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Darwin Day: Modern Creationism Still Threatens Education

13 February 2013 by Michael Kruse

This is cross-posted from the Huffington Post Canada In his new play The De Chardin Project, playwright Adam Seybold has the Jesuit priest and paleontologist Father Teilard De Chardin describe his witnessing of a terrible natural event whereby he arose from his cabin aboard a steamer on route to China to find a fire raging […]

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Posted in Canada, Culture, Evolution, Skepticism1 Comment

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I Got Rhythm…or not….wait, yes I do! Beat Deafness, or a Poor Understanding of Music?

14 January 2013 by Steve Thoms

This is a science and music story that I’ve wanted to do for a while, and although it’s over a year out of the news cycle, it’s still reflective of a widespread musical myth that I bet many readers are familiar with: Beat Deafness. Beat deafness is a form of amusia characterized by an inability […]

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Posted in Cognition, Culture1 Comment

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

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

Jenna Talackova and Rights for the Transgendered

Jenna Talackova and Rights for the Transgendered

29 March 2012 by John Underhay

My post earlier this week on the removal of Jenna Talackova from competition in the Miss Universe Canada pageant has become the most read article on my own blog since I began blogging a year and a half ago.  The story, at first just a whisper here and there, has blossomed into quite a sensation. […]

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Posted in Culture, Social Sciences1 Comment

Lessons from the Toulambis, a Stone Age Tribe

Lessons from the Toulambis, a Stone Age Tribe

27 June 2011 by Erik Davis

  There’s a viral video doing the rounds — an edit, set to music, of footage from a documentary about a stone-age tribe in Papua New Guinea making contact with modern humans for the first time. It’s an astounding thing to watch. The Toulambis, as they are known, trepidatiously approach the modern man on the […]

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Posted in Cognition, Critical Thinking, Culture, Environment, History, Skepticism, Social Sciences15 Comments

Canucks Win The Cup in Game Five !!!

Canucks Win The Cup in Game Five !!!

16 June 2011 by Erik Davis

It must be true. A little bird told me. That little bird of course was Cosmo the Amazon Parrot of the Vancouver Aquarium, who went on CBC and Global a few weeks back to predict a quick win by Vancouver. Watch: A Strong Track Record? At the time, it seemed reasonable to trust Cosmo – […]

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Posted in Canada, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Culture, Logic and Fallacies, Media, Probability and Statistics, Skepticism1 Comment

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Peter Popoff Takes Advantage of the Faithful

09 June 2011 by Michael Kruse

Peter Popoff, the American evangelical preacher, is one of the classic unsinkable rubber ducks of woo. The skeptical icon James “The Amazing” Randi exposed Popoff in 1987 on the Johnny Carson show by sneaking in a radio receiver and recording equipment and recording the sometimes foul and revealing conversation beween Popoff’s wife Elizabeth and Popoff […]

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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: 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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Posted in Critical Thinking, Culture, Probability and Statistics, Reviews, Skepticism5 Comments