All Posts in Category "Logic and Fallacies"

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

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

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Why, Wifi? Why?

28 September 2011 by Steve Thoms

Concerns about the safety of WiFi, particularly around school children, has continued to be a contentious issue in small towns across Canada, and Ontario especially.   Supporters of the technology have mountains of scientific data on their side, opponents have screaming, hysteria, and the precautionary principle.  Even Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May unwittingly […]

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Posted in Canada, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Ontario, Skepticism36 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

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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Putting the EMFasis Back on the Scientific Consenus

Putting the EMFasis Back on the Scientific Consenus

08 November 2010 by Erik Davis

By now, I’m sure most of you have caught Steve’s piece last week on the Ontario wifi debate.  It turned out to be quite the tempest in a teapot, driving about 10x the traffic of the average post on Skeptic North, and generating dozens of comments, including one from Rodney Palmer himself. One comment in […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Health, Health Policy, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Ontario, Skepticism13 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

Book Review: “Filthy Lucre: Economics for People Who Hate Capitalism” by Joseph Heath

Book Review: “Filthy Lucre: Economics for People Who Hate Capitalism” by Joseph Heath

29 October 2010 by Mitchell Gerskup

Joseph Heath is a philosophy professor with an interest, but no formal training in economics. I first heard of him while taking a course he was teaching on Jürgen Habermas, a philosopher of the Frankfurt School (a neo-Marxist view of social theory). A self-described skeptic of capitalism, Heath nevertheless believes that there is a big […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Economics, Logic and Fallacies, Reviews18 Comments

A Bed Bug

All About Bed Bugs

03 September 2010 by Chris Hebbern

The bed bug resurgence Bed bugs, Cimex lectularius, have been infesting human habitations for thousands of years. About the size of an apple seed, the bugs can hide in electronics, such as radios, in drawers, in and under furniture, behind baseboards, under loose wallpaper, behind paintings and posters, in small cracks and in the curtains. They […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Health, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Medical Conditions, Ontario, Probability and Statistics, Science, Skepticism12 Comments

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Further down the WiFi Rabbit Hole I Go!

26 August 2010 by Steve Thoms

This is going to be a long post, folks.  But I promise you, it’s worth it. Last week I wrote a post about the WiFi manufactroversey going on in my home county of Simcoe.  As a quick reminder:  An ad-hoc parents committee was formed to petition the Simcoe County School Board for the removal of […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Logic and Fallacies, Ontario, Skepticism72 Comments