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Tough Love

There are times when science just doesn’t want to love you back. This condition has a name: we call it “The Scientific Process.”

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First They Came for the Comics, Now They Come for the Games

Steve Pope is still determined to become the Fredric Wertham of our time.

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Free Will(y)

If there’s no “free will,” are humans “just” input-output machines? Not at all: the secret is complexity.

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George Carlin on Customs

“Just when these American citizens needed their rights the most, their government sucked ’em away. And rights aren’t rights if someone can take them away. They’re privileges, that’s all we’ve ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges.”

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A Letter From Mark Twain: An Update on Quack, Bad Advertising Copy, and Writer’s Wrath

Mark Twain in response to a sales letter-cum-advertisement for a “patent medicine” to cure meningitis, diphtheria, and other ailments.

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Homeopathy and the Central Powers of Quack

For many people, it’s not that they don’t know what homeopathy really is. Rather, they don’t want to know—without being fully aware of it—for powerful reasons.

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George Carlin on Religion

“I say ‘this guy,’ because I firmly believe, looking at these results, that if there is a God, it has to be a man. No woman could ever fuck things up like this.”

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Lewis Black on Creationism: The Devil’s Handiwork

“There are people who believe that dinosaurs and men lived together. There are museums that children go to, in which they built dioramas to show them this.”

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Pig Stories, Dog Stories, Our Stories

Every relationship is a story that does something in the world, and there is a lot that lives on in these stories, and lives on with these stories in our minds.

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Bowen Technique: The Latest in Quack

In order to evaluate the efficacy of Bowenwork, it is recommended not to use magnets for 5–7 days after a session.

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Yet Another Reason Why I Love PZ Myers (And Might Have to Marry Him Once Hussein al-Obama Has Instituted Mandatory Cephalopolygamy)

… in the Islamic Republic of America.

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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Reality Out There!

Science builds models and tests them against what’s out there. And then we all tell stories about how that worked out.