All Posts Tagged With "Ethan Clow"

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

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

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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The Rock Stars of Skepticism

01 December 2010 by Ethan Clow

Recently in Vancouver, the Centre for Inquiry hosted the cast of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe, with George Hrab sitting in for Rebecca Watson, for a live show on their way to Australia for The Amazing Meeting Oz. It was, simply put, a fantastic show. We spent about two months planning the event, although […]

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Creationist Clashes in British Columbia

01 November 2010 by Ethan Clow

Recently a Creationist, one Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, (his PhD is in chemistry) has been touring in British Columbia speaking on the subject of evolution. The title of his talk is “Evolution: The Greatest Hoax on Earth” which is his way of suggesting that he can refute the claims made by Richard Dawkins in his latest […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Canada, Evolution, Science, Skepticism4 Comments

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RE Investigation into professional negligence of Field Agent 09345

04 October 2010 by Ethan Clow

Field Agent 09345 Report: Commanding Officers, Judge and Advocates, Disciplinary Committee… With regards to the investigation into professional negligence of myself, Field Agent 09345, and aforementioned Field Report now under review by this honourable committee, I should like to offer some justification on my behalf. This is not offered to be an excuse on my […]

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What Does Open- Mindedness Mean?

21 August 2010 by Ethan Clow

The other day I was handing out flyers outside the Marriot Hotel in downtown Vancouver encouraging people to think critically about the event they were about to see. That event was a group reading by self-proclaimed psychic and medium John Edward. The event was a success, we handed out a number of flyers, engaged a […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Critical Thinking, Skepticism10 Comments

Do We Have A Problem?

Do We Have A Problem?

27 July 2010 by Ethan Clow

Over the last week or so I’ve been mulling over some of the things I learned at The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas. For a great account check out Jonathan Abrams report here. There were lots of great tidbits of information about how to research and plan skeptical events, get accurate data, separate the woo […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Critical Thinking, Skepticism20 Comments

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The Amaz!ng Meeting 8 Was Great Eh?

13 July 2010 by Jonathan Abrams

Over the past week I saw two incredible sights, the first was the Grand Canyon (pictures don’t do it justice) and the second was a gathering of over 1300 skeptics in a Las Vegas hotel. (Or was that three?) For the past 8 years the James Randi Educational Foundation (aka the JREF)  has hosted a […]

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Posted in Canada, Skepticism6 Comments

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Anti-Deepak Chopra Gathering in Vancouver

02 June 2010 by Ethan Clow

On June 4th, Deepak Chopra, new age alt med practitioner will be giving a talk in Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Chopra takes scientific terms like quantum mechanics and warps the meaning to suit his pseudo-scientific/mysticism claims to give them the veneer of legitimacy. Not only have his claims been documented to be wrong […]

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Posted in British Columbia, Events5 Comments