Researcher Jill Tarter
Space is For Everyone
Ariel Waldman Tells Us How to Hack Space Exploration and Get Involved
For Such Smart People, You Just Don’t Get It
The Failure of the Science Community to Take Reality into Account
SETIcon II: No Radio Telescopes Required
It was an opportunity to share meaningful and informative time with extraordinarily accessible microbiologists, planet scientists, astrobiologists, physicists, engineers, entrepreneurs, geologists, philosophers, linguists, astronauts, artists, and science fiction stars.
Called the gateway to Bigfoot country, the starting point of The Bigfoot Scenic Byway, home of the Bigfoot Collection at the Willow Creek-China Flat Museum, and Bigfoot hotspot, Willow Creek is the home of the best evidence for the existence of Bigfoot ever collected.
SkeptiCal, a one day conference billed as Northern California’s science and skepticism conference, was host to more than 260 skeptics at the DoubleTree Hotel in Berkeley, California on April 21, 2012.
A review of Transcendent Man Live: a Conversation about the Future
A mixed bag of content, Transcendent Man Live: a Conversation about the Future perfectly illuminated the problem with discussing science in America.
A review of Nostalgia for the Light
The Past is Now
A review of Attack the Block
A review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Unfortunately, what came in with a bang goes out with a whimper in this final installment of a much-loved series.
A review of Cowboys & Aliens
It’s not dramatic, not cheeky, not funny; Cowboys & Aliens is the film of not.
A review of Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives plays like a 1950s governmental instructional video, makes basic reasoning mistakes, and discredits itself …
Review of Paul
Anyone calling Paul charismatic, humorous, or timeless is probably suffering a terrible case of confirmation bias.
Review of The Rite
Review of Black Swan
Well-acted and disturbing, Black Swan is a film that gives fleeting, peripheral glimpses of greatness.
Review of Tron: Legacy
Chock full of glamour and lacking in substance, Tron: Legacy is all sizzle and no sausage.
If the events of Hereafter happened in real life, they would not make a rewarding drama but a tragic story used to show the maliciousness of blind…
Paranormal Activity 2
Sure, Paranormal Activity 2 offers nothing more than roller-coaster thrills, but what’s not to love about roller coasters?
Case 39 is the perfect example of how to annoy, aggravate, and incense an audience to the point that its members intend to hunt down all involved…
Let Me In
Chilling, edgy, and intimate, Let Me In is a heart breaking, heartwarming vampire drama that left me stirred.
The Last Exorcism
Even though I love to see skepticism positively portrayed in a movie, I can’t help but feel disappointed by the shameless burglarizing of the history of horror.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
A bad script, a case of sequel-itis, and acting of an eye-rolling quality made wish someone would do me the merciful act of shooting me with a silver bullet
Since the writers of Jonah Hex didn’t find it necessary to give me a reason to care about Jonah or the story, I won’t be bothered to do so, either.
Review of Splice
Scientists testing the boundaries of what is possible find themselves walking the line of what is ethical in Splice
Review of Iron Man 2
Even Iron Man is vulnerable to the double-edged sword of the past, and in Iron Man 2, Tony Stark feels both sides of the blade. Iron Man 2 is a thin…
Review of Clash of the Titans
When the fragile egos of the Olympians are damaged by human indifference and defiance, the Olympians plan their revenge. Clash of the Titans is an…
Review of How to Train Your Dragon
Children’s movies, especially those meant for small children, tell more about a society and their values than any other film genre. The emotional reaction of…
Review of Repo Men
In a world where corporations own people (or parts of them), falling behind on payments is a matter of life and death. Repo Men is like a NASCAR…
Review of The Wolfman
It takes only one fateful bite to turn from ordinary theater actor into The Wolfman…
Review of Legion
In Legion, God is pissed, and it is all our fault. Incomprehensible theology, a bumbling bunch of characters, and a taffy-stretched plot…
Interview with Randall Keynes
Keynes sat down on an extremely rainy Monday in San Francisco to discuss his book, the movie adaptation that hits theaters on Friday, and the controversy…
Review of Creation
In Creation, a film adaptation of Randall Keynes book of the same name, Charles Darwin comes to terms with the death of his daughter Annie…
Daybreakers begins ten years after an outbreak causes vampirism, when the world is running out of humans necessary to feed the vampire population.
Review of Paranormal Activity
Seeing what happens in the house while they sleep doesn’t make Katie and Micah rest any easier…