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I Got Rhythm…or not….wait, yes I do! Beat Deafness, or a Poor Understanding of Music?

14 January 2013 by Steve Thoms

This is a science and music story that I’ve wanted to do for a while, and although it’s over a year out of the news cycle, it’s still reflective of a widespread musical myth that I bet many readers are familiar with: Beat Deafness. Beat deafness is a form of amusia characterized by an inability […]

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Ten Books for Skeptics

Ten Books for Skeptics

12 December 2012 by Scott Gavura

There are probably as many paths to becoming a scientific skeptic as there are skeptics. Admittedly my framework for skepticism was in the background for decades, but it’s only been over the past several years that I’ve started to really understand skepticism as a way of thinking. It was driven by my work as a […]

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Posted in Cognition, Critical Thinking, Logic and Fallacies, Probability and Statistics, Reviews, Skepticism, Social Sciences16 Comments

A skeptic’s take on Muslim prayers in a Toronto public school

A skeptic’s take on Muslim prayers in a Toronto public school

13 July 2011 by Erik Davis

Much Sturm und Drang last week over the revelation that Valley Park Middle School is allowing an imam to hold Friday prayer services in the school cafeteria. It’s one of those interesting stories that makes for strange bedfellows, with the Centre for Inquiry and Canadian Secular Alliance standing alongside the Canadian Hindu Advocacy, the Muslim […]

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Posted in Canada, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Evolution, Media, Ontario, Skepticism28 Comments

Lessons from the Toulambis, a Stone Age Tribe

Lessons from the Toulambis, a Stone Age Tribe

27 June 2011 by Erik Davis

  There’s a viral video doing the rounds — an edit, set to music, of footage from a documentary about a stone-age tribe in Papua New Guinea making contact with modern humans for the first time. It’s an astounding thing to watch. The Toulambis, as they are known, trepidatiously approach the modern man on the […]

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Posted in Cognition, Critical Thinking, Culture, Environment, History, Skepticism, Social Sciences15 Comments

Canucks Win The Cup in Game Five !!!

Canucks Win The Cup in Game Five !!!

16 June 2011 by Erik Davis

It must be true. A little bird told me. That little bird of course was Cosmo the Amazon Parrot of the Vancouver Aquarium, who went on CBC and Global a few weeks back to predict a quick win by Vancouver. Watch: A Strong Track Record? At the time, it seemed reasonable to trust Cosmo – […]

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Posted in Canada, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Culture, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Probability and Statistics, Skepticism1 Comment

What Can The View Teach Us About Genderless Babies?

What Can The View Teach Us About Genderless Babies?

31 May 2011 by Erik Davis

  By now, you’ve no doubt gotten wind of the controversy caused by two Toronto parents who decided not to tell the world the gender of their new baby, Storm. The story jumped from our national press across the 49th parallel, where the hosts of ABC’s The View had this to say: These positions are […]

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Posted in Canada, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Media, Skepticism12 Comments

SUCCESs amidst the BLUR: How this Election Campaign is so different from before

SUCCESs amidst the BLUR: How this Election Campaign is so different from before

20 April 2011 by Jason Tetro

Now that we’ve reached the halfway point of the election in Canada, and witnessed two Leader’s debates, I find that there has been much said to woo Canadians to vote one way or another.  It’s been interesting to see the differing styles and content from all five Leaders and how each of them has aimed […]

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Vaccination: The Anatomy of Fear (incl. Soundtrack)

Vaccination: The Anatomy of Fear (incl. Soundtrack)

04 November 2010 by Erik Davis

My colleagues, and others around the web, have been doing an admirable job combating the nonsense that Joe Mercola and Barbara Loe Fisher are peddling as part of their so-called Vaccine Awareness Week (VAW).  It’s especially gratifying to see, considering the size of their organization and audience, that a rag-tag, loose association of bloggers can […]

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Posted in Cognition, Critical Thinking, Health, Media, Skepticism, Vaccines2 Comments

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Rodney Palmer: When Pseudoscience and Narcissism Collide

29 October 2010 by Steve Thoms

This ridiculous farce of an invented controversy got way out of hand way too fast.  My apologies for sleeping on this one.  I thought that sanity would prevail, and everyone would surely see the perpetrators for the fools they are.  It seems that I over estimated the Canadian media’s ability to be dedicated to journalistic […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Health, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Ontario, Pseudoscience271 Comments

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 5

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 5

29 October 2010 by Erik Davis

This is the final installment of my five-part series on Magical Thinking, which began on Monday to elaborate on the themes of my talk at  Skepticamp Toronto last weekend. Previous installments: Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4. Engaging the Non-Skeptic Hang around the skeptical community long enough, and you’ll inevitably […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Science, Skepticism3 Comments