The Great Political Correctness Panic, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Thought Police

by Brian Siano

A shorter version of this article appeared in Skeptic magazine, Vol 4, No. 3., 1996


Charles McCay did not make an idle choice, in titling his classic study, by explicitly mentioning “popular delusions” and “the madness of crowds.” Panics and hysterias are always associated with screaming, … Continue reading

“The Screening Room of Dr. Caligari”

This review of Hollywood vs. America by Michael Medved (Harper/Collins 1992) appeared in two magazines. The beginning sections discussing Medved’s treatment of movies appeared in Z Magazine (date forgotten).  The later section, “The Statistics of Baron Munchausen,” was published in The Humanist, January-February 1993 under the title “Michael Medved Drowns by Numbers.” 

Unity, Diversity and Evolution: A Review of Consilience: A Unity of Knowledge, by E.O. Wilson (Skeptic, Vol. 6 No. 1., 1998.)

A book review by Brian Siano

In Consilience E.O. Wilson, one of our most accomplished scientists, calls for the unification of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. He draws from a variety of disciplines, including population genetics, economics, aesthetics, cognitive science, developmental biology, history and politics. At … Continue reading