Category: Current Affairs

Skepticism’s Blind Spot

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The skeptic movement is broad and it would be wrong to imply that it has rigid doctrines that its followers think about and appeal to constantly, as in some religions. Skepticism is more about *how* we think than it is about *what* we think. This, in theory, puts skeptics (and people who identify with similar movements) in a unique position to be able to »

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Making Healthy, Happy Vegans with Ginny Messina

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I recently saw a tweet about Ginny Messina pop up on the RVGN feed from Meghan O’Day: > @TheVeganRD Animal rights made me vegan. Evidence-based RDs help me be a healthy, happy one. Thanks! Many vegans could say the same. Ginny adopts a rigorous, evidence-based approach and delivers »

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Celebrities, Weight Loss and Penn Jillette’s New Vegan Diet

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*Ginny wrote this article when prominent skeptic Penn Jillette[*]( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penn_Jillette “Penn Jillette is most famous for his work with fellow majician Teller as ‘Penn and Teller’. He is an outspoken spokesman for atheism and skepticism, often appearing at conferences and publishing books on both subjects. Penn and Teller hosted ‘Bullshit!’ - a long running television show that aimed to debunk irrational ideas”) announced his dramatic weight loss[*](http://pennsundayschool.com/episodes/ “The most indepth discussion about Penn’s diet is featured on epidode 179 of his podcast. In shortm he has adopted Joel Furhman’s ‘Eat to Live’ diet which is predominantly plant-based”). Now, as he prepares to release a book about his diet experiences, her points are worth revisiting.* The vegan internet was abuzz over Penn Jillette’s recent weight loss and his current plant-based diet. But when it comes to celebrities, weight »

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Vegan Flu Shots: A Guide

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Flu shots can be a difficult topic in the vegan community. The internet has a lot of misinformation about [vaccines in general](http://rvgn.org/2015/05/09/anti-vax-and-veganism/), and flu shots in particular, which can make the topic controversial in the best of situations. In a vegan context, the conversation is »

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Interview with an Unnatural Vegan

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Swayze Foster presents the popular ‘Unnatural Vegan’ YouTube channel where her goal is to provide ‘a well rounded intellectually honest view of veganism’. I was excited to chat with another vegan who values reason and evidence. I hoped to gain some insight into what she does, and ask her about her perspective on the wider vegan »

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Anti-vax and Veganism

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*Angry Scientist Finds Uneducated Internet Comment and Delivers Badass Response*[*](http://themetapicture.com/angry-scientist-finds-uneducated-internet-comment-and-delivers-badass-response “Here is the tumblr post that inspired my interest, anger and - after some consideration - this article”). With a title like this how could I resist clicking on the link that a friend sent me recently? The aforementioned Internet comment was in fact a Tumblr post that implied that vaccinating children is ‘child endangerment and abuse’ and encouraged the reader to »

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Vegan for a reason

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We were impressed by the [*Baloney isn’t Vegan* leaflets](http://www.meetup.com/vegan-chicago/pages/Baloney_Detection/) that Dave D of Pythagorean Crank produced for Vegan Chicago[*](http://rvgn.org/2014/09/24/baloney-isnt-vegan-bringing-skepticism-to-vegan-events/ “We were so impressed that we published an article on them”). The *Baloney isn’t Vegan leaflets* are a distilled and veganised version of Carl Sagan’s baloney detection kit[*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Demon-Haunted_World#baloney_detection_kit “The Baloney Detection kit is a set of tools presented in Sagan’s magnum opus, The Demon-Haunted World. The tools are summarised on the Wikipedia page “). They explain the scientific method, present some questions that you should contemplate when confronted with a »

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Weekend Reading: Should we abandon the word/identity Vegan?

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Non-vegan chef José Andrés [runs a restaurant](http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/vegetables-are-they-the-new-bacon-jose-andres-and-other-chefs-think-so/2014/10/13/ec2c02fa-4ef6-11e4-babe-e91da079cb8a_story.html) that serves exclusively plant based food.. but he doesn’t call it ‘Vegan’: >We shun the word ‘vegan’ because it comes with a lot of preconceived notions. They think there’s a bunch of stoned hippies back »

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Baloney isn’t vegan: bringing skepticism to vegan events

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You’ve probably seen the [Baloney Isn’t Vegan](http://www.meetup.com/vegan-chicago/pages/Baloney_Detection/) flyer produced by [Vegan Chicago](http://www.meetup.com/vegan-chicago/). Inspired by Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit[*](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Demon-Haunted_World#baloney_detection_kit “The Baloney Detection kit is a set of tools presented in Sagan’s magnum opus, The Demon-Haunted World. The tools are summarised on the Wikipedia page.”)[*](http://www.michaelshermer.com/2009/06/baloney-detection-kit/ “Michael Shermer’s version of The Baloney Detection Kit (on RDF TV), presented by The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science”), developed over a period of months[*](http://www.plantbasedpeople.com/showthread.php?t=17600 “A thread on PlantBasedPeople.com dedicated to developing the flyer, circa 2011”) and professionally designed, the intention of the project is to promote the fundamental skills of critical thinking to a vegan audience. In the words »

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Is the Dalai Lama a vegetarian?

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The Dalai Lama is often mistakenly thought of as the leader of both Buddhism and the Tibetan diaspora but he is neither of these things. The Dalai Lama is a very influential monk in one school of Tibetan Buddhism and has recently resigned from his position as Tibetan head of state, leaving political decisions to a government »

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