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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

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Skeptic Movie Review: Lincoln (2012)

10 January 2013 by Ethan Clow

  Movie fans are no doubt aware that the Academy Award nominations came out today (Thursday the 10th) Leading the pack in total number of nominations with twelve is Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” including ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis’ and ‘Best Director.’ I’ve seen it. It was an impressive film, with high quality acting […]

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Book Review: Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks

04 January 2013 by Ethan Clow

Over the holiday break I got caught up on some reading, including Oliver Sacks new book “Hallucinations” Did Sacks deliver a mind-bending or mind-numbing account of the powerful hallucinations the human brain can conjure up? I had never read any of Oliver Sacks book’s before, but I had heard good things about his previous works […]

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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&E – Brad Meltzer’s Decoded

Brad Meltzer’s Anomaly Hunting

15 February 2012 by Ethan Clow

Recently I was watching the History Channel when a commercial for Brad Meltzer’s Decoded came on. At first I found the commercial enraging and further eroded my lingering embers of hope that the History Channel had a legitimate interested in promoting actual history and not bunk dressed up to look like a Dan Brown book. […]

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Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Critical Thinking, History, Media, Reviews, Skepticism, Social Sciences3 Comments

Marketplace Takes on Cold-Fx: A review

Marketplace Takes on Cold-Fx: A review

16 January 2012 by Kim Hebert

Last January, Marketplace took on homeopathy, a frequent topic among skeptical circles — for good reason. This past Friday they looked into Cold-Fx with somewhat more mixed results. On the positive side, they correctly point out a relatively major concern with natural health products (other than the glaring lack of evidence for efficacy) — poor […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Media, Reviews3 Comments

Book Review: Among The Truthers by Jonathan Kay

Book Review: Among The Truthers by Jonathan Kay

10 September 2011 by Michael MacKay

Today’s book review is a guest post from Mike MacKay. Mike is a long-time skeptic who, when he’s not practicing law or chauffeuring his children, reads and writes voraciously on skeptical topics. He can be contacted or followed via twitter @Michael5MacKay Interesting in contributing your own book review? If it’s related to scientific skepticism, we’re […]

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Book Review: Annoying – The Science of What Bugs Us

22 June 2011 by Ethan Clow

Does Annoying provide a deep understanding into the psychology of annoyance or does it simply read like the experience of unravelling a ball of Christmas lights? As most of my close personal friends can attest, I’m something of an expert on the subject of annoying. So it was with some gusto that I picked up […]

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Hitchens vs. Brummett: the un-debate

04 June 2011 by Jeff Orchard

I just attended a debate between Christopher Hitchens and Prof. Barry Brummett at the university of Waterloo. The topic, “Religion has been a positive force in culture.” It was moderated by Jian Ghomeshi. So, why am I calling it the “un-debate”? One of my hobbies is to listen to debates between religious folks and science […]

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Posted in Culture, Reviews, Skepticism26 Comments

Book Review: Voodoo Histories by David Aaronovitch

Book Review: Voodoo Histories by David Aaronovitch

25 March 2011 by Ethan Clow

I have a little game I play when I go into book stores. First I make a prediction, then I head over to the history section and see if my prediction is on the ball or not. My prediction will be how many books of pseudo-history, works of outright fiction, conspiracy theories and tirades on […]

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Posted in Conspiracy Theories, History, Media, Reviews, Social Sciences2 Comments