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The debunked "Bigfoot DNA" claim has just be re-asserted, and the Bigfooters have gone a step further: they proposed a scientific name for an organism that doesn't exist!
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Abominable Science! Prompts Bigfooters to Begin Homework They Should Have Done More Than 50 Years Ago - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
Daniel Loxton congratulates one of his own critics for making some all-too-rare progress on a Sasquatch case. Better late than never!
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Earlier this month the World Congress of Quantum Medicine was held in Hawaii. You may be wondering what quantum medicine is. Here is a quick description from the congress website: Quantum Medicine uses the principles of quantum physics such as non-locality, tangled hierarchy, and discontinuous leap in consciousness to better understand medicine. How will attendees […]
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The Unbelievers, a Film Screening - http://www.skeptic.com/past-le...
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Another victim of the Congressional game of “chicken”: American science - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
The ridiculous government shutdown was bad enough. Lost in all the shouting was the damage it did to American science.
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Skeptics Unite!
Why People Believe Weird Things (Elon U) - http://www.skeptic.com/reading...
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These make for light-hearted posts, but occasionally it’s fun to deconstruct viral videos purporting to show something fantastical on the internet. Most such videos are one of the big three – ghosts, UFOs or Bigfoot (or some other cryptozoological creature). The current video is in the cryptozoological category - a video purporting to show a […]
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An Appetite for Wonder—The Making of a Scientist in Conversation with Michael Shermer - http://www.skeptic.com/past-le...
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Yeti DNA Headlines Make Me Daydream a Glorious Day - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
Daniel Loxton responds in admittedly premature delight to yeti DNA discovery reports.
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A review of Michael E. Mann's inside account of the climate wars
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A Remarkably Weak Nessie Video Case - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
Daniel Loxton discusses a recent Nessie video case in a short piece originally written as a commission for a daily UK paper.
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Something Wicked This Way Comes? - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
If you find yourself in L.A. over the next few weeks and a partial to things haunted, please make it over to Griffith Park for the annual “L.A. Haunted Hayride.” This will be my sixth year of involvement in what has become known as the most terrifying haunted experience in L.A.  It’s also an […]
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The Science of Learning - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
As a perpetual student and frequent teacher, I am very interested in the science and technology of learning itself. In medical school, for example, we have to transfer an incredible amount of information to students over a relatively short period  of time. The trick is to get students to maintain their attention, focus on the […]
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Bellybuttons and Testable science - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
Many creationists try to get around the fact that the world LOOKS like it has a long history by arguing that God created it that way! That argument was actually first put forth in 1857, and completely rejected by both scientists and religious people, for different reasons.
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A Problem with Open Access Journals - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
In a way the internet is a grand bargain, although one that simply emerged without a conscious decision on the part of anyone. It greatly increases communication, lowers the bar for content creation and distribution, and allows open access to vast and deep databases of information. On the other hand, the traditional barriers of quality […]
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Why People Believe Weird Things - http://www.skeptic.com/reading...
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Cryptozoologists: just like creationists - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
So how did cryptozoologists respond to our new book challenging their beliefs? Just like creationists!
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Likelihood and the Paranormal - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
Daniel Loxton considers the diverging ways in which scientists and paranormalists assess likelihoods, and recommends a Scientific American post by Kyle Hill.
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Why Isn’t the Spinning Dancer Dizzy? - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
This is not a reference to the spinning dancer optical illusion, but rather to real dancers. Why don’t ballet dancers get dizzy when they spin around? Partly this is due to technique – a technique called spotting, in which dancer keep their head in one position for as long as possible then rotate it around […]
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The fastest growing group in this country is the "religiously unaffiliated"—and the cause for their increase among young people should be no surprised: the political influence of the hate-filled messages of religious zealots among the evangelicals.
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Body Image and Giving the Finger - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
The most astounding sensory illusions occur by exploiting brain processes you are not aware even exist, or need to exist. Definitely in the running for the best such illusion  are body ownership experiments. Your brain uses sensory information to decide which parts of your body you own, control, and where they are in three-dimensional space. […]
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Jenny McCarthy, Hypocrite - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
Jenny McCarthy is famous for being the leader of the anti-vaxx movement, claiming that vaccines are "poison" or "toxins" and advocating healthier living without them. Guess what? If she's paid to shill for a deadly substance, she will do it!
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Breaking Down a Criticism of Abominable Science - http://www.skepticblog.org/2013...
Daniel Loxton digs down into a critique of Abominable Science offered by a Loch Ness monster proponent.
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