Conspiracy TheoriesFeaturedMedia SkepticismPoliticsPop Culture

They’re Comin’ for My Guns

Gun control is a hot topic right now. All sorts of opinions have gotten thrown around about it, all sorts of issues have been connected to it, and there’s a lot of emotion around it. But one thing that doesn’t seem to get addressed too often is the efficacy of …

FeaturedFeminismMedia SkepticismPop CultureSkepticismTelevision

My Boobs Do Not Define My Worth

Warning: some adult content. Someone on my facebook page recently posted this link to a counterpoint over all the flurry about how sexist and racist and generally horrible the Oscars were. The gist of the article is that the opening song “We Saw Your Boobs” is essentially right, because no …

Media SkepticismScience

Graphs of this flu season, for the data-curious

The media coverage of the flu scared me into getting a vaccine. I’ll be honest–I forgot to get one, and I’m an irresponsible young adult who kept putting it off. But right after one of my friends fell alarmingly ill, NPR ran a story about the different strains of colds …

ActivismEventsMedia SkepticismMental HealthPoliticsPop Culture

Blaming the Mentally Ill

There have been many, many blog articles written about the shootings in Connecticut, addressing all sorts of questions. However I’ve been deeply upset by a number of the ideas and thoughts expressed in my facebook feed and to my face about what this tragedy should teach us. “We need to …

Media SkepticismMental HealthPoliticsScienceSkepticism

Criminals, Those Who Are Mentally Ill

So some of you might have noticed that there was a presidential debate a couple of days ago. It’s been kept pretty quiet, so I’d understand if you hadn’t seen it. There are any number of things that happened in the debate about which I have many opinions, but there …

Alternative MedicineCryptozoologyDear SasquatchMedia Skepticism

Dear Sasquatch: Do Energy Drinks Work?

Dear Sasquatch: Sometimes, when I have to stay up late . . . studying, I drink energy drinks, and they seem to keep me awake. I’ve tried a bunch of them. Some work better than others. Even the 5-Hour Energy, which I thought would be bunk, actually works, especially the …

Media SkepticismPop CultureSkepticism

To Tattoo or not to Tattoo

I’ve been thinking a lot about tattoos lately. I’m pondering getting a new one (my current one is pictured), and I know I’d get bad reactions from my parents and other adult-type figures in my life. But I know that I’ll get more. Why do I not care about the …

Alternative MedicineFeminismMedia SkepticismMental Health

Therapy Woo

Last week I started reading a book suggested by my therapist called Eating In the Light of the Moon. She told me that it “might get past your rational side and speak to you from an emotional place”. Well it certainly didn’t speak to me from any rational place, but …