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Why Anthony Farnell’s Climate Change Report is Flawed

Why Anthony Farnell’s Climate Change Report is Flawed

15 October 2013 by Shawn Brooks

With the recent release of the latest report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) there has been a cluster of news articles and television timeslots devoted to climate change in the Canadian media over the past couple of weeks. Anthony Farnell, a meteorologist with Global News wrote a piece about the IPCC’s latest […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Environment, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Reviews, Science, Skepticism9 Comments

The Moon-Surgery Effect

The Moon-Surgery Effect

06 August 2013 by Shawn Brooks

I know a nurse who swears that the ER at her hospital is busier on nights of the full moon. Last week a colleague of mine said to me, “Of course the moon affects our bodies – the moon can move the oceans. And our bodies are mostly water.” This was followed up by someone […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Medical Conditions, Science, Skepticism2 Comments

Ask your insurance agent if global warming is alarming

Ask your insurance agent if global warming is alarming

29 July 2013 by Shawn Brooks

One of the internet research techniques that can be used is to sift through all the information on climate change  is to pay attention to what the stakeholders are doing. Who are the stakeholders? Some of the most important ones are: climate scientists (it’s what they do) oil companies (fossil fuel production and distribution costs could […]

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Climate Misinformation Spread on Canadian Air-Waves by Charles Adler

Climate Misinformation Spread on Canadian Air-Waves by Charles Adler

05 November 2012 by Shawn Brooks

When it comes to getting scientifically reputable information on climate change, it can be a daunting task because of the politicization that has surrounded this issue. No arguments there. However, on October 16th, when Charles Adler heard about an article published in the Daily Mail in the UK with the extraordinary title “Global warming stopped […]

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  • Shawn Brooks

    Shawn has taught physics for many years and has also worked for a software company. He has presented at conferences and has conducted workshops for physics teachers. He is the former treasurer of the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers and has participated in and co-designed research projects pertaining to technology enhanced science education. He cares about science education and critical thinking.