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  • The Problem with the Frozen Poop Knife Study

    When, some weeks ago, I was first contacted by an online scientific publication asking me to review a submission on the subject of “shit knives”, I initially thought it was a hoax or some kind of practical joke. I had in mind the deliberately nonsensical papers written by Peter Boghossian, Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay […]
  • Hodgkins_HERO

    Why Symbols Aren’t Forever

    The removal of cultural emblems is not the erasure of history but part of it.
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    Why Did Witch Hunts Go Viral?

    If it is in fact accurate to think of witch trial beliefs as viruses, maybe it would be helpful to study their spread the way scientists study the spread of viruses: using an epidemiological model.“The Witch, No. 1” (1892) by Joseph E. Baker / Wikicommons It’s hard to make sense of witch hunts. Many people […]
  • Paulson_HERO

    The Ancient Rites That Gave Birth to Religion

    Sacred beliefs likely arose out of prehistoric bonding and rituals.
  • Gallagher_HERO

    The Worth of an Angry God

    How supernatural beliefs allowed societies to bond and spread.