Category Archives: Skepticism

A really good pain in the ass

I’m reading an excellent book on critical thinking by Christopher DiCarlo called How to Be a Really Good Pain in the Ass. I heard an interview with him on Freethought Radio (I’m sensing a trend), and I thought I’d check it … Continue reading

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Santa is watching

My wife: “What are we going to tell Melissa about Santa?” Me: “Oh, I don’t know. How about nothing?” This question is the latest in a string of “What are we going to tell…?” questions we’ve been patiently addressing for … Continue reading

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Miracles

The Turin Shroud just won’t go away. The Telegraph has two articles (at least presenting different sides of the issue, which you would never read in an Italian newspaper) about a group of Italian scientists who claim the shroud is … Continue reading

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Evolution fish

Awesome evolution fish, via Twitter.

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Science vs. religion

I just wanted to get this down before I forgot it: • Science is like walking into a pitch-dark room with a small, powerful flashlight. You may not see much at first, but it may stop you from stumbling. Slowly, painstakingly … Continue reading

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Postcard from Ectoville

In June we made our first trip to the United States with our baby daughter. After a trying week at the beach, we settled into a rented cottage immersed in the lush green of Hanover County, Virginia. Cows grazed next … Continue reading

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Of sacred cows and sacred unicorns

Ophelia Benson wrote a post yesterday about sacred cows. In it she asks readers what their cows are, and the responses are fairly typical of what one would expect from skeptical rationalists: democracy, the “golden rule*”, equality, etc…of course no … Continue reading

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Miracle in Petrignano

One of the perks of living in Italy is that, no matter where you end up, you are in the realm of miracles. They happen all the time here. But like UFO sightings, hauntings or any other paranormal activity, miracles … Continue reading

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#Deathers

Well apparently the Osama “deather” meme has become a full-blown conspiracy theory in record time. The idea is not so much that Osama bin Laden is still alive but that he was killed years ago (some say as early as … Continue reading

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I’m an upside-down pony!

At times on this blog I use my modest super powers to poke some fun at “the world’s oldest science”, astrology. That’s because it’s a bunch of silliness masquerading as science, sounding ever-more sciency to keep up with actual scientific … Continue reading

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