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Suspension of Disbelief: Pacific Rim

Suspension of Disbelief: Pacific Rim

Welcome to suspension of disbelief, a weekly segment where we review movies, books, games and anything that takes our fancy. When my flatmate first suggested we go see it, I pulled faces. What’s it about, I asked? WELL, He said, THERE ARE ALIENS. AND THERE ARE ROBOTS. AND THEY FIGHT. I continued to pull faces, but let me say this: I’m really glad I went to see it, and if you haven̵... »

A Religious Person’s Feelings: More Important than an Atheist’s Trauma

A Religious Person’s Feelings: More Important than an Atheist’s Trauma

So there is a post that has been going around tumblr a lot lately (at the time of writing it had 77k+ notes). If you have suffered a tragedy and someone says, “you’re in my prayers” with sincerity, and you respond with some egotistical shit about being atheist you are an emotionally inept moron. (original source) You know, I get the sentiment. The first few times it passed across my dash, I ... »

Skepticism itself is not enough

Skepticism itself is not enough

There are two things you should know about me (I mean there are probably more, but for the purposes of this post: only two). One is that I am a tumblr-addict. Two is that I have eczema. Sometimes bad, sometimes mild, but that’s the fun of eczema– it’s often dependent on things like climate and stress levels and sometimes nothing in particular at all, so it can be difficult to con... »

It’s About More Than Just Marriage

It’s About More Than Just Marriage

Last Wednesday evening, I watched as my country made history, and became the 13th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. It was an exciting evening, in ways that I hadn’t quite anticipated. I’m ashamed to admit I’d never been interested enough in the inner workings of parliament to tune into the parliamentary TV livestream, but I did last Wednesday, and it was a real... »

Discovering the Real Reason for the Holiday Season

Discovering the Real Reason for the Holiday Season

Axial tilt is the reason for the season, as the (slightly adapted version of) the saying goes. In the most recent episode of TSBS, Mindy, Eddy, Ali Marie, and Katie talked about their holiday traditions, and how they’ve changed from religious to secular. As a follow-on from this, I thought I’d share a bit about how I’ve always celebrated Christmas– and the radically differe... »

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 12.6

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 12.6

Does it matter if people don’t identify as feminists? (via Jezebel) “Still we mourn. Still we work for change”. Remembering the Montreal Massacre (via The Ubyssey) Creationists Embrace “Truth in Education” in Indiana (via Love Joy Feminism) Anita Sarkeesian on Online Harassment and Cyber Mobs (via Feminist Frequency) Featured Image: The Star. »

Suspension of Disbelief: Skyfall

Suspension of Disbelief: Skyfall

Suspension of Disbelief is a weekly feature, in which we review movies, books, TV shows, and other popular culture for the skeptical teen. Title: Skyfall Director: Sam Mendes Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes Despite (or maybe because of) growing up Bond-obsessed father, I never was much of a fan myself. I know I saw Quantum of Solace at some stage, bu... »

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