Coronavirus and Cognitive Dissonance: A Personal Story
I don’t typically use Facebook for its intended purpose. If I want to start a political argument with someone, it’s going to be face-to-face so I can look that no-good America-hater straight in the eye. This is harder these days, even though we’re all more stressed out than usual, so I recently succumbed and argued …
The End of Ufology? The Information Age Is the Best and Worst Thing for Believers
The deeper I get into this wonderful critical thinking community of ours, the more I realize my “skeptical origin story” isn’t as uncommon as I’d first thought. Like many of us, I was way into weird stuff as a kid. It started with ghosts, but as you get older, you look for something a little …
NECSS 2019 Brings Something Different to the Scene
Cover Image Credit: Bruce F. Press Photography “SCIENCE SKEPTICISM ART” So reads the t-shirt for NECSS 2019, the eleventh annual Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism, copresented by the New York City Skeptics, the New England Skeptical Society, and the Society for Science-Based Medicine, which took place July 11–14. The simple slogan is accompanied …
That Time a Raping Demon Appeared on Cartoon Network: The Popobawa
Cover Image Courtesy of Villains Wiki Be forewarned should you ever travel to the east African island of Zanzibar. There’s a monstrous, “bat-wing” demon there, itching to rape male skeptics. That’s the literal translation of popobawa, from the original Swahili, describing a fearsome creature that roams the countryside. Or not. The only time it’s …
What We Know: A Lay Public Primer
At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life. By Guy P. Harrison. Prometheus Books: Amherst, New York. 2018. ISBN-13: 978-1633884052. 320 pp. Paperback, $19; ebook, $11.99 Sometimes to understand the universe, you need to understand a man. Journalist Guy P. Harrison has been adjacent to the skeptical community for a while now, writing …
Like a Bad Penny: More Superstitions We Can’t Shake
We recently showed that we skeptics can have blind spots all year long, just like everyone else. So by popular demand, here is another gathering of the superstitions that still plague our otherwise rational minds. Eat, drink, and be wary!
The Superstitions We Can’t Shake
As skeptics, we know the logical fallacies and flaws in thinking that lead to superstitious belief, and we decry those faults when we see them in others.
NECSS 2018 Looks Ahead
Despite returning to its regular home at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, change was in the air for NECSS 2018.
Beyond the Echo Chamber: Skeptical Outreach through Pop Culture
So many people do so much great work researching, investigating, and compiling the best evidence for or against an unlikely claim—and yet it rarely reaches the people it really needs to.
NECSS 2017: Skepticism Making Connections in Midtown Manhattan
“Why can’t we do this every weekend?” asked Leighann Lord, comedian and sometime cohost of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk Radio podcast, as she opened the first day of lectures at the ninth annual Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS). It was Lord’s first emcee gig for NECSS and the meeting’s first time at midtown …
NECSS 2017 Honors the Past While Looking Ahead
Not even an “act of God” could keep a full day of Science-Based Medicine talks from kicking things off on Friday, June 30
Two Artists Combine Art, Science, and Skepticism
“Much of my work has been about what we see, what we don’t see, and what we think we see”
Skepticism at the Center: Event Report of NECSS 2016
“It’s why the skeptics’ movement was founded—to tackle the issues people think important but that mainstream science considers too ridiculous to bother with.”