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Book Review: Future Babble by Dan Gardner

Book Review: Future Babble by Dan Gardner

04 February 2011 by Darren McKee

Today’s guest post is from Darren McKee, an contributor to the Ottawa Skeptics podcast. Want to contribute a review? Contact us. I predict that you will find this review informative. If you do, you will congratulate my foresight. If you don’t, you’ll forget I was wrong. My playful intro summarizes the main thesis of Gardner’s […]

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CBC Marketplace Investigates Homeopathy: A Review

CBC Marketplace Investigates Homeopathy: A Review

14 January 2011 by Kim Hebert

Benefiting from the Atlantic Time Zone, I got to be one of the first to watch CBC Marketplace on Friday night (darn you, Newfoundland!) where they covered the topic of homeopathy. Here are my impressions. First, I want to praise Marketplace for not offering false balance on the issue. Homeopathy is not something about which […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Media, Pseudoscience, Reviews40 Comments

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Book Review: Scary Science

29 December 2010 by Marion Kilgour

I recently moved into a new place and, for the first time since I moved out of my parent’s house for university, I have enough room to unpack all of my books. One that I pulled out of the box of beloved children’s books was Scary Science: The Truth Behind Vampires, Witches, UFO’s Ghosts and […]

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Book Review: The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris

Book Review: The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris

17 December 2010 by Darren McKee

The Moral Landscape is an intelligent and well-researched work that engages the reader to question if notions of fact and value are really that different, but this landscape is not without its pitfalls.

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Whole Life Expo: One Blogger’s Account

Whole Life Expo: One Blogger’s Account

29 November 2010 by Steve Thoms

Okay, the title is a bit misleading, as the impetus of this post is to re-direct you to my own blog post on the subject. Our experience at the Whole Life Expo was deeply concerning, and despite the tone of welcoming in the comments section of a previous Skeptic North post, the reality was far […]

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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

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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: “The Varieties of Scientific Experience” by Carl Sagan

Book Review: “The Varieties of Scientific Experience” by Carl Sagan

08 October 2010 by Sara E. Mayhew

Ann Druyan gives the 21st century a much needed gift of another book by Carl Sagan. It is based on the talk he gave at the Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow, in 1985. Druyan’s introduction alone is a beautiful piece, and contains one of my favourite quotes: “My variation on James’s title is […]

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The Demon-Haunted World

Book Review: “The Demon-Haunted World” by Carl Sagan

01 October 2010 by Melany Hamill

Carl Sagan was a champion of science. He made physics and astronomy accessible to everyone, and did it in a way that inspired hope and wonder. He was also a well-known skeptic, but he was not known as a debunker. In the The Demon-Haunted World, however, he pulls no punches while challenging superstitious beliefs. The […]

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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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