Critical Thinking

Stonehenge, Aliens, and Transvestites…It’s a Theory

Let’s start here. In case you are too lazy to watch the linked video, or just don’t care, here is a sample of comedian Eddie Izzard’s commentary on Stonehenge: And they built Stonehenge, one of the biggest henges in the world. No one’s built a henge like that ever since. …

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Some Really Crappy Advice at the Chronicle of Higher Education

Do non-religious college administrators suffer a particularly high amount of workplace discrimination? Should they hide their lack of religious affiliation and also ask the same of their spouses/partners? Writing for the advice section of the Chronicle, “Madalyn Dawkins” (NOT HER REAL NAME) says yes. I respond, “ORLY?” The author’s primary …

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Pop Quiz: Back Door Creationism

It’s always the same. There you are, all ready to put up a very exciting Pop Quiz about literacy levels in school and college students, when BAM! An unexpected creationists-sneaking-in-through-the-backdoor story appears and ends up being faaaaar more interesting.   A story broke over here this afternoon regarding a small …

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Pop Quiz: You Have One Hour To Learn All There Is To Know About Rape

Hi there, Doubters! I’m really sorry that this post is a little late; Friday night traffic is rotten. I’ll make this a quickie so that we’re not delayed too much longer.   Today we had a visitor from a rape counselling service in our school. Each year she visits for …

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Pop Quiz: Where do students get their science?

Science literacy is a tricky term. What do we mean by it? Do we expect the populace at large to know certain basic facts? Do we expect them to understand the process of science? How deeply into scientific knowledge must a layperson get before they are considered scientifically literate? These …

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Newsflash: Art Might Make You Uncomfortable

A few years ago, a textbook I used in freshman composition included a chapter on film studies. The final essay for the unit (and for the course, as it worked out) asked students to choose one of two prompts. I don’t recall the exact questions, but one was about Sydney …

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Et tu, Radiolab?

It’s time for my morning jog and I spend a few minutes looking over my list of podcasts to choose my educational listenings for the next hour or so. Scrolling through my podcasts I find my trusted running companion, Radiolab. A new episode. Thanks, loyal friend. If you are not …

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Pop Quiz: Richard Dawkins Says You Can’t Handle The TRUTH

Aww man, Dawkins. Not again.   By now you’ve probably seen Richard Dawkins’ latest foray into the world of Twitter. He recently informed his many followers that “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.” Unsurprisingly, this …

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Pope Francis speaks at World Youth Day: Gay clergy good. Women bad.

Students and youths from all over the world recently flocked to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for World Youth Day. Initiated in 1986 by Pope John Paul II, this event takes place each Palm Sunday at local levels, and internationally every two to three years.   What is World Youth Day? …

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Pop Quiz: They Took Our Jeeeerrrbbsss

Hello, Scholars of Doubt! My Pop Quiz today relates to my earlier article about Derek Black. This young man recently wrote an open letter in which he laid out his reasons for renouncing the white supremacist views that he had promoted for most of his life. He cited his college …

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