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A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 4

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 4

28 October 2010 by Erik Davis

This is the fourth installment of my five-part series on Magical Thinking, running Monday – Friday this week, which picks up on the themes I introduced at Skepticamp Toronto last weekend.  Parts 1, 2, and 3 are here, here, and here. On Holism, Contagion, and Sympathy In the last article in this series, we discussed […]

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 3

27 October 2010 by Erik Davis

Welcome to the third installment of my five-part series on Magical Thinking, running Monday – Friday this week, which provides more background for my talk at Skepticamp Toronto last weekend.  You may wish to read Part 1 and Part 2 first, to put this post into context. On Essentialism & Vitalism In yesterday’s article, we […]

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 2

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 2

26 October 2010 by Erik Davis

This is the second installment of a five-part series on Magical Thinking, running Monday – Friday this week, that fleshes out my brief talk at Skepticamp Toronto last weekend.  Part 1 is available here. On Dualism In the first article in this series, I explored how we might create an ontology for Magical Thinking.  Rather […]

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 1

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 1

25 October 2010 by Erik Davis

Just in time for Halloween, I’ll be presenting a five-part series on Magical Thinking that will run from Monday – Friday of this week, picking up on the theme of my talk at Skepticamp Toronto last weekend.  The first instalment is below: Toward an Ontology of Magical Thinking A few months ago, I wrote an […]

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Posted in Cognition, Critical Thinking, Skepticism8 Comments

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Fluoridated Water ‘debate’ returns. Nothing new is said

24 October 2010 by Steve Thoms

Since moving to my adopted city of Kitchener, Ontario last month, I’ve come to love the park lands, downtown market, and rich German culture.  I love this city a great deal, but I’ve not had a lot of time to learn the political culture, and what level of pseudo-science is prevalent around here.  So I […]

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Posted in Cognition, Conspiracy Theories, Critical Thinking, Economics, Health, Health Policy, Ontario, Skepticism42 Comments

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Book Review: “This is Your Brain on Music” by Daniel Levitin

15 October 2010 by Steve Thoms

I’ve always had a deep appreciation for the way in which music is somehow different.  This is not something I’m claiming to be a unique trait that only I have, because I think we all, in our own ways, set our love of music apart from everything else in our lives.  We don’t always try […]

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Posted in Cognition, Critical Thinking, Culture, Evolution, Reviews, Science5 Comments

Book Review: <em>Risk</em> by Dan Gardner

Book Review: Risk by Dan Gardner

10 September 2010 by Erik Davis

When Jeff said of On Being Certain that it shook his epistemological world, I knew exactly what he meant.  For me that moment came a few chapters into Dan Gardner’s excellent book Risk.  While I like to think that my disposition to skepticism is innate, Risk was the book that opened my eyes to the […]

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Posted in Canada, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Reviews, Skepticism5 Comments

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Book Review: “On Being Certain” by Robert A. Burton

20 August 2010 by Jeff Orchard

Note from the Skeptic North Team: Beginning today, and continuing for the next several weeks, Skeptic North contributors will be writing about the skeptical books that are important to them. Look for a new book review every Friday. Jeff Orchard kicks off the series: The book: “On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When […]

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Ontario’s Wi-Fi Phobia

17 August 2010 by Steve Thoms

*update: 08/26, 20:15 EST* Unbeknownst to me when I wrote this, a part 2 to this post would later need to be made.  The linkages in this story go pretty deep.  Click here for the new post. Despite my old stomping grounds AND my old University being directly involved, I was going to steer clear […]

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Posted in Cognition, Health, Health Policy, Logic and Fallacies, Ontario, Skepticism23 Comments

The Spooky Pull of Sympathetic Magic

The Spooky Pull of Sympathetic Magic

16 August 2010 by Erik Davis

Ethan’s recent article on the best way for skeptics to dialogue with non-skeptics definitely hit home, and is something I’ve struggled with.  Being confrontational is tempting — after all, who doesn’t love to prove how right they are?  I am certainly sympathetic to the view presented in the comments by some readers that good manners […]

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