Skepticism

Here Be Invisible Dragons

Here Be Invisible Dragons

One recent evening I was browsing my Twitter timeline and I saw a wonderful and glorious thing. Friend of The Lab, Jocelyn Oudesluys (AKA: Quarksparrow), had made a children’s book adaptation of Carl Sagan’s Invisible Dragon story from his book, The Demon Haunted World. I proceeded to share it with my fellow Lab contributors at which point we all flipped out. You can read Jocelyn’... »

How I Lost My Religion Without the Help of Michael Stipe

How I Lost My Religion Without the Help of Michael Stipe

Losing my faith was not only deeply personal but also a complicated untangling of odds and ends beliefs that I’d managed to acquire during my formative years on the buckle of the Bible belt. So, I figured what better way to introduce myself than to consolidate all of those years of slowly peeling off the god bandaid that resulted in oh so much emotional and intellectual turmoil into a list o... »

Art That Will Trick Your Eyes

Art That Will Trick Your Eyes

You know that old saying, “you can’t believe everything you see?” It’s very true. Sometimes we can use art to teach us a lesson about magic, being skeptical and why you shouldn’t believe everything you see. Our eyes are selfish and needy and want to see all the primary colors at all times. The primary colors are red, blue and yellow and are used by our palettes and ou... »

Critical Thinking and Science in the New Year

Critical Thinking and Science in the New Year

David Brooks posted his favorite essays of the year, and I wanted to draw attention to the first two, which I think will be of particular interest to Labbers. »

Make Sedona a Reality!

Make Sedona a Reality!

Once called “Arizona’s Little Hollywood,” Sedona, AZ is now home to New Age practitioners, UFO abductees, telekinetic spoon-benders, and six “energy vortexes.” Since few of us will ever make a trek out to explore the cultural oddities of Sedona, Carrie Poppy, Brian Thompson, and Adam Isaak want to bring Sedona to you – in a fun new documentary! https://d2pq0u4un... »

Happy Halloween 2013, Mad Art Lab!

Happy Halloween 2013, Mad Art Lab!

I thought I’d bring a little bit of Halloween to the lab today. Our family loves Halloween; for us, it’s something we all participate in and enjoy. I will reveal our costumes from this year in a future post. Today, I wanted to share the pumpkins our family carved into Jack-O-Lanterns. For a nice bit of history, visit the “Why Do We Carve Pumpkins on Halloween?” page over in... »

Giraffe: A Pain in the Neck for Science?

Giraffe: A Pain in the Neck for Science?

Did you know that the giraffe’s neck is proof of a god of some sort? Neither did I until a few years ago when I was becoming an atheist. I was surprised by how many times I saw information like the following from Project Creation: “…when a giraffe lowers its head to get a drink of water it would, without its specially designed features, literally blow out its brain because of the... »

Salt Therapy: Take It with a Grain of Salt

Salt Therapy: Take It with a Grain of Salt

Recently, I’ve been hearing more and more about salt therapies, or halotherapy, and its supposed benefits. According to the .pdf I just linked to in my opening sentence, “Salt Therapy is the best known method to detox lungs and remove toxins naturally. It is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment, that alleviates any symptoms of various upper and lower respiratory ailments by drying up an... »

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