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What Does Creationism Say About Our Culture?

What Does Creationism Say About Our Culture?

27 November 2012 by Gem Newman

According to a 2007 Angus-Reid poll, 59% of Canadians accept evolution and common descent, while 22% are convinced that God created human beings within the last 10,000 years (with acceptance of evolution being correlated with youth and with higher levels of education, and belief in special creation being more prevalent on the prairies). While it […]

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Posted in Culture, Evolution, Pseudoscience2 Comments

Climate Misinformation Spread on Canadian Air-Waves by Charles Adler

Climate Misinformation Spread on Canadian Air-Waves by Charles Adler

05 November 2012 by Shawn Brooks

When it comes to getting scientifically reputable information on climate change, it can be a daunting task because of the politicization that has surrounded this issue. No arguments there. However, on October 16th, when Charles Adler heard about an article published in the Daily Mail in the UK with the extraordinary title “Global warming stopped […]

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Posted in Canada, Environment, Media, Science, Skepticism3 Comments

Skepticism in a Small Town

Skepticism in a Small Town

28 September 2012 by Scott Gavura

The following is a cross-post from Science-Based Pharmacy, contributed by a Canadian pharmacist who blogs under the pseudonym “Sara Russell”. In my last post, I introduced myself as a pharmacist in a small-ish town, eager to combat the growing acceptance of pseudoscience into the mainstream. I love living where I live for a multitude of […]

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Posted in Canada, Culture, Environment, Featured, Guest Post, Pseudoscience, Skepticism3 Comments

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Let’s Get Physical: BodyTalk Baseless

27 September 2012 by Michael Kruse

When I was in my second year at college, the first time, I was working at a dinner theatre in Mississauga, west of Toronto, to pay the bills.  We were playing Grease and as the head electrician I had some time to pass, so I picked up Scientific American to read during the show – Discovery […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Pseudoscience, Skepticism1 Comment

2011 Psychic Review and 2012 Preview

2011 Psychic Review and 2012 Preview

29 July 2012 by Kim Hebert

Well, this is a bit late, as it got lost in the draft pile for a while. But better late than never. It’s 2012, which means we’re mere months away from a flurry of white-manufactured Mayan exoticism. It also means looking back at the psychic predictions that came out in 2011! In the past I’ve […]

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Skepticism and Beauty

Skepticism and Beauty

08 May 2012 by Sara E. Mayhew

Browsing the aisle of a local retailer, recently, started me thinking about beauty products and how skeptical I am of some their claims. The shelves are stocked with dozens of different facial moisturizers alone, ranging in brand, size, and price. Actually, it’s surprising how wide the range of pricing is–from products that cost $5 for a large […]

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Posted in Pseudoscience, Skepticism4 Comments

Toronto Aetherius Society: His Master’s Voice, stuff that goes boom, and a lack of proof (Part 2)

Toronto Aetherius Society: His Master’s Voice, stuff that goes boom, and a lack of proof (Part 2)

31 January 2012 by Karl Mamer

  After about an hour of bringing us up to speed on who King was and the beliefs of the Aetherius Society, Jaggard got into the “irrefutable evidence”. Alas, it was nothing like an alien body or parts of a saucer. Jaggard admits he believes the existence of alien-piloted UFOs is a given. Me, I’m […]

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Toronto Aetherius Society: Jesus, Venusians, and some bad astronomy (Part 1)

Toronto Aetherius Society: Jesus, Venusians, and some bad astronomy (Part 1)

30 January 2012 by Karl Mamer

My best friend Terry has, for the want of something to occupy his time, decided to become the leading expert on the Betty and Barney Hill UFO abduction case. I keep promising the listeners of my Conspiracy Skeptic podcast that I’m going to have him on as a guest and blow the lid off the […]

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Posted in Astronomy, Ontario, Skepticism1 Comment

Generic drugs: Should we be skeptical?

Generic drugs: Should we be skeptical?

06 January 2012 by Scott Gavura

Generic drugs are popular in Canada, with over $22 billion in sales and 57% of prescriptions by volume. And more generics are on the way. Lipitor, one of the most popular Canadian prescription drugs, recently lost patent protection. And more blockbusters will lose their patent protection over the next few years. It’s been called a […]

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ScaleHammer – More Water Pseudoscience

ScaleHammer – More Water Pseudoscience

03 January 2012 by Marion Kilgour

I think that because water is so ubiquitous, and, let’s face it, pretty awesome all by itself (it expands as it freezes!) people like to use it as the basis for their made up chemistry. An ad for a co-worker selling his unused ScaleHammer recently appeared on the company classifieds. So, I looked up the […]

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Posted in Canada, Pseudoscience, Skepticism8 Comments