All Posts Tagged With "Science"

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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Judge Gets the Science Right

Judge Gets the Science Right

15 September 2010 by Marion Kilgour

Back in November, I wrote a post about Canadian Blood Services (CBS), and their indefinite ban on donations from men who have had sex with men (MSM). The point of the post was that an indefinite ban is not supported by science. Well, the ruling for Canadian Blood Services v. Kyle Freeman is in, and […]

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Looking under the hood of intelligent design

11 August 2010 by Jeff Orchard

There is a cultural debate going on, intelligent design versus the theory of evolution.  But some are adamant that it’s a scientific debate.  Is it?  Let’s look at the details. What is evolution? The theory of evolution was initially proposed in 1859 by Sir Charles Darwin in his book “On the Origin of Species”. The […]

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Allergic to Risk Analysis

17 June 2010 by Erik Davis

I’ve come to expect robust skeptical discussion in online forums like this one, but I was encouraged last week to witness some of it “in the field”, as an anthropologist might say. I was doing my regular morning grade school drop-off, when I chanced to overhear a debate between my son’s kindergarten teacher and the […]

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Posted in Canada, Critical Thinking, Health, Health Policy, Medical Conditions, Ontario, Probability and Statistics, Science, Skepticism20 Comments

The “Western” Pejorative

09 December 2009 by Kim Hebert

Science is the skilled study of facts – predictable, falsifiable observations in nature. I always thought that was non-racial. But somewhere along the way the terms “Western” and “Eastern” cropped up, distinguished from each other yet allegedly two sides of the same coin. Alternatives. We see this in medicine now with the popularization of Complementary […]

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What is/isn’t a randomized controlled trial?

What is/isn’t a randomized controlled trial?

02 December 2009 by Kim Hebert

I thought it would be useful to explain exactly what is a randomized controlled trial (also called randomized clinical trial; RCT) and what are the different “levels of evidence” in science-based medicine research. For people who aren’t or haven’t before been involved in research, these terms can be confusing and the exact definitions and procedures […]

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What’s in Your Newspaper?

28 November 2009 by Ethan Clow

Poor journalism drives me up the wall. As a Vancouverite I’m often left speechless at the level of journalistic integrity I encounter in my city and province. For those of you who are wondering journalistic integrity basically amounts to doing due diligence on the facts. Reporting on issues that of importance to the reader and […]

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Canadian Blood Services vs. Kyle Freeman

10 November 2009 by Marion Kilgour

About a month ago, I heard about a lawsuit and countersuit between Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and Kyle Freeman and realized that, even though the case deals with everything from public perception to reasonable limits of people’s rights, science would be a large part of it. Kyle Freeman is gay, and donated blood regularly. To […]

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