Reviews

‘The Secret’ to a bland romance is: victim blaming, apparently

Katie Holme's Law of Attraction rom-com is a relatively benign affair, but the philosophy behind 'The Secret' has cruel and grim implications

Captured by Aliens? A History and Analysis of American Abduction Claims, by Nigel Watson

'Captured by Aliens?' is an excellent introduction to alleged alien contact, but misses the opportunity to update on previous editions

How to Cook That, with Ann Reardon: cooking tutorials with baked-in skepticism

Ann Reardon's uber-successful cookery YouTube channel smuggles in good, solid skepticism among the Spongebob Squarepants cakes

Netflix’s (Un)Well leaves me (un)impressed

(Un)Well's false balance and fence-sitting is a missed opportunity to demonstrate the real harms of the wellness industry

Behind the Bastards, with Robert Evans: an infectiously enthusiastic dive into the darkness

Behind the Bastards is an irreverent and upbeat dive into often extremely dark subject matter, delivered with infectious enthusiasm.

Blockbuster Science: the real science in science fiction – David Siegel Bernstein

Those who enjoy science fiction may well enjoy its science a lot more after reading Blockbuster Science and, for many of us, enjoying science is a way of enjoying life.

The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction – William H. Brock

This may be a short history, but it offers fascinating insights into the development of a very hard-won field of knowledge.

This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress – John Brockman

For this collection, Brockman was on the hunt for scientific ideas that ought to be retired.

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