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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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Posted in Culture, Media, Skepticism1 Comment

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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

From Positive to Negative in 1.5 minutes

From Positive to Negative in 1.5 minutes

01 June 2011 by Steve Thoms

There is a video going around on facebook at the moment, and it caught my attention.  Watch it now, but I ask that you hold off (for the moment) on the “Click Here to find out More” at the end of the video: On the surface, it seems like it has a great message: People […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Conspiracy Theories, Critical Thinking, Health, Media, Pseudoscience, Skepticism17 Comments

Getting Skeptical about Voting

Getting Skeptical about Voting

09 May 2011 by Ethan Clow

Canada recently had a federal election that for the first time in over 11 years resulted in a majority government. It was a historic election for a number of reasons. Not only did the Conservative Party of Canada win the most seats in the House of Parliament, but the New Democrats also made ground, becoming […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Skepticism, Social Sciences15 Comments

A Brief Primer on Criminal Statistics

A Brief Primer on Criminal Statistics

19 April 2011 by Dianne Sousa

During elections my ears perk up when law and order issues come up. Are politicians doing business differently this time round? Do they show that they understand what they’re talking about? The claims thrown around in these discussions deserve careful scrutiny because the data that they depend on are often ambiguous or misleading. Surprise! The evidence […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Probability and Statistics, Social Sciences4 Comments

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Federal Election 2011: Visualizing the Platforms

11 April 2011 by Mitchell Gerskup

With all of Canada’s major political parties releasing platforms in anticipation of the upcoming federal election, there can be a lot to read through and process, to the point where most people probably don’t even read their preferred party’s platform all the way through, let alone all of them (I know I usually don’t). With […]

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Posted in Canada, Skepticism, Social Sciences8 Comments

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The Best Place to Live?

30 March 2011 by Mitchell Gerskup

MoneySense recently released their list of Best Places to Live 2011, in which they provide rankings of the “livability” of Canadian cities. According to the list, Ottawa-Gatineau is the best place to live and, out of the 180 cities ranked, New Glasgow (Nova Scotia) is the worst. Of the “big three” Canadian cities, Vancouver was […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Social Sciences7 Comments

Book Review: Voodoo Histories by David Aaronovitch

Book Review: Voodoo Histories by David Aaronovitch

25 March 2011 by Ethan Clow

I have a little game I play when I go into book stores. First I make a prediction, then I head over to the history section and see if my prediction is on the ball or not. My prediction will be how many books of pseudo-history, works of outright fiction, conspiracy theories and tirades on […]

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Posted in Conspiracy Theories, History, Media, Reviews, Social Sciences2 Comments