Mr. Eccles Presents | Diagnosing the Mona Lisa: Oversciencing the Arts w/Eve Siebert

“Science has much to offer the arts. Scientific testing can help to authenticate a work of art, or it can uncover a forgery. Scientific techniques can help separate original work from overpainting and restoration or reveal changes the artist made during the creative process.”

“However, scientists sometimes offer answers to the wrong questions when they wade into the arts.”

“Eve Siebert has a Ph.D. in English literature from Saint Louis University. Her primary area of study is Old and Middle English literature, with secondary concentrations in Old Norse and Shakespeare. She teaches rhetoric and composition at Stockton University.”

“She has written for Skeptical Inquirer, and the INSIGHT blog at and has contributed to the Skepticality podcast and Virtual Skeptics video webcast.”

“Presented at Balticon 53, Baltimore, Maryland, on May 26, 2019”

“Views expressed in this video are those of the speaker and do no necessarily reflect the views of the National Capital Area Skeptics.”

Ricky’s Quick Picks | #001, August 17, 2019

Welcome to this weekly or fortnightly column, where I provide links and other items on skeptical topics, as well as items from other domains of interest. This weekend, Ricky the Maine Coon offers the following tidbits of coolness. Enjoy!

I’ve been going through the feeds for the Skepticality podcast, currently 30-ish episodes away from finishing a favorite show which seems to have podfaded since January of 2018. So here is, in its entirety, the music which for a good part of twelve years defined one of the first skeptical podcasts to grace the Internet…

…The Skepticality Theme Song:

There is also,…

An interview with Dr. Lynne Kelly on the ABC radio show Conversations: The Memory Whisperer.


Science-Based Medicine Versus Other Ways of Knowing, by Dr. David Gorski

On the so-called Paleo Diet:

How to Really Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer, on Scientific American

Here’s an entry on the Skeptics’ Dictionary on…

The Bias Blind-Spot

And to close out the weekend:

xkcd: Geologic Time