Articles By: Daniel Bastian

REVIEW: What Is Relativity?

REVIEW: What Is Relativity?

Embark on a guided tour of a black hole to learn the genius behind Einstein’s lasting ideas.

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God’s Not Dead is Evangelical Fantasy

God’s Not Dead is Evangelical Fantasy

The sequel to 2014’s evangelical romp doubles down on its themes of persecution, atheist-bashing and tone-deaf proselytizing. Avoid, but only with open eyes.

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Snowstorms Don’t Threaten Climate Science

Snowstorms Don’t Threaten Climate Science

Far from a challenge for climate science to overcome, the cold snaps in recent years across the northeastern U.S. are predictable downstream effects of a warming world.

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When Faith Healers Are Exposed

When Faith Healers Are Exposed

That time James Randi uncovered the deceptions of a famous faith healer.

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Communicating the Science of GMOs

Communicating the Science of GMOs

If you endorse GMOs, get the science straight, urges Massimo Pigliucci.

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Making A Murderer: An Alternate Theory

Making A Murderer: An Alternate Theory

My (very) comprehensive analysis of the Avery-Halbach case based on the evidence included and excluded from Making A Murderer.

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The Single Scientist Fallacy and the Serengeti Strategy

The Single Scientist Fallacy and the Serengeti Strategy

Contrarians who pin their criticism on specific individuals rather than concepts and evidence miss the forest for the trees by presuming that discrediting the former will tear down the latter.

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REVIEW: Physics in Minutes

REVIEW: Physics in Minutes

Perfect for lavatories and coffee tables, Physics in Minutes offers up accessible descriptions of the physical principles which govern the Universe and everything within it.

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‘Sovereign Citizens’ and the Oregon Standoff

‘Sovereign Citizens’ and the Oregon Standoff

A Rachel Maddow segment from last year provides important context for and traces the historical threads that underlie the current standoff in Burns, Oregon.

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Trump Surfaces in Islamist Recruitment Film

Trump Surfaces in Islamist Recruitment Film

Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim hostility is being used for recruitment purposes by Al-Shabab, an Al-Qaeda-aligned Islamist group.

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On School Shootings and School Prayer

On School Shootings and School Prayer

Debunking witless memes is a thankless job, but someone’s got to do it.

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A Tale of Two Interviews: Megan Phelps-Roper and Paul Bloom

A Tale of Two Interviews: Megan Phelps-Roper and Paul Bloom

I highlight two recent podcasts from the Sam Harris catalog: an inspirational chat with an ex-Westboro member, and an unpacking of a psychologist’s controversial take on empathy.

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