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Phalluses and Fallacies: A Brief History of Freud

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian Neurologist (or ‘Brain-Science-Man’) who rose to prominence within the scientific community around the beginning of the 20th century. He’s best known as the person who founded the discipline of Psychoanalysis, and is one of the most recognisable figures in all of Psychology. He was also …

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Escape From The Woo Zoo: Winter Is Coming

I, like quite a number of people invested in scientific skepticism and its offshoots, once teetered on the edge of a rail, leaning towards one side, one side that appeared to be the most comfortable to fall towards. Its promises were vast and enthralling, its world was infinite in charm …

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Braaaains! Being a Skeptical Mental Health Services Consumer

In 2008, 13.4 percent of adults in the United States recieved treatment for a mental health problem.1 Sure, it's only one country (and one I'm partial to), but it illustrates the point well. A whole lot of us, abroad or not, will seek treatment for mental illness sometime throughout our lives. …

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Escape From The Woo Zoo: The More You Read, The More Things You Will Know

I spoke in my last Escape from Woo Zoo about a recent event that confirmed my non-faith in the supernatural. But the truth is, my journey into Skepticism started earlier. Much, much earlier.

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Escape from the Woo Zoo: Musings on Life and Death

This is part of our Teen Skepchick series, Escape from the Woo Zoo, in which regular people tell stories of how they gave up unsubstantiated beliefs in favor of evidence and skepticism. You can read previous installments here. Growing up, one of the hardest lessons to learn is how to cope with …

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Escape From the Woo Zoo: My Total Perspective Vortex, and Aiding and Abetting Others

In my second year as a biology student at the University of South Carolina, I begun to get my feet wet in courses beyond the standard BIO 101, 102, 110, and 120. That first semester, I took courses on molecular biology, evolutionary biology, organic chemistry, and what would prove to …

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Escape From the Woo Zoo: What Do You Mean, Nessie Isn’t Real?!

When I was a little kid, I loved dinosaurs. It all started with a school project about them when I was five, and by a TV show called Walking With Dinosaurs that was broadcast around the same time. It’s no surprise, then, that when I discovered the legendary Loch Ness Monster …

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Escape from the Woo Zoo: What You Can Do

One of the most important things I’ve learned from reading and writing about the lengths to which we go to reject woo, it’s that everyone has a different story. Some people are curious and hyper-rational by nature, some are seduced by the fantastical claims of homeopathy, and some are raised …

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