Reality Checks: Shaming Anti-Vaxxers, a Crisis of Authority, Misremembering, and Elementary School Bias

Reality Checks: Shaming Anti-Vaxxers, a Crisis of Authority, Misremembering, and Elementary School Bias

We should fight the anti-vaccination movement with shame. (via io9) Science denial reflects a crisis of authority. (via Salon) Why we remember things wrong. (via The New Yorker) How bias in elementary school discourages girls from staying in math and science. (via New York Times) Featured image credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us he... »

Reality Checks: Net Neutrality Win, Just-World Bias, If No One Vaccinated, and Back to the Sea

Reality Checks: Net Neutrality Win, Just-World Bias, If No One Vaccinated, and Back to the Sea

A win for net neutrality. (via Wired) How the “just-world bias” makes us terrible people. (via The Guardian) What would happen if no one got vaccinated? (via Vice) Creationists are annoyed by a Carnival Cruises ad. (via The Mary Sue) Featured image credit: Mike Licht via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: The Perils of the Unvaccinated, Searching for Planets, a New Harper Lee, and Cats in a Box

Reality Checks: The Perils of the Unvaccinated, Searching for Planets, a New Harper Lee, and Cats in a Box

A letter from Roald Dahl on the importance of vaccination. (via The Mary Sue) Searching for undiscovered planets in our solar system. (via NPR) Maybe we should be a little suspicious of that new Harper Lee book. (via Jezebel) Important question: Why do cats love boxes so much? (via Wired) Featured image credit: evan p. cordes via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Cryptophile: Ents

Cryptophile: Ents

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. Today I’m going to discuss ents, well, talking and walking creatures that look like trees. Although the ents may be the classic example of this creature that comes to mind, there are equivalents in folklore that predate this name, and go by th... »

In Which Neil Gaiman Reminds Me How Nice it is To Not Fear Posthumous Judgment

In Which Neil Gaiman Reminds Me How Nice it is To Not Fear Posthumous Judgment

Merely a quick thought here.  I was reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane, in which, toward the end, Neil Gaiman pens the line “You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear.”  It’s a beautiful line, particularly in standing as it does against popular religions that feature afterlives.  Whether one buys into the one shot deal at passing life or suffering everlasting tor... »

Reality Checks: Anti-Feminists vs. Pop Culture, Trans* Kids, “What Every Girl Should Know,” and Sharing Science

Reality Checks: Anti-Feminists vs. Pop Culture, Trans* Kids, “What Every Girl Should Know,” and Sharing Science

Anti-feminists vs. Pop Culture. (via Raw Story) Trans* kids identify as consistently with their gender as cisgendered kids. (via Think Progress) Learn “what every girl should know” from the founder of Planned Parenthood. (via io9) Should the team that announced the discovery of gravitational waves made their results public before publication? (via The Crux) Featured image credit: Thoth... »

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