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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

Cure or Con? CBC Marketplace to Review Homeopathy

Cure or Con? CBC Marketplace to Review Homeopathy

14 January 2011 by Mitchell Gerskup

Tonight at 8pm, CBC Marketplace will air a review of homeopathic medicine entitled “Cure or Con?”. This hotly anticipated episode is expected to critically examine the practice of homeopathic medicine, in the name of consumer protection. As a skeptic, I know it can be dangerous to get my hopes up over stories of this nature […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Culture, Health Policy, Media, Pseudoscience, Skepticism15 Comments

Devra Davis: Disconnected from Science: Part II

Devra Davis: Disconnected from Science: Part II

08 December 2010 by Michael Kruse

*Update: See Michael Shermer and Bernard Leikind’s post in eSkeptic this week. They are responding to the boat-load of email they received about their articles in Scientific American and Skeptic magazine concerning the lack of evidence to cancer to cell phone use.* On Monday, we published the first half of a critique of a new book by […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Pseudoscience, Skepticism76 Comments

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Devra Davis: Disconnected from Science: Part I

06 December 2010 by Michael Kruse

Over the past several months, Skeptic North has been publishing various critiques of the movement to ban WiFi and limit microwave radiation in the 2.4 GHz range used in cellular telecommunications.  Despite the continued insistence by this fractious bunch that our children (and even our rose bushes) are in danger, they have failed to offer convincing evidence […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Pseudoscience, Skepticism5 Comments

Whole Life Expo 2010: A Personal Account

29 November 2010 by Mitchell Gerskup

This will probably be my last year attending the Whole Life Expo. Last year, I had a lot of fun, took some great photos, tried some foods (some great; some not-so great) and learned a lot about the field of alternative health and its practitioners. This year, if I had to sum up my experience […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Events, Medicinal Advertising, Ontario, Pseudoscience6 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

Running from Pseudoscience

Running from Pseudoscience

26 September 2010 by Scott Gavura

Today, like thousands of others, I ran a half-marathon (21.1k) as part of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon weekend. One of the fun parts about running in a huge race (besides the race itself) is going to the race expo. Now, the non-runners might think a running expo would be pretty boring: shoes and some clothing, […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Ontario, Pseudoscience, Skepticism8 Comments

The Spooky Pull of Sympathetic Magic

The Spooky Pull of Sympathetic Magic

16 August 2010 by Erik Davis

Ethan’s recent article on the best way for skeptics to dialogue with non-skeptics definitely hit home, and is something I’ve struggled with.  Being confrontational is tempting — after all, who doesn’t love to prove how right they are?  I am certainly sympathetic to the view presented in the comments by some readers that good manners […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Pseudoscience, Skepticism7 Comments

University of Toronto: Bastion of Pseudoscience?

University of Toronto: Bastion of Pseudoscience?

23 July 2010 by Mitchell Gerskup

Update: It turns out that the School of Continuing Studies aren’t the only ones at the University of Toronto who have drunk the naturopathic (or perhaps homeopathic) Kool-Aid. It turns out that the Department of Human Biology is also offering a course entitled HMB434H – Complementary and Alternative Medicine. You can check out the syllabus […]

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Posted in Health, Ontario, Pseudoscience, Skepticism5 Comments

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How useful thy fiction?

21 July 2010 by Erik Davis

This weekend was my 20 year high school reunion, and for whatever reason — be it nostalgia or morbid curiosity — I decided to attend.  Despite the long drive (I was raised near NYC), it was an interesting experience, even rewarding at times.  And it gave me the impetus to finally file an article that […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Culture, History, Media, Paranormal, Pseudoscience, Science, Skepticism3 Comments