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The Skull of Doom

Most people that know me would agree that I like skulls. I actually have over 100 of them in my basement right now.

Most are plastic or rubber but 3 of them are the real deal. Why the hell do I have 100 human skulls? Well…some people collect beer cans or stamps…I collected [...]

Poisoning the Well

Fellow Rogues Gallery denizen, Mike Lacelle, recently wrote me the following e-mail:

Steve,

I have a question. If I’m talking to someone about Jenny McCarthy being the celebrity poster-child for the anti-vaccination movement, and happen to mention that she was once a Playboy Playmate of the Year, would that be an example of “poisoning the [...]

The Logic of Anti-ID Arguments

PrismPaul asks the following question in the “Ask the Panel” section of the forums:

Love input from anyone on this – sorry for length, but I wanted to be clear…

You guys frequently point out that in science, each new answer leads to new questions. For example, vast evidence upholds Darwin’s idea that all known [...]

“Strategies for Dialoguing with Atheists” Or “How Not to Argue”

This essay entitled “Strategies for Dialoguing with Atheists” has been discussed on the forums – appropriately as an example of bad logic and sloppy debating. It is so good, in fact, that I decided to pick it apart for my blog entry this week.

First, I want to say that my point is not to [...]

Logical Fallacies and Cognitive Dissonance

Listener David Sanders writes:

My question is simple: why is it that when I point out people’s logical fallacies, they get extremely pissed off? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I feel that it is irresponsible to arm the skeptical public with the tools to defend itself without warning them ahead of time of the [...]