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Celebrating Darwin Day in Saskatchewan

Celebrating Darwin Day in Saskatchewan

11 February 2011 by Scott Gavura

Familiar with Darwin Day? Darwin Day is an international celebration of Darwin’s life and his contributions to science. 2011 marks Saskatoon’s third annual celebration. This year, the celebration goes province-wide. Darwin Day has received official recognition from Donna Harpauer, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Education: Saskatoon’s Darwin Day celebrations started just two years ago as a project […]

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Posted in Events, History, Prairies1 Comment

No Science please, we’re Anthropologists

17 December 2010 by Ethan Clow

Over the last couple weeks controversy erupted in the world of anthropology. No, they didn’t find more Hobbits. The problem began when the American Anthropology Association altered their mandate removing science from their long range goals. When the organization met for its annual meeting a decision was reached to strip the words “science” from their […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, History, Skepticism, Social Sciences19 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

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

Common Sense: A Manifesto

Common Sense: A Manifesto

24 June 2010 by Erik Davis

Recently, I filed a post about food allergies in the schoolyard, which was driven by catching myself in several common logical fallacies. You see, before writing the article, I had a general sense that school policies designed to protect allergic kids from peanut exposure were getting out of hand. After all, back when I was […]

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Posted in Cognition, Critical Thinking, History, Logic and Fallacies, Probability and Statistics, Science, Skepticism12 Comments

A History of Pretend Histories – Part 1

16 February 2010 by Steve Thoms

The intellectual head games that a person can play when weaving a conspiracy theory relies heavy on the person’s imagination. In order for the conspiracy to be as superficially consistent as possible, one has to make it bigger and more complicated, necessitating levels of complexity that increase by orders of magnitude with each new level. […]

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Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Critical Thinking, History1 Comment

Review of the Movie “Creation”

Review of the Movie “Creation”

19 January 2010 by Jonathan Abrams

Warning: This review may contain what some may consider ‘spoilers’. Although, few of the details in the review would be surprising to anyone even remotely familiar with the life of Charles Darwin. But rest assured that the movie is worth your time and money, so go see it and come back if you’re worried about […]

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Posted in Culture, Evolution, History, ReviewsComments Off

The Knights Templar and The Holy Fictionalization of History

The Knights Templar and The Holy Fictionalization of History

09 January 2010 by Ethan Clow

Along time ago a young monk in Jerusalem walked up to two knights and asked nervously “you knights always hang out in the tavern over there and never let anyone else in, what goes on in there?” The knights didn’t answer right away but then one of them said “It’s a secret…” Prompting the other […]

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Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Culture, History2 Comments

The “Western” Pejorative

09 December 2009 by Kim Hebert

Science is the skilled study of facts – predictable, falsifiable observations in nature. I always thought that was non-racial. But somewhere along the way the terms “Western” and “Eastern” cropped up, distinguished from each other yet allegedly two sides of the same coin. Alternatives. We see this in medicine now with the popularization of Complementary […]

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