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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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The New Enlightenment

29 August 2012 by Ethan Clow

To imagine a world that was poor, nasty, brutish, and short (a world Thomas Hobbes imagined) we modern Westerners, might turn to fiction. Fantasy, science fiction, and horror all have their dystopias which serve as a dark inspiration for a world like the one described by Hobbes. We could also look in history books and […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, History, Skepticism, Social Sciences15 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

A&E – Brad Meltzer’s Decoded

Brad Meltzer’s Anomaly Hunting

15 February 2012 by Ethan Clow

Recently I was watching the History Channel when a commercial for Brad Meltzer’s Decoded came on. At first I found the commercial enraging and further eroded my lingering embers of hope that the History Channel had a legitimate interested in promoting actual history and not bunk dressed up to look like a Dan Brown book. […]

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Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Critical Thinking, History, Media, Reviews, Skepticism, Social Sciences3 Comments

The Mayans Went Down to Georgia

The Mayans Went Down to Georgia

05 January 2012 by John Underhay

The Mayans have been in the news a lot over the past couple of years, particularly due to their (supposed) prediction that the world will end in December of this year. This has been so thoroughly debunked that I hardly need mention it here. Reminiscent of the response to Harold Camping, there are those who […]

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Posted in History, Social Sciences5 Comments

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He’s Trolling, He’s Trolling, He’s Trolling down the Wifi!

14 November 2011 by Steve Thoms

So, a little over a year ago, I wrote a piece about one particular anti-WiFi activist named Rodney Palmer.  It was a bit of a snarky post, written with the piss-and-vinegar that comes from a long, aggravating day at work.  The post caught the attention of Mr. Palmer, who promptly threatened to sue me over […]

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Posted in Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience56 Comments

Ontario Election 2011: Visualizing the Platforms

Ontario Election 2011: Visualizing the Platforms

30 September 2011 by Mitchell Gerskup

Last April, in the lead-up to the federal election, I posted visual representations of all of the platforms the major political parties of Canada. I thought of it as a quick and fun way to visualize some of the major themes that can be found in the platforms, as well as a way to give […]

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Posted in Ontario, Social Sciences3 Comments

Book Review: Among The Truthers by Jonathan Kay

Book Review: Among The Truthers by Jonathan Kay

10 September 2011 by Michael MacKay

Today’s book review is a guest post from Mike MacKay. Mike is a long-time skeptic who, when he’s not practicing law or chauffeuring his children, reads and writes voraciously on skeptical topics. He can be contacted or followed via twitter @Michael5MacKay Interesting in contributing your own book review? If it’s related to scientific skepticism, we’re […]

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In Search of Perfect Pitch

23 July 2011 by Steve Thoms

Neil Degrasse Tyson once remarked that “If you are scientifically literate, the world looks very different to you.”  I would modify this and say that if you’re musically literate, the world sounds very different to you. A recent tweet by Skeptoid’s Brian Dunning raised some questions about an elusive aspect of music: Perfect Pitch.  When […]

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Posted in Science, Social Sciences5 Comments

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Climate Change: 400 Years Too Late for Henry Hudson

05 July 2011 by Ethan Clow

Despite the onset of summer and the melting ice in and around Hudson’s Bay, Henry Hudson must have felt particularly cold that day of June, 1611.  Along with his son Jon, and six other crewmen, Hudson was bound by his former crew and left in a small shallop and set adrift in the bay that […]

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Posted in Canada, Environment, History, Science, Social Sciences, Territories1 Comment