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The Republican Stupid-Party Spiral Dilemma

Reading Time: 4 minutes In an interview late last month, Republican senator Marco Rubio, who’s widely viewed to be laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run, announced that he doesn’t know how old the Earth is: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but […]

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The Catholic Church Welcomes a Holocaust Denier

Reading Time: 3 minutes I knew the Catholics were having trouble finding enough people to be clergy, but I didn’t think things had gotten this bad (HT: Pam’s House Blend): I believe that the historical evidence — the historical evidence — is hugely against six million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of […]

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Popular Delusions XI: Satanic Ritual Abuse

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of the surest marks of a pseudoscience is that it stays forever the same, never altering its claims, even as the world changes around it and revolutions in our knowledge come and go. While science evolves over time, with theories becoming refined to more closely track the truth, popular delusions stay the same through […]

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The 40th Skeptics' Circle

Reading Time: 6 minutes The doors of the Observatory are closed, and an eager crowd has gathered before them, milling about anxiously to await the unveiling of the newest Skeptics’ Circle. Your host, Ebonmuse, steps up to a podium beside the doors and addresses the crowd thusly: “Step right up, folks, to the Daylight Atheism Museum of Superstition and […]

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Loose Marbles III

Reading Time: 14 minutes Shanksville / Flight 93 The last of the four planes hijacked on 9/11 was Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after the passengers apparently attempted to storm the cockpit and regain control of the plane. Here it is somewhat difficult to tell what the filmmakers’ hypothesis is, other than their certainty that Flight 93 […]

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Loose Marbles I: Debunking 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

Reading Time: 12 minutes It seems to be part of human nature that any event of great scale or significance will inevitably engender conspiracy theories. The Kennedy assassination and the moon landing are two recent events that have spawned some of the most durable and complex examples, but there are many more, swirling around nearly every major world event […]