All Posts Tagged With "Skepticism"

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Talking about Ghosts

08 September 2011 by Ethan Clow

Earlier in the week, I discussed how to talk about ghost on Radio Freethinker. It’s a topic that I’ve thought about for a while and there’s a possibility that my advice might serve other skeptics out there. I have several family members who believe in ghosts and have their own unique ghostly experiences they like […]

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Posted in Critical Thinking, Paranormal, Science, Skepticism11 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

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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A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 5

A Skeptic’s Guide to Magical Thinking – Part 5

29 October 2010 by Erik Davis

This is the final installment of my five-part series on Magical Thinking, which began on Monday to elaborate on the themes of my talk at  Skepticamp Toronto last weekend. Previous installments: Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4. Engaging the Non-Skeptic Hang around the skeptical community long enough, and you’ll inevitably […]

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Posted in Alternative Medicine, Cognition, Critical Thinking, Science, Skepticism3 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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The Skepticism is Strong with This One…

The Skepticism is Strong with This One…

15 September 2010 by Sara E. Mayhew

Sometimes, in a world full of irrational thought and credulity, a skeptic can feel overwhelmed–alone in a storm of mysticism and pseudoscience. Like Luke Skywalker collapsed in a whiteout, I find myself wishing for a blue-Jedi apparition of Carl Sagan, the Obi-wan Kenobi of skepticism! Luke, you’ll find many of the truths we cling to […]

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“Skepticism Through Manga” in Montreal

“Skepticism Through Manga” in Montreal

07 August 2010 by Sara E. Mayhew

"Skepticism Through Manga" at Montreal's annual anime convention, Otakuthon, 9-10pm on Friday, Aug. 13th, presented by Sara E. Mayhew. Cost to enter the convention on Friday is $20. The convention takes place at the Palais des Congrèss de Montreal. Attention all Montreal skeptics! Come check out my panel and then join me afterwards for a skeptic meetup; The plans are to meet after the panel (which ends at 10pm) at the Suite 701 Lounge, not far from the convention...

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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