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Skeptophilia · 17h ago

The hydra of horrible ideas

For today's post, we will focus our attention on a Skeptophilia frequent flyer -- Representative Lamar Smith, who is narrowly edged out by Senator Mitch McConnell as the world's most punchable face.[image courtesy of the Wikimedia Commons]Smith is in...
Skeptophilia · 2d ago

Hell's gate

As a diversion from less cheerful subjects like what is currently happening in Washington,...
Skeptophilia · 3d ago

Drawing the line

One of the things I've liked the most about my seven years writing here at Skeptophilia is...
Skeptophilia · 4d ago

The silencing of dissent

The word education comes from the Latin verb educare, meaning "to draw out of."Too many pe...
Skeptophilia · 5d ago

Humble pie

I think one of the most important attitudes to strive toward is a willingness to re-examin...
Skeptophilia · 6d ago

There goes the sun

New from the "Oh, No, Here We Go Again" department, today we have: people flipping out over the fact that we're going to have a total eclipse this summer.To be sure, it's a pretty cool event...
Skeptophilia · 1w ago

All I need is the air that I breathe

The smog in Beijing, China is legendary.  People wear filter masks to go to the grocery st...
Skeptophilia · 1W ago

The budget from hell

I know many of us are reaching outrage saturation with the horrorshow that is the current ...
Skeptophilia · 1W ago

Delayed justice

Today's post revolves around an ethical question: is it right for a country to seek extrad...
Skeptophilia · 1W ago

Science news briefs

Okay, after some recent posts that fall into the "I don't want to live on this planet any more" category, time to go to my happy place, namely: some cool recent science news.First, we have a...