‘Birds Are Not Dinosaurs’: A Case Study in Science Denial?
January 31, 2019


Science denial is like obscenity: it’s nasty, and dirty, and you want to keep it from your children, but more than that, it’s kind of hard to define precisely. But you sure know it when you see it. Right? Most people agree that in the face of ice core data, multiple years of record-breaking global …

A Skeptic Among Postmodernists? A Tale of Outreach Through Comics
December 31, 2018


I like to bring skeptical ideas and practices to people who might not ordinarily be exposed to them. That’s usually done through my role as Science Editor for the entertainment website AiPT! Comics, where I bring contributors together to point out examples of good science and skepticism in pop culture, but also to provide ways …

A Review of At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life
November 23, 2018


At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life. By Guy P. Harrison. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books. 2018. ISBN 978-1633884052. 320 pp. Paperback, $19; ebook, $11.99. Sometimes to understand the universe, you need to understand a man. Journalist Guy P. Harrison has been adjacent to the skeptical community for a while now, writing books …

‘A Little Bit Subversive’: Science and Skepticism at the Dutchess County Fair
October 4, 2018


Picture a county fair. What do you see? A petting zoo and a cattle competition? A blacksmith and an old-time tractor display? A Ferris wheel and a funnel cake stand? The Dutchess County Fair in New York State’s Hudson Valley has all those things, but in 2018 it also had a bunch of tattoos and …

Sensational Journalism: Blowing up the New England Supervolcano Story
August 8, 2018


Look out, New Englanders! Did you know there’s a rising, bubbling supervolcano right below the surface of New Hampshire? Better get to living free, before you die! At least that’s the conclusion you might draw from the headline of a June 26 story (Fox News 2018), “A new supervolcano is brewing under Massachusetts, Vermont and …