Doing science on skeptics

On Tuesday night, Caleb Lack did a presentation to the UCO Skeptics and the Oklahoma Atheists about a study done to determine whether people who are skeptical of the paranormal tend towards certain measurable personality traits. The results were often strongly significant and occasionally surprising.


Blueball Skeptics premier podcast posted!

Chas and Damion had a lovely time chatting with Professor Caleb Lack about skepticism, science, and his new book, which you can read more about over at Skeptic Ink.

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You Are Triggering me! The Neo-Liberal Rhetoric of Harm, Danger and Trauma

Excellent middling-to-long form piece on the insurgent rhetoric of emotional trauma.

Bully Bloggers

by Jack Halberstam

I was watching Monty Python’s The Life of Brian from 1979 recently, a hilarious rewriting of the life and death of Christ, and I realized how outrageous most of the jokes from the film would seem today. In fact, the film, with its religious satire and scenes of Christ and the thieves singing on the cross, would never make it into cinemas now. The Life of Brian was certainly received as controversial in its own day but when censors tried to repress the film in several different countries, The Monty Python crew used their florid sense of humor to their advantage. So, when the film was banned in a few places, they gave it a tagline of: “So funny it was banned in Norway!”


Humor, in fact, in general, depends upon the unexpected (“No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!”); repetition to the point of hilarity “you can…

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