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Remembering The Holocaust, And Its Deniers

In the Jewish calendar, the 27th day of Nisan (which is typically sometime between April 6 and April 30 on the Gregorian calendar) marks Yom HaZikaron laShoah velaGvura, Remembrance Day for the Holocaust and Heroism. This day commemorates the approximately 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. In Israel, it is a national memorial day.

As a boy [...]

On This Date In History

Today is Monday, October 27, 2008.

On this date in history…

1838 – Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues The Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.

We at The Skeptics Guide have been critical of Mormons when they have acted badly by either attacking science or indoctrinating people into [...]

Hero Versus Hero

The cover of this past week’s Newsweek magazine reads: Lincoln vs. Darwin – Who Matters More? By choosing this as their cover article, they could not have captivated a more intrigued audience than myself. These are two all-time historical figures for which I have tremendous respect and admiration. Charles Darwin, author of ‘The Origin of [...]

Lies to Children

It’s been a while since my last Terry Pratchett reference, so I feel the need to get back on track.  In the “Science of Discworld” books, Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohen, and Ian Stewart put a forward a concept they call “lies to children.”  Basically, these are simplified stories we tell – and not just to [...]