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Genetically modified salmon: food or “frankenfish”?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is close to approving genetically modified (GM) salmon as a food with no significant environmental impact. These fish, popularly dubbed as “frankenfish” in several news reports, produce higher levels of growth hormone. This makes them easier to farm, because they grow much faster than …

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In Defense of Religious Studies: A Response to PZ Myers

Over at Pharyngula, PZ Myers recently wrote an article in which he suggested that we remove all religious studies classes from education, because it’s “useless, distracting, and narrow”. Now as a religious studies major and someone thinking of going on in a religious studies program, I got a little pissy …

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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 …

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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 …

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Do Republicans Hate Women?

It seems that the more I read up on Mitt Romney and the Republican party, the more I see a worrying disregard for the rights of the women they hope will vote for them. In the interests of honesty, I am not and will likely never be a supporter of …

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Pssh, Women Aren’t People!

The interwebz exploded recently over comments made by Rep. Todd Akin about his opinions on abortion exceptions for rape. One of the offensive remarks he made was: “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

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TS Interviews—Dead Freethinkers’ Edition: Ernestine Rose

This post is part of the Teen Skepchick Interviews series, where TS writers talk with amazing scientists, skeptics, and freethinkers about life, the universe, and everything. Ernestine Rose (1810–1892) was one of the most powerful voices for women’s rights in the nineteenth century. She was a freethinking feminist atheist from …

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Can We Reclaim The Movement?

If you’re a regular reader on the Skepchick network, you’ve likely heard about the kerfluffle over on FreethoughtBlogs involving Thunderf00t. If not, here’s a basic rundown from Greta Christina. Thunderf00t has sparked a lot of controversy with his actions, but what I found perhaps the most interesting response to his …

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