Old Wine, New Bottles – May, 2011

 

One of the things that’s challenging about the blog format we use here at Skeptic North is that it’s temporally-bounded.  Articles get published, blasted out via RSS and social networks, and (hopefully) read — but then get buried in a flurry of newer material.  Skeptic North has now passed the 18 month mark, and in that time we’ve amassed nearly 450 articles on a wide range of subjects.  Rather than let then moulder away in our archives, this new series will attempt to re-introduce you to some of our highlights from years past.  Each month, we’ll hand select five articles from previous years that we think are worth a second look — either because they’re timeless, or are once-again timely.

Five of our skeptical best from from Mays past…

Are there more earthquakes than ever before?

Relevant once again in the wake of recent events in Japan, Kim explains why the perception that earthquakes are on the rise is merely a quirk of our cognitive design.

Why We Make Bad Health Care Decisions

Scott’s excellent talk at the Centre for Inquiry looks at the reasons why people choose alternative treatments over science-based medicine, and what conventional healthcare needs to do to win them back.

Naturopathy and Organic Foods

Mitchell dissects the naturalistic fallacy at the heart of naturopaths’ recommendation of organic foods.

Who’s Killing our Babies?

Beware of mainstream media bearing statistics!  Erik takes the Globe and Mail’s Lisa Priest to task for leaving readers with the perception that our infant mortality rate is in freefall.

Former Canadian Defence Minister Denies Accomplishments of Computer Pioneers

How friendly will the “visitors” be?  Jon covers the spat between Stephen Hawking and former Canadian Defence Minister / Born-Again UFOlogist Paul Hellyer, arguing that Hellyer’s view of the world denigrates the accomplishments of our best & brightest minds.

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  • Erik Davis

    Erik is a technology professional based in Toronto, focused on the intersection of the internet and the traditional media and telecommunications sectors. A reluctant blogger, he was inspired by the great work Skeptic North has done to combat misinformation and shoddy science reporting in the Canadian media, and in the public at large. Erik has a particular interest in critical reasoning, and in understanding why there’s so little of it in the public discourse. You can follow Erik's occasional 140 character musings @erikjdavis