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Category Archive: Skepticism

May 23 2014

Can We Rationally Accept Our Irrationality?

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This piece was originally published in Free Inquiry magazine. Here’s the conundrum. On the one hand: As rationalists, we’re striving to be rational, to the best of our ability. On the other hand: As rationalists, we’re striving to accept reality, to the best of our ability. And the reality is that our brains are not …

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Mar 27 2014

Karen Stollznow Legal Defense Fund Is In Place

The Karen Stollznow legal defense fund has been started, and is now in place. If you think victims of sexual harassment should be able to speak out without being silenced by lawsuits or fear of lawsuits, please donate — and please spread the word. My name is Karen Stollznow. I am an author and researcher …

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Oct 03 2013

Can We Rationally Accept Our Irrationality?

Here’s the conundrum: on the one hand, as rationalists, we’re striving to be rational to the best of our ability. On the other hand, as rationalists, we’re striving to accept reality to the best of our ability. And the reality is that our brains are not rational. Our brains are a hot mess. Our brains …

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Sep 09 2013

A Martyr of Modern Skepticism: The Assassination of Prominent Atheist Narendra Dabholkar

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A great skeptical leader has been assassinated. This didn’t happen in a tyrannical theocracy. This happened in a modern, supposedly secular nation, with no state religion, and with first-class programs of science and medicine. And still, for the crime of criticizing religious beliefs, questioning them, and subjecting them to scientific scrutiny, a great skeptical leader …

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Aug 28 2013

My Body is the Knife: Skepticism and the Reality of Medical Uncertainty

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This piece was originally published in AlterNet. The cutting edge of science is hard to accept when your body is the knife. “If we don’t know the answer to a question, it’s better to just say, ‘We don’t know.’ And then, of course, investigate and try to find an answer. We shouldn’t jump in with …

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Aug 26 2013

Angry Atheists and Equality: Greta’s Podcast Interview with “Life, the Universe & Everything Else”

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Podcast time! When I was at the SkepTech conference earlier this year, I gave a podcast interview to Gem Newman of the “Life, the Universe & Everything Else” podcast, hosted by Winnipeg Skeptics. That interview is now up — along with the rest of a very interesting show. In the interview, we discuss angry atheism, …

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Aug 20 2013

Coping with Life Under a Cloud of Medical Uncertainty

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“If we don’t know the answer to a question, it’s better to just say, ‘We don’t know.’ And then, of course, investigate and try to find an answer. We shouldn’t jump in with an uninformed answer based on our cognitive biases. And we definitely shouldn’t assume that, because we don’t know the answer to a …

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Aug 20 2013

PZ Myers’ Grenade, and Anonymous Accusations vs. Unnamed Sources: The “Deep Throat” Analogy

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When we’re considering accusations of seriously bad, possibly criminal behavior, should we take anonymous accusations seriously? What about unnamed sources? Much has been said about PZ Myers’s post on Pharyngula, What do you do when someone pulls the pin and hands you a grenade?, in which he re-posted an email from a woman he knows …

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Aug 13 2013

A Timeline of the Sexual Harassment Accusations

At the Lousy Canuck blog, Jason Thibeault has put together a timeline of the major events of the sexual harassment accusations in the skeptical and secular communities. This is a living document: he is updating it as new information comes in and as new events unfold. This is hugely helpful. For people who have been …

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Aug 12 2013

Harassment, Rape, and the Difference Between Skepticism and Denialism – UPDATED

UPDATE: There is now a timeline of the major events in these accusations, and the responses to them, on Jason Thibeault’s Lousy Canuck blog. It includes several additional reports of harassment and sexual assault, and several additional pieces of corroboration of these reports. It is being updated as new information comes in and as new …

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