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Does Dr. Gifford-Jones Understand Science?

Does Dr. Gifford-Jones Understand Science?

04 February 2014 by Gem Newman

Dr. W. Gifford-Jones, a prolific syndicated pseudonymous newspaper columnist, has written yet another article on the purported dangers of “radiation” from electronic devices. Well known to Canadian skeptics for advocating placebo cures, blaming “dirty electricity” for a host of common ailments, and promoting accusations that Health Canada is “terrorizing” the proprietors of health food stores, […]

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Posted in Featured, Health, Skepticism4 Comments

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Cell Phones Still Not Linked to Brain Cancer

12 December 2011 by Michael Kruse

The process of skepticism and scientific inquiry, it has become very apparent to me, requires constant learning and re-evaluation of one’s unfounded beliefs.  My own personal journey has been one that came from a position of simplistic certainly about the world and has resulted in a necessary embrace of uncertainty and a probabilistic understanding of […]

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Posted in Medicine, Skepticism15 Comments

Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

19 June 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hello Skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins this week. Which is more dangerous, the phone or the sunshine? Where’s the Panic Button on This Phone? Michael sent in this story. This excellent article covers the facts about cellphones and cancer, as well as reasons why we get so hysterical about the issue. It thoroughly […]

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Evaluating The Evidence for Cell Phones and WiFi

02 June 2011 by Michael Kruse

Picking up where I left off yesterday, here is a short discussion about the application of  the Precautionary Principle and the Weight of Evidence approach to evaluating scientific claims. The Precautionary Principle In many discussions of the “dangers” of WiFi and cell phones, the precautionary principle is evoked. It is the idea that we have […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Health, Health Policy, Probability and Statistics, Skepticism21 Comments

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

29 May 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hello Skeptifans. Were any of you hoopy froods celebrating Towel Day last week? My attempts at mixing a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster were not very successful. How Your Cell Phone Is Killing Bees And Starving The Planet My cellphone is starving the planet! That sounds serious! This story appeared on several news sites citing a […]

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Skeptical Fails and Wins This Week

22 May 2011 by Melany Hamill

Hello Skeptifans. Here are your Fails and Wins in the media this week. Cellphone towers draw Lower Mainland opposition Residents of BC’s lower mainland are concerned about a proposal to build two new cell towers. Even a local school board has voted to oppose the project. One woman interviewed admitted that she was only afraid […]

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New Study Shows EMF Effect On Brain – So What?

26 February 2011 by Michael Kruse

In the past 6 months, Skeptic North has run several articles about WiFi, cell phones and the purported health effects that radio-frequency electro-magnetic fields (RF-EMF) may or may not have on the brain and body.  Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the controversy remains to be a popular story in the media, perhaps because of the […]

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Posted in Health, Skepticism30 Comments