Skepticism

Heidi the Cross Eyed Opsosum

Many of you may have heard of Paul the Psychic Octopus. Paul became famous in Germany last year for being able to predict the out comes of World Cup soccer matches. After eight correct predictions in a row Paul retired. What followed was a massive international marketing phenomenon.  There was Paul the octopus …

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Skepticism

Pseudo-Science at the State Fair

Muscles aching with exhaustion, belly full of things that were once on a stick and toting various animal skins I staggered into my house early this afternoon. I spent the day at the Iowa State Fair. Going to the State Fair has been an annual tradition of my family for …

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PoliticsSkepticism

The Real Solution to Teen Drinking

At my school students are required to take a trimester long health class once in their high school career. While I was taking this course last year I had the opportunity to earn extra credit by viewing a short film after school presented by the Teens Against Alcohol and Drugs …

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Spontaneous Philosophical Tea Party™

What is evil? Christians might say the devil. Others would point to Hitler. But really what is evil? How are we expected to recognize it if we don’t even know what it is? The word evil is frivolously thrown around almost as much as love. So much so that its …

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Skepticism

The Truth about Feminism

Teen Skepchick is, primarily, a skeptical site. But we are affiliated with the feminism movement because our goal is to help women enter skeptical activism, which is primarily male dominated. I cannot vouch for the rest of the bloggers here but I, myself, am a self proclaimed feminist. When I …

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Skepticism

The Pseudo-Science of Personality Tests

Personality Tests are very popular as of late. They’re in magazines and on the internet in every shape and form. They claim to be able to find your true love, your ideal career and uncover the true you. Most of the ones on the internet are 40-100 questions long. Personality …

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Keeping My Skepticism without Losing My Friends

One of the hardest problems I face as a skeptic is this: How do I respond to irrational or pseudo-scientific ideas expressed by friends? A delicate balance has to be maintained between being a total jerk and not sticking up for skepticism. The key to maintaining this balance is picking …

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Spontaneous Philosophical Tea Party™

Spontaneous Philosophical Tea Party™

Here’s a problem that has bothered me for a long time. I criticize people for being haters. For having all this anger directed at a person, group of people or just the world in general. I self-righteously tell them all they have to do is give up the hate and …

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