Monthly Archives: January 2013

What is Rakugo?

Rakugo isn’t a word the English-speaking world knows; but if one Canadian can help it, the Western hemisphere will know it soon enough. The 42-year-old “Katsura Sunshine,” as he’s known, is trying to bring English rakugo to stages all around the … Continue reading

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How Many Teenage Daughters Are Meeting Strangers from the Internet Offline?

A new study has just come out which reveals something about the relationship between technology and our social lives. At no time in history have we been so technologically connected to one another. We can get and stay in contact … Continue reading

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Vaccine Psychology – Part 1: Vaccine Price Influences Perceived Risk of Infection

Even the adults who are rational enough to know that vaccines are a good thing (as opposed to the horribly misguided anti-vaccination movement) are still susceptible to the irrationalities of our own psychology. A study published earlier this month from … Continue reading

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Can the Colour of the Cup Change the Flavour of What’s Inside?

Researchers haven’t found that the colour of a cup actually changes the taste of a cup of hot chocolate… but they have found that it influences your gustatory experience of it. That is to say, your brain sees the colour … Continue reading

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Skeptikai Turns Two Years Old!

The blogging on Skeptikai started two years ago, and I’m happy to say things have been going well since then. I’m always learning new things, and the site itself has been growing faster than I had expected. If you’re a … Continue reading

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The Brain is Not Simply Split into Two Totally Separate Halves, and Other Lessons on Skepticism

One year ago, I wrote an article that skewered the infographic that one website had been sending to the public. I showed the evidence that contradicted what was claimed, and I ended up busting two persistent myths in that article. The … Continue reading

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Egyptian Satirists Are in Serious Danger of Angering the Authorities

If you watch any of the English-subtitled videos of Bassem Youssef, you get the distinct feeling that his TV show “AlBernameg” is the Middle Eastern equivalent of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. This is by no means a coincidence, because … Continue reading

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In-Laws Bring A Couple Together… or Tear Them Apart

A new study has shed some light on the influence in-laws can have on a relationship, and what kinds of dynamics are positive and negative. There are many surprising things about this study, but one thing I want to emphasize … Continue reading

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Tortured Confessions – The Science of Waterboarding, Torture, and “Intense Stress”

With the new movie “Zero Dark Thirty” raising a lot of eyebrows with its depiction of waterboarding, there has been a lot of talk regarding the veracity of such techniques. Namely, does torture yield the intended results? Did the results … Continue reading

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