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The IUD Option: Stigma, Falsehoods, and Shaming

This confession may come as a shock to some: I have never been in love with menstruation. The dread of a surprise attack, cramps, the discomfort of cotton wads crammed where no wads of cotton should be. While still respecting those who savor their bloody womanhood, I grew up wishing …

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AI: Awe, and Science

One of the common misconceptions that religious and spiritual people sometimes have about atheists like me is the belief that we do not experience awe. I once had a dear friend ask me “How can you not believe in anything bigger than yourself?” I laughed when he said it, and …

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The Dose Makes the Poison

Most of you reading this blog are probably against anti-science, anti-intellectual bullshit from the right wing/Republicans; they don’t) (generally) believe in evolution, or the big bang, or stem cell research. There is, however, a complementary strain of bullshit-enthusiasm coming from the left, and we need to be just as skeptical. …

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AI: Unwanted Education

This semester, I’m taking what is probably the worst course I have to take in order to become a biologist: parasitology. First class consisted of an hour and a half of Ascaris lumbricoides, look it up (or, you know, don’t). First month will consist solely of helminthes, which are worm-like …

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Darwin Gets His Own Day

*cross-posted from Teen Skepchick* Since most of our readers are science nerds (or at least know something about science and evolution), I’m sure it’s not news to you that tomorrow is International Darwin Day! If you’re not familiar with the celebration, I guess I’ll take the several minutes to explain what’s going …


Why Gender Differences Don’t Matter (and Other Myths)

A few days ago, Harriet Hall wrote a post on Science-Based Medicine titled “Gender Differences and Why They Don’t Matter So Much.” The article left a bad taste in my mouth for a number of reasons. Aside from what I feel is a gross misrepresentation of various criticisms of Michael …


Where’s the Skepticism?

A few days ago, I posted an article about a “study” in which researchers have claimed to have found a causal link between in utero hormone levels and homosexuality. I originally posted about it on Queereka, but once I saw it circulating around the skeptical blogosphere some more, I cross-posted …

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That’s not what that means: Relative risk factors

I spend about 18-23 hours a day on facebook, correcting all of the wrong things my friends say.  It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. Yesterday, I noticed this show up in my feed: The accompanying text read:  One can of diet soda each day can increase …