If you are less than Thirty years of age then you must accept that you are generally unable to contribute to a discussion or debate because your young age means you do not have the necessary life experience that would make such a contribution worthwhile.
I don’t know how many of you have…..…Gay friends……(laughter)…Black friends…..(laughter)
…Muslims living in your city….(laughter)
But I have one, and s/he’s [negative stereotype]…(laughter)
I think we are all used to skeptic meetings of some sort. There are the big mega meetings like TAM (The Amazing Meeting). You and 1000 of your close friends in a huge venue. Big name speakers and all the glitz of Vegas are featured. Then there are the local SIP
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I have frequently run into conversations, lately, about a controversial topic that I think people need to reassess. Interestingly, encouraging others to rethink their stance on this seems to make me a bad person. Obviously, I’m a bad person, but this is probably not why I’m a bad person. In the last few weeks, I’ve:
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Actors’ representation of American political discourse.
Marc J. Hetherington and Jonathan Weiler examine major psychological currents that contribute to dysfunction in American politics in their book, Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics.
They gathered a wealth of information from the American National Election Studies data to explain the current polarized disarray of American political discourse. In particular, they
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Today, October 8, 2011, and tomorrow, I am attending Geek Girl Con, in Seattle. I will be live blogging the event all weekend. Myself and two friends kicked of the weekend with a visit to the AFK tavern, but I will write about that later. At this moment, I am sitting in JBL theatre watching
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The Amaz!ng Meeting doesn’t officially start until tomorrow with the opening slate of workshops, but skeptics and critical thinkers have already descended en masse in Vegas.
This afternoon I attended the volunteer luncheon at the hotel buffet. No, I didn’t crash it, I’m volunteering as a ticket taker for several hours tomorrow. There was an air
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This week I’ll be attending The Amaz!ng Meeting 9 (TAM9) in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with many of my SheThought co-writers. TAM9 is the annual conference of The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) that brings together skeptics and critical thinkers for several days of talks, panels and myriad activities. Each year
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I think a common complaint of many skeptics is the difficulty in getting anyone to “change their mind”. It seems that even with careful and clear explanations, many non-critical thinkers insist on clinging to their unfounded, and often irrational, beliefs. I have heard “Why bother even being nice. I just make fun of anyone that believes
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In 2004, Cyndi Sneath joined her neighbor, Tammy Kitzmiller and nine other parents as plantiffs in legal action against their local school board in Dover, Pennsylvania. This group of parents recognized creationism when they saw attempts to inject a non-science, pro-religious viewpoint into the 9th grade biology class. The case pitted the parents
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