All Posts Tagged With "Pseudoscience"

Naturopathy Education in Canada

Naturopathy Education in Canada

06 September 2011 by John Underhay

  According to the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (ND), there are approximately 1500 NDs practising in Canada. The Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) is the accreditation body for NDs and lists the following schools: The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (New Westminster, British Columbia) The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, Ontario) The […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada123 Comments

Watching Water Boil

Watching Water Boil

30 August 2011 by Marion Kilgour

Recently, I stopped adding salt to my water for cooking pasta. I had always been told by my mother that adding salt makes the water boil faster…but everything seemed to be taking the same amount of time. This seemed like something I hadn’t thought about before but could now easily apply some critical thinking to. […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Diet and Nutrition, Science14 Comments

No Science, No Choice: Children’s Vulnerability to CAM and Pseudoscience

No Science, No Choice: Children’s Vulnerability to CAM and Pseudoscience

11 August 2011 by Dianne Sousa

Some time ago, Skeptic North reviewed an episode of CBC’s Marketplace that focused on homeopathy. The program featured a parent that opted to use homeopathic vaccines instead of real vaccines. I suspected that the parent was genuinely misinformed about vaccines and homeopathy, and noted in the comments that since as a result of the program, […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Featured, Health Policy, Medicinal Advertising, Pseudoscience, Skepticism12 Comments

CBC Marketplace Investigates Homeopathy: A Review

CBC Marketplace Investigates Homeopathy: A Review

14 January 2011 by Kim Hebert

Benefiting from the Atlantic Time Zone, I got to be one of the first to watch CBC Marketplace on Friday night (darn you, Newfoundland!) where they covered the topic of homeopathy. Here are my impressions. First, I want to praise Marketplace for not offering false balance on the issue. Homeopathy is not something about which […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Canada, Health, Media, Pseudoscience, Reviews40 Comments

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 1

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 1

25 October 2010 by Erik Davis

Just in time for Halloween, I’ll be presenting a five-part series on Magical Thinking that will run from Monday – Friday of this week, picking up on the theme of my talk at Skepticamp Toronto last weekend.  The first instalment is below: Toward an Ontology of Magical Thinking A few months ago, I wrote an […]

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Posted in Cognition, Critical Thinking, Skepticism8 Comments

The Demon-Haunted World

Book Review: “The Demon-Haunted World” by Carl Sagan

01 October 2010 by Melany Hamill

Carl Sagan was a champion of science. He made physics and astronomy accessible to everyone, and did it in a way that inspired hope and wonder. He was also a well-known skeptic, but he was not known as a debunker. In the The Demon-Haunted World, however, he pulls no punches while challenging superstitious beliefs. The […]

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The Spooky Pull of Sympathetic Magic

The Spooky Pull of Sympathetic Magic

16 August 2010 by Erik Davis

Ethan’s recent article on the best way for skeptics to dialogue with non-skeptics definitely hit home, and is something I’ve struggled with.  Being confrontational is tempting — after all, who doesn’t love to prove how right they are?  I am certainly sympathetic to the view presented in the comments by some readers that good manners […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Pseudoscience, Skepticism7 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

Reflexology and Homunculus Theories of the Body

Reflexology and Homunculus Theories of the Body

18 March 2010 by Kim Hebert

There is a reflexologist in my area offering services to: Promote relaxation and release of tension Improve lymphatic and cardiovascular circulation Maintain or reestablish the body’s natural state of balance Increase energy, inner peace, clear senses, clarity of mind, feeling more centered and balanced Releases endorphins, relaxes the parasympathetic nervous system, and do something vague […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine2 Comments

Run Your Car off Water!

16 March 2010 by Marion Kilgour

I was chatting with the nice man who runs the photography studio near my house the other day, and somehow our conversation wandered into the environment. He proudly informed me that he had converted his car, by himself, to use hydrogen as fuel. The mechanical engineer in me made me lean forward a bit with […]

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