Journals and Magazines

The Cost of Loving: falling birthrates, and the increased role of personal choice in procreation,Deborah Hyde,The Skeptic

A recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) publication formalises and quantifies what are, to most of us, a couple of readily observable facts. The first is that women are now having fewer children. In England and Wales, those born in 1975 had on average 1.92 children, while their mothers’ generation (assumed to be born in …

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Another mass shooting in America cites the Great Replacement conspiracy theory as motivation,Dave Hahn,The Skeptic

Several weeks ago, an individual parked his car at a grocery store that served a predominantly African American neighbourhood and began shooting. Using a civilian version of an infantryman’s weapon he targeted his victims based on race going so far as to refrain from killing one individual because he was white. The massacre occurred 2.8 …

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Could Loch Ness Monster sightings really be attributed to an aroused whale penis?,Hayley Stevens,The Skeptic

Critical thinking requires us to hold an individual responsibility for evaluating information for its scientific rigor. Accepting something as fact just because someone in a position of authority says it is true is considered a logical fallacy, but it isn’t wise to always disregard the word of those with a demonstrated depth of knowledge in …

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Nikola Tesla and the cult of the mysterious genius,Mark Horne,The Skeptic

Polymath inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) is celebrated every 10th July with World Tesla Day. He’s rightly held in high regard for his numerous inventions, most notably his key role in the development of alternating current, the system that powers electricity grids around the world to this day. The Serbian-American engineer was also a pioneer in many …

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The Comics Section: Protecting Institutions,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

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The Mail Online declared arsenic a “miracle cure for cancer” – I’ll wait to see some evidence,Alice Howarth,The Skeptic

A few years ago, The Daily Mail boldly asked “Could arsenic be a miracle cure for cancer? Scientists say it had astonishing results when added to a leukemia drug”. It’s worth pointing out that even in the subheading bullet points the Mail Online immediately downplayed their excitement a little, de-escalating from arsenic being a potential “miracle …

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Register Now for Unity. Community. Opportunity.,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

There’s just a little more than one week left until the 81st Annual Conference of the American Humanist Association (AHA). The Conference—with a theme of Unity. Community. Opportunity—will be entirely virtual again this year, so you can join us from your very own home, or even set up a watch party with your friends, family, …

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Science can be a candle in the dark, as long as you’re not actively trying to avoid the light,David Weinberg,The Skeptic

There is a long tradition of using darkness and light as metaphors for states of ignorance and knowledge. Carl Sagan famously subtitled his treatise on science “The Demon Haunted World… Science as a candle in the dark”. It is a skeptic’s cliché that ghost hunters do their best work in the dark. They assemble high …

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CHURCH & STATE | Reversing the Roe Reversal: Be Prepared for a Long Battle for Reproductive Freedom,Peter Bjork,TheHumanist.com

As I was writing these words, the Supreme Court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that established a right to abortion. By the time you read this, it may have already happened. It’s estimated that at least half of the states will put significant restrictions on abortion or attempt to …

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