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Introducing Skeptability!

Skepchick has a new sister site! Our newest addition, Skeptability, is devoted to the discussion of disability-related issues in science, skepticism and beyond. Sarah and her team will be kicking the site off with a variety of fantastic articles over the next few days and they would love to read …

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Critical ThinkingScience

Part 2: Creationism is science (and so history)

Creationism can be a scientific pursuit.  Although I don’t know them, I bet the researchers at Answers in Genesis are pretty darn smart about evolutionary biology.  Similarly, those who once had the universe circling the earth did brilliant mathematics to make the system plausible.  Jean Bastiste Lamarck (of evolution by …

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Pop quiz: What to be when you grow up?

[Ed. note: the title of this piece has been changed since initial publication]   I teach biology in college and I advise our students in the major to prepare them for careers and post-graduate education.  I always start with “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  This …

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Creationism, Part 1: It’s a fight over science, not facts.

Last year I became a movie star.  Well in truth, I became an extra in a biblical docudrama exposing evolution and proving the existence of God.  Yes, I was one of the Feckless Four: Professors unable to answer the simple question of, “Give me one piece of evidence for evolution”, …

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EducationPrimary EducationScienceSecondary Education

Streams of Consciousness: Science Olympiad

This past weekend I had the pleasure of being an event supervisor at one of the regional sections of the Science Olympiad here in the Midwest for the second year in a row. If you are not familiar with this competition it is for K-12 (this one was just middle …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 7 January 2014

Good morning, everyone! Here are your Tuesday readings: -The Sunday Assembly – the “atheist church” – undergoes a split. -How do we get people to listen to the message of science? -Another poll released by the NCSE shows that six in ten Americans accept evolution. Have some links you’d like …

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Required Readings, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve, skeptics and educators! Here are some readings to get you started today: -A Chicago-area library rejects a donation from “Friendly Atheist” Hemant Mehta, saying he represents a “hate group.” –A NPR poll says that a quarter of American parents feel as though their child’s school doesn’t …

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Required Readings, 17 December 2013

Hello, all! Here are your Tuesday readings: -One person’s take on the online atheist community – and why he’s “quitting” it. –What a geologist can teach us about better science education. -How prestige factors into choosing a graduate program. Have some links you’d like to share? Submit them on our …

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Required Readings, 26 November 2013

Good morning, everyone! I’m back from my brief storm-induced hiatus, and I bring some articles for you to peruse on this Tuesday morning.   -A new book posits that the U.S. educational system should view Japan’s as a cautionary tale (via Dan). -This article advocates for doing away with the …

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Pop Quiz: GIRLS!

If you haven’t already seen this adorable ad where three little girls make a Rube-Goldberg machine out of their girly toys, you should take a moment to check it out. It was released by GoldiBlox, a company selling toys aimed at getting young girls to construct and build with the …

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