The-Knick-season-2
BiologyFeaturedfeminismFilmMedicineReligionScienceSkepticism

The Knick on Showtime – Your New TV Habit

I hope you had a merry Christmas/Newtonmas/Whatevermas! If you are lucky enough to have some time off now and want a new show to watch for 8+ hours in a row, I am your pusherman.

READ MORE →
immunity-and-vaccines-vs
BiologyMedicineScienceVideo

NOVA Vaccines – Calling the Shots Review

I found out about this special through Tangled Bank, the awesome production house that worked on Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish, also on PBS. You can watch the program here. As skeptics, we know the importance of continuing to beat this dead horse of a subject. It’s one of the …

READ MORE →
16_EP03_Monkey_Jungle
BiologyPaleontologyScienceScience & NatureUncategorizedVideo

Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish

If you haven’t seen any of Neil Shubin’s 3 part series, Your Inner Fish on PBS, start now! It can be streamed here. It’s in the same vein as the new Cosmos, but with a stronger emphasis on biology, anatomy, genetics, and paleontology. In Cosmos, you get NDT’s cool, calm, …

READ MORE →
L0062490 Girl with remains of a branchial fistula on the neck
BiologyIllustrationMedicinePhotographyScience

Wellcome Library Images and Finding My Inner Fish

MAL’s very own Beth brought this sweetass article about the Wellcome image collection to my attention recently. The Wellcome Museum in London made 100,000 high resolution medical and art images available under a Creative Commons license. This includes photos, illustrations, manuscripts, paintings, etchings, sculptures, and artifacts.

READ MORE →
Skeleton of a Two-Headed Cow
DrawingIllustrationPerformance ArtScienceVisual Art

Freakshow and Tell Posters

A year or so ago, MAL’s Beth introduced our local skeptics group to Thom Britton and his show, Freakshow and Tell. That night during his show, he asked me to stand on his head while he was lying on a pile of broken glass. Not the absolute weirdest way I’ve …

READ MORE →
bookimg1big
BiologyEventsMedicineWriting

Book Review: Do You Believe in Magic? by Paul Offit

I read this book a month or so ago, but we’re having a Chicago Skeptics Book Club for it tonight, thus a fire was lit under me to write this. As someone whose favorite skepticism subject is medicine, I’ve read or consumed a number of similar books/blogs/podcasts (Trick or Treatment, …

READ MORE →
FACEOFF Event Poster
DrawingEventsgalleryGeneral ArtIllustrationMedicinePainting

FACE OFF: Skull-A-Day v. Street Anatomy Gallery Show at the IMSS

I attended the opening to this ongoing show on May 31st (Skull Appreciation Day!). It runs at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago until August 25th. As I have mentioned in the past, this is a really cool location in its own right and has at least a …

READ MORE →
PTSA_Cover
atheismLab TracksmusicphysicsQuantum MechanicsReligion

Lab Track: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Higgs Boson Blues

I got sorta giddy when I saw that Nick Cave had written a song about the Higgs Boson, and it’s about the delegitimizing of religion in the face of science to boot. But then it turns out to be more of a lament than anything (Who cares what the future …

READ MORE →