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Suspension of Disbelief: Thinking, Fast and Slow

The most prominent skeptical books of the last few decades (Carl Sagan’s The Demon-Haunted World, Michael Shermer’s Why People Believe Weird Things, James Randi’s Flim-Flam!, among others) collectively established some favorite topics among modern-day skeptics.  You’d be hard-pressed to find a skeptical writer who doesn’t give at least a passing …

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CIA Finally Admits Existence of Area 51 — Let’s Talk Ad Hoc

Well, the United States’ most notorious non-secret secret has finally become just a boring non-secret non-secret.  The CIA (Central Intelligence Agency, for those who don’t live in the States) has released a report acknowledging the existence of Area 51, which for decades has been a favorite topic of conspiracy theorists …


KickStarter Quietly Adopts an Anti-GMO Position

If you’re a regular contributor to popular crowd funding website KickStarter, then you can now sleep a little bit more less soundly.  In wake of a recent petition requesting that bioengineered organisms be restricted from the site, KickStarter owners have updated their terms of service to include the following parameter: …

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Undying (and Unrequited) Love for Santa Claus

My dad has more love for Santa Claus than he does for me. Let me explain: my parents are both fundamentalist Christians.  Before I get ahead of myself, I should clarify what the term “fundamentalist” means for those who may not be that familiar with religion.  Of course, you probably …