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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Ever gotten annoyed or down right pissed off when Harry Potter just doesn’t make sense? For instance, why would Death Eaters put a giant tattoo on their own arms when they’re supposed to be super spies? Or, why didn’t Voldie just mail the entire Order of the Phoenix hand grenades …

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Suspension of Disbelief: Orphan Black

Orphan Black BBC America Starring Tatiana Maslany (as almost everyone) Rating: 4/5 clones Orphan Black is a new series from the BBC that I got hooked on because it plays after Dr Who, and thus I was already on the correct station to start watching it. It’s only about halfway …

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The Internet! How Does It Work?

So I was at SkepTech this last weekend and it was wonderful. Great people, and lots of extremely interesting talks. But one thing that’s kind of getting to me is how we keep asking “well how does the internet change this?” or “is the internet positive or negative?” Inevitably, every …

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Modern Fairy Tales

Fairy tales have been on my mind a lot lately. I’m pretty hooked on Once Upon a Time, my mom can’t stop watching Grimm, I recently read Philip Pullman’s compendium of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and On Being had a wonderful segment about fairy tales. They’re everywhere. They’re making a comeback. …

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Eating Disorders: Fat Phobia

  A while ago, we here at TS started a series about eating disorders, and I do believe it’s time for an update.   Recently I’ve been spending a lot of my time at Science of EDs, a completely fascinating website that provides a lot of information about studies and …

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Evidence and Rape Culture: A Response to Justin Vacula

Justin Vacula. Oh Justin, Justin. Why did you have to write an article that denied rape culture and leave it there for me to read first thing in the morning after only getting 6 hours of sleep? I mean really? Because you know what that means? It means I have …

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Science Sunday: Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain

Why hello there readers, and a happy St. Patty’s Day to you! I hope you all are celebrating with something green and Irish, but we here at Teen Skepchick decided that St. Patty’s day was an appropriate time to talk about a different kind of celebration, one that perhaps will …

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Angry Feminism

Ellie Mae O’Hagan wrote an article recently at the Guardian suggesting that feminism should not lose sight of its anger in an attempt to look and sound pleasing. In response, she’s gotten a lot of people telling her that she’s policing, that she’s lost in an image of feminism as …