All Posts Tagged With "Science"

Irish Company Solves World Hunger, Climate Change, Small Chickens

Irish Company Solves World Hunger, Climate Change, Small Chickens

02 September 2013 by Gem Newman

A news article from the Irish Independent has been making the rounds these last few days. With the cheery title of “Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides” this (almost) unbelievably credulous bit of reportage claims that a new technology developed in Ireland will solve pretty well every modern-day agricultural woe. “But how?” you […]

Read the full story

Posted in Environment, Featured, Pseudoscience, Skepticism2 Comments

Ask your insurance agent if global warming is alarming

Ask your insurance agent if global warming is alarming

29 July 2013 by Shawn Brooks

One of the internet research techniques that can be used is to sift through all the information on climate change  is to pay attention to what the stakeholders are doing. Who are the stakeholders? Some of the most important ones are: climate scientists (it’s what they do) oil companies (fossil fuel production and distribution costs could […]

Read the full story

Posted in Canada, Environment, ScienceComments Off

cesar-millan

Getting Skeptical of the Dog Whisperer

13 July 2012 by Ethan Clow

As a dog owner I have frequently heard of César Millán the Dog Whisperer. Millán is a Mexican-American dog trainer, best known for his National Geographic TV show, The Dog Whisperer, in which he rehabilitates trouble dogs. Here is a typical video showing what Millán does with aggressive dogs. When watching his show, one can’t […]

Read the full story

Posted in Media, Skepticism25 Comments

Science and Media: A Love Story

Science and Media: A Love Story

08 December 2011 by Richelle McCullough

Over the course of my graduate degree, I slowly became more and more aware of the bad information in the media about science, ultimately leading to my interest in the skeptical movement. When I decided to a talk at Skepticamp Winnipeg 2011, I realized that I needed to address the way science exists in the […]

Read the full story

Posted in Media, Prairies1 Comment

Extraordinary health claims about Farmers’ Market foods

Extraordinary health claims about Farmers’ Market foods

07 December 2011 by Richelle McCullough

Image credit: B Tal Near my house in Winnipeg, there’s a summertime Farmer’s Market that I used to go to every weekend to buy fresh local fruits, vegetables and honey. I grew up in rural farming communities and come from a long line of farmers, so I like supporting the little guys who still run family […]

Read the full story

Posted in Alternative Medicine, Diet and Nutrition, Prairies16 Comments

trex

Naturopathy: Science-based or not?

01 October 2011 by Kim Hebert

(Photo by monkeywing.) Pictured: An actual homeopathic remedy. I am not kidding. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has drawn criticism recently for their bizarrely-worded policy proposal regarding alternative medicine, most notably from the Canadian Medical Association (general organization feedback here). Common concerns were that the policy is insufficiently objective and science-based, […]

Read the full story

Posted in Alberta, Alternative Medicine, British Columbia, Canada, Health16 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. […]

Read the full story

Posted in Critical Thinking, Diet and Nutrition, Science14 Comments

scary_science

Book Review: Scary Science

29 December 2010 by Marion Kilgour

I recently moved into a new place and, for the first time since I moved out of my parent’s house for university, I have enough room to unpack all of my books. One that I pulled out of the box of beloved children’s books was Scary Science: The Truth Behind Vampires, Witches, UFO’s Ghosts and […]

Read the full story

Posted in Canada, Reviews, Skepticism1 Comment

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 […]

Read the full story

Posted in Critical Thinking, History, Skepticism, Social Sciences19 Comments

IMG_0146

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 […]

Read the full story

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