ScienceSkepticism

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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Skepticism

God Can’t Lie, And You Can Trust Him On That!

Via PZ, check out this video of Eric Hovind arguing with a much more intelligent elementary school kid. The relevant quote: Eric Hovind: We all deal in the realm of certainty…If I, for example, knew everything there was to know, if I had all knowledge, and you didn’t, AND there …

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Quickies

QUICKIES 11/26/2012

Depressing: a judge in Maine ruled in favor of a school district after school officials prohibited a young transgirl from using the girls’ restroom. I’m incredulous that the judge found that singling out a particular girl and denying her the right to use the same restroom as other girls “…did …

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Religion

Did you…mean to say that?

Dear Pastor I Talked to for Free Pizza, When I tell you that I doubt that your healing prayer will fix the malformation in my neck, and point out that others have tried to pray for healing for that very problem, with no success, you should probably not respond with: …

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BullyingDiscriminationFeminism

Sometimes people surprise me.

Not all conference attendees are harassers.  We get that.  It’s just a few bad apples, right?  But here’s why the few bad apples spoil the whole bunch.  The experience of being harassed or assaulted by one person forces the person to ask hirself: Will anyone be on my side?   …

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Bullying

This Bullying Bullshit is Bad for the Brand

There’s been a lot of talk about sexual harassment from the obvious angles: how it’s bad for those targeted specifically (because barf, who wants to deal with some skeezy dude all up in your space?) and how it’s bad for conference attendance generally (because barf, who wants to go to …

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BullyingSkepchickism

What if everyone did that?

There’s been a lot of discussion in the last few days about sexual harassment at atheist conferences such as TAM, of the issue of unrelenting bullying of those, especially women, who speak out against it, and the vast room for improvement in how conference organizers discourage harassment and handle complaints. Ophelia …

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