Politics Skepticism/critical thinking

President Straw Man

Now here’s something you don’t see every day: a news analysis article pointing out a politician’s love of a logical fallacy: WASHINGTON – “Some look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude that the war is lost and not worth another dime or another day,” President Bush said recently. Another time he said, “Some say […]


Is this what we’re fighting for?

American soldiers are still fighting and dying in Afghanistan. It’s not nearly as many as in Iraq, and there aren’t nearly as many news stories about it, to be sure, but we are still spending blood and treasure to “stabilize” this supremely dysfunctional nation. The reason, we are told, is to bring freedom and to […]


Four words: Snakes on a plane

Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated film of the summer is Snakes on a Plane, starring Samuel L. Jackson. Very little is known about the plot of this movie, other than that it will involve–well–snakes on a plane and Samuel L. Jackson. Here’s a trailer:


The body count on 24

Those of us who are fans of 24 have noted that there seems to be a higher body count this year. True, 24 has always had a high body count, but this year seems different. Here’s a convenient summary of the major characters killed thus far, and the season’s only slightly more than half over.


What I did on my long weekend, part I: A surgeon visits Body Worlds

You may have noticed that I haven’t been paying as close attention to the ol’ blog as usual over the last three days, leading to a bit of hyperbole in the comments section of at least one post without my responding until today. Indeed, here’s a secret: Most of the posts that have appeared since […]