Mythbusters and the Importance of Variation

Mythbusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman

I love the Mythbusters.

I’ve watched their show since the first season, and unlike some other shows of a skeptical persuasion, it’s maintained it’s edge, humor and integrity. But, I’ve noticed a rather disturbing trend (or at least a disappointing outcome that has now occurred more than once). You see, [...]

The 29 Dimensions of Bunk: Part 1 – A skeptic finds a date online

Lisa and Dan

Two skeptics, actually. But let me take things back a few steps first.

In the spring of 2006, I left a long term relationship.

In general, a lot of things were changing for me at the time; I started a new job, was nearing the end of my undergraduate education and was gearing up to begin my first graduate program. In addition, the break-up meant I also had to move. By the end of 2006, my life was virtually unrecognizable compared to where I was in just 12 months prior. … continue reading this entry.

Part 3 of 3: Skepticism = atheism? [once more with feeling]

There has been discussion in recent months about the similarities and dissimilarities of atheism and skepticism [1, 2, 3]. Some argued that skepticism and atheism are the same thing, others that they are two very different philosophies. This article in no way claims to be a conclusion to that discussion, but aims, perhaps, to explore a different aspect of it. Ultimately, disagreement as to whether it is fair to conclude that skepticism and atheism are the same thing is an argument in semantics; to agree that they are or that they are not depends entirely upon the definitions the individual maintains of either idea. If one defines both atheism and skepticism in ways that their overlap far exceeds their differences, then one could conclude that they are synonymous. … continue reading this entry.

Gotham Skeptic Reader Survey: Part 1 of 3 – Sex Differences

So, while men and women may differ greatly in pop cultural and general affinity for woo and the paranormal, when you isolate the skeptics from the rest of the population, much of those proverbial gaps appear to diminish. [...]

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