Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

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It’s time for a weekly update of Canadian skeptical podcasts: And this week, bonus content!

Radio Freethinker

Just uploaded (show notes are here), Radio Freethinker starts off with a discussion of the very cool Google Car, which has driven without human intervention for 140,000 miles. There’s coverage of the recent Ontario court ruling striking down three provisions related to prostitution: communicating for the purposes of prostitution, pimping, and operating a common bawdy house. What are the consequences of the ruling? Listen in to find out, and check out the two followup posts on the RF blog.
The show also features an extended interview with “The Skepdoc”, Science-Based Medicine editor Dr. Harriet Hall, who touches on a wide range of issues related to medicine, health, and pseudoscience.

The Conspiracy Skeptic

Each episode of the Conspiracy Skeptic is a deep dive into a particular conspiracy theory. Karl Mamer has a new episode up, it’s alll about Jack The Ripper.

The Reality Check

In this week’s TRC, Darren discusses the psychological concept of framing. Adam looks at peanut allergies – their prevalence and the consequences. Jon debunks the myth that McDonald’s food doesn’t decompose due to nefarious reasons.

Skeptically Speaking

Last Friday’s show opens with “Everything You Know is Sort Of Wrong,” where Greg Laden discusses if modern hobbies are an evolutionary consequence of prehistoric gender roles.  The main interview is with academic psychologist Dr. Cordelia Fine on her new book Delusions Of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference. Dr Fine challenges the assumption that gender roles are wired into our brains, and explains how ubiquitous cultural stereotypes are mistaken for actual fact.

This Friday, Desiree will speak with Dr. David Gorski, surgical oncologist and Managing Editor of Science-Based Medicine, about the science and the suspicion of vaccinations. It’s a nice lead into Vaccine Awareness Week, which skeptics worldwide have co-opted from antivaccine advocates. Listen live at 6pm Mountain time.

Bonus Content

Most of the presentations from the 2010 Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium are now online. Hosted by “Dr. Joe” Schwarcz, there were some fantastic speakers at the event. Here’s the main page with the videos (the 2010 Trottier Symposium occurred on October 17, 18, and 19). You can also directly access the roundtable (moderated by Dr. Schwarcz), the Public Syposium ( featuring Drs. Ben Goldacre, Michael Shermer, and David Gorski) and finally, Investigating Pseudoscientific & Paranormal Claims with James Randi.

Skeptics Live!

Skepticamps take place across Canada this Saturday, October 23. They’re free, and a great opportunity to hear from and meet like-minded skeptics. Start driving now to Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto or Ottawa. We’ll save you a seat.

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