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By tigtog on November 4, 2012
A fascinating long post from Clay Shirky on the information age’s transformation of the media landscape, via @Colvinius who referenced it as part of his 2012 Andrew Olle Media Lecture.
By tigtog on August 9, 2012
… under such duress, people confessed at length and in great detail to the fantastic and impossible, often also indicting others, in a spreading, spiraling cascade of fantasies. Remember also that terror regimes the world over use it delightedly to terrify and suppress dissidents within their populations. [...] And they can do this only in an environment in which there are people naive enough to believe the absurd perjuries concocted under such conditions.
Don’t be one of those people.
By tigtog on July 26, 2012
A page on this blog is now titled “Critical Thinking” instead of its previous title “Skepticism”, because that name has become tarnished by the long-lasting and widespread ‘Skepchicks should STFU’ campaign being waged by so-called “skeptics” and “rationalists” who reject the utility of applying critical thinking to social structures, at least if that critical thinking is being done by feminists.
By tigtog on July 5, 2012
It would be nice to think that there weren’t still ignorant twerps repeating the idea that the lawsuit was unfounded/frivolous/a grave miscarriage against a poor defenceless megacorporation/harrumph/wharrgarbl, but sadly there still are.
By tigtog on July 3, 2012
In a truly rational world, it might be possible to substantively and productively explore the pros and cons of competing positions in good faith and reach a nuanced understanding and a mutually satisfying path forward. Unfortunately the “don’t give disproportionate emphasis to sexism” side has basically been hijacked by a bunch of bad faith contrarians…
By tigtog on June 3, 2012
Rebecca Watson won’t be going to TAM this year, and I think she’s absolutely right to take this stand after DJ Grothe’s statements.
By tigtog on May 28, 2012
“let’s pretend social interactions happen without social context”
By tigtog on May 24, 2012
Last week a casual anecdote in a conference speech by Jen McCreight started a whole lot of balls rolling.
By tigtog on January 24, 2012
OMSFSM totally NSFW. Link in clear text because I don’t want anybody to say that they weren’t warned.
By tigtog on December 20, 2011
for someone who prided himself on his wide-ranging interests, he had virtually no interest in women’s writing or women’s lives or perspectives
By tigtog on November 29, 2011
When skeptics start questioning the scientific basis for the Burzynski Clinic’s highly expensive “antineoplaston” cancer therapy, that’s the time that you are supposed to offer proof of therapeutic benefit. Issuing threats instead tends to make it look like the Burzynski Clinic just doesn’t have any proofs to offer.
By Mindy on November 14, 2011
Do fat dads lead to fat kids?
By tigtog on October 3, 2011
On the subject of gendered insults (in this case, the use of specific terms to signal acceptable behavior):
Posted in ethics & philosophy, gender & feminism, health, language, skepticism | Tagged false pattern recognition, gendered slurs, gendered stereotypes, language shaping attitudes, language shaping perception, sexuality and health, social change