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Jenny McCarthy infects Chicago

October 22, 2012 | By

Splash, a style magazine in Chicago, is reporting that they’ve hired Jenny McCarthy to be their new daily blogger. Yes, you read that right. But it gets better. And by better, I mean worse. Besides a daily blog, she’s being given a weekly advice column called "Ask Jenny", where, among other things, she will "tackle […]

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Big Picture Science: Doomsday live show

October 11, 2012 | By

My friends at SETI’s Big Picture Science podcast – what used to be called the Are We Alone radio show – want to put together a live show for the October 27 Bay Area Science Festival, a huge public gathering of folks where they can learn about science. They plan on holding a lively panel […]

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Vaccines: opinions are not facts

October 9, 2012 | By

There’s an old phrase among critical thinkers: you’re entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts*. The idea is that these are two different things: opinions are matters of taste or subjective conclusions, while facts stand outside that, independent of what you think or how you may be biased. You can have an […]

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Debunking vaccine myths

September 10, 2012 | By

My friend Dr. Rachael Dunlop is a tireless promoter of science and fighter of antivaccination propaganda. I somehow missed this when she wrote it last November, but she put together a fantastic article tearing apart a whole passel of antivax lies: "9 vaccination myths busted. With Science". It’s basically one-stop shopping for the truth about […]

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You Are the Future of Skepticism

September 4, 2012 | By

My friend Tim Farley is a tireless promoter and advocate of critical thinking. He writes the What’s The Harm? website, categorizing the appalling harm done by antiscience. He created a This Day in Skeptic History app. His most important work is probably the development of Skeptical Software Tools that make it easier and more efficient […]

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Washington pertussis outbreak is very, very bad

July 24, 2012 | By

This is one of the scariest graphs I’ve seen in a long time. This plot, from the CDC, shows probable and confirmed cases of pertussis – whooping cough – in the state of Washington from 2011 through June 2012. Last year’s numbers are the short, light-blue-grey rectangles, and this year’s are the dark blue. The […]

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Not vaccinated? No kisses!

June 12, 2012 | By

I love this. Just love it. Short, simple, and to the point. This was a billboard designed by Every Child By Two, a vaccination advocacy group I like a lot and strongly support (in fact, if you buy a Zen Pencils print of my Science Fare speech half the profits go to ECBT). While people […]

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Victoria, Australia government wants to stop free pertussis vaccines

May 29, 2012 | By

[Note: Although I think it's clear in the text below, I changed the title of this post to reflect the fact that it's the Victorian government doing this, not the Federal Australian government.] In Australia, pertussis — whooping cough — is at epidemic levels. There were over 38,000 cases last year, and it’s killed eight […]

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Big Picture Science: Antivaxxers (and updates)

May 15, 2012 | By

I do a roughly monthly segment with astronomer Seth Shostak on Big Picture Science, a radio show/podcast done by The SETI Institute. This month, Seth and I talked about the American Airlines dustup when they were planning to run an interview with reality-impaired antivaxxer Meryl Dorey. This story is a great victory for reality, and […]

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A banner day for me on reddit

May 10, 2012 | By

Well, wow. This is an honor: reddit.com put up a quote of mine on their science section: Right there in the middle is a quotation from me: "Teach a man to reason, and he’ll think for a lifetime." That was from my speech The Goals of Skepticism (commonly referred to as my Don’t Be A […]

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