Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism

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Greetings skeptics and science advocates! I’m back from some time spent replenishing my Vitamin D levels, and devouring books that you’ll see reviewed soon. Here’s what happened while I was away:

Radio Freethinker

Important note: The RF iTunes/RSS feed isn’t working. To access current episodes, visit the website. This week’s highlights include a UBC Physics professor that has invented a “tricorder” that distinguishes virus DNA from human DNA. (Soon to be an iPhone app?) Do stone tools discovered in Arabia mean archaeologists have to rethink human history? And was 2010 one of the worst years for natural disasters? In the argument clinic, the “straw man” is discussed. And the major topic discussed: Is science imperialism?

Also, don’t miss Episode 99, from last week, featuring an interview with Erica Johnson of CBC Marketplace – see the homeopathy episode Cure or Con here (and available here and here if you’re outside Canada).

RF broadcasts live on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm Pacific time. You can subscribe to the show’s RSS feed here, and follow them on Facebook, too.

Skeptically Speaking

Skeptically Speaking is on CJSR 88.5 FM, based at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Last week, researcher and blogger Ash Donaldson spoke with Desiree about Human Factors Engineering, a multi-disciplinary science that draws on anatomy, physiology, physics, psychology and communications research, as it tries to improve the ways that humans interact with technology, and use technology to interact with each other. And health science journalist Paul Ingraham returned to SS with a primer on the causes and treatment of repetitive strain injuries.

This Friday’s show features researcher and science writer Sheril Kirshenbaum, speaking about her book The Science Of Kissing. And Greg Laden returns for another edition of Everything You Know is Sort Of Wrong to discuss if there really are universal traits that appear across all human cultures.

Also, if you missed it, two weeks ago, Dr. Gary Stadtmauer returned for an extended discussion on the science behind the causes, symptoms and treatment of allergies. And Skeptic North contributor Michael Kruse spoke with Desiree to to talk about 10:23, a campaign to raise awareness about the scientific perspective on homeopathy. (More below.)

Skeptically Speaking broadcasts live on Fridays at 6:00 pm Mountain Time. The show is available as a podcast, and you can access the show’s RSS feed or subscribe via iTunes.

The Reality Check

Wrapping up the week, Ottawa Skeptics’ The Reality Check is online. This week, Darren calculates the odds of couple having four boys. Adam talks about the recent announcement that a woolly mammoth is about to be cloned. Jon explores the myth that “beautiful people are dumb” – or is it that they’re smart? Subscribe to The Reality Check on iTunes or via RSS.

10:23 Overdose!

Don’t forget the homeopathic overdose, happening worldwide, and in cities across Canada, this weekend.

One Response to “Canada Speaks: This Week in Skepticism”

  1. Ethan Clow says:

    The problem with the Radio Freethinker podcast has been fixed! It will now update in Itunes or any other feed readers. Sorry for the delay.

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