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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

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Quaecumque Vera

06 December 2010 by Marion Kilgour

On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépin walked into the École Polytechnique in Montréal with a rifle.  He shot one woman in the hallway, walked into a classroom full of engineering students, ordered the men to leave, and killed 6 of the 10 women remaining. He then continued through the school, shooting women, and men if […]

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Posted in Canada, Culture, History, Quebec, Social Sciences2 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

Phil Plait’s “Don’t Be a D*ck” Talk Now Online

Phil Plait’s “Don’t Be a D*ck” Talk Now Online

17 August 2010 by Jonathan Abrams

Phil Plait‘s much blogged about talk at The Amazing Meeting 8 (aka TAM8) in Vegas called “Don’t Be a Duck”, I mean, “Don’t Be a Dick” has been made available for viewing online. I recommend you check it out. Even though what he’s saying isn’t new (I blogged similar thoughts) he does present the argument […]

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Posted in Culture, Skepticism2 Comments

13 Things About Friday the 13th

13 Things About Friday the 13th

13 August 2010 by Mitchell Gerskup

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! Growing up, I always knew that Friday the 13th was an unlucky day. I don’t know where I heard it first, but I’ve known that for as long as I can remember. It’s a belief that seems to be ubiquitous, at least in North American culture, although one that’s not […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Culture, History, Skepticism4 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

Vivos – Terrifying People in these Uncertain Times

Vivos – Terrifying People in these Uncertain Times

29 April 2010 by Kim Hebert

Vivos is a life assurance solution for you and your loved ones to survive the next earth devastating catastrophe, terrorist or nuclear attack. Vivos network of hardened and nuclear blast proof shelters will provide for up to one year of autonomous underground survival. We invite you to join us and a community of 200 people, […]

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Great Canadian Diet Soda Test

Great Canadian Diet Soda Test

23 April 2010 by Steve Thoms

I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs, and I hardly ever drink. In most circles, this is what would qualify me as “boring nerd-boy”. My vice of choice for years has been Diet Coke. In those same circles, this would be known as “Seriously? That’s a vice to you? Nerd.” I would then sheepishly slink […]

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What’s Wrong with Immortality?

01 March 2010 by Ethan Clow

Do you ever think about aging? Of course you do. We all do. It’s one of the inescapable aspects of being alive. In fact, many philosophers have pondered the implications of the fact that humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Some have speculated that this is the single biggest reason that […]

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Shkeptisssh inna pub

Shkeptisssh inna pub

19 February 2010 by Kennedy Goodkey

You do know about Skeptics in the Pub, don’t you? Skeptics in the Pub (SitP to its friends) is a monthly social gathering intended to build community among the critical thinking set. It was established in London England in 1999 by Dr. Scott Campbell, based around similar science and philosophy groups in Australia. I think […]

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