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Allergic to Risk Analysis

17 June 2010 by Erik Davis

I’ve come to expect robust skeptical discussion in online forums like this one, but I was encouraged last week to witness some of it “in the field”, as an anthropologist might say. I was doing my regular morning grade school drop-off, when I chanced to overhear a debate between my son’s kindergarten teacher and the […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Health, Health Policy, Medical Conditions, Ontario, Probability and Statistics, Science, Skepticism20 Comments

Making the Streets Safer Through Math

01 June 2010 by Erik Davis

It was a tragic death, sweetened only by an act of parental love and the knowledge that it could have been worse.  On January 12th, Marites Mendoza was struck and killed by an 83-year old driver who ran a red light, pushing her stroller out of the way just in time to save her 12 […]

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Who’s killing our babies?

Who’s killing our babies?

25 May 2010 by Erik Davis

Maybe the dingo ate ‘em.  Or at least that would be a plausible suggestion, for all of the context provided by The Globe & Mail‘s front page article “Why are our babies dying?” on Saturday (interesting that the online edition has a less incendiary title).  The article addresses our drop in the OECD’s 2007 (latest […]

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Posted in Canada, Health, Probability and Statistics, Skepticism5 Comments

Guest Blog – Fishing for Toxins (part 2 of 2)

Guest Blog – Fishing for Toxins (part 2 of 2)

10 December 2009 by Erik Davis

Today’s guest blog is Erik Davis’ followup to his post from Sunday. Part 1 was published on Sunday, December 6. Anyone interested in contributing to Skeptic North can email the editors, skepticnorth [at] gmail [dot] com. As we discussed in Part 1 of this article last Sunday, there’s a significant disconnect between the way the […]

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Fishing For Toxins (part 1 of 2)

06 December 2009 by Erik Davis

Today’s Guest Blog is a 2-parter brought to you by Erik Davis, and is titled, Fishing For Toxins. Part 2 will be published on Dec 10. One of the things that has continually struck me about the H1N1 debate is just how much of the dialogue has revolved around the presence of mercury in the […]

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