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The Inconvenient Truth About Extraterrestrial Intelligence

This past Sunday Ottawa Skeptics’ very own Dana Peters gave a fascinating talk at a local pub about extraterrestrial intelligence. It turns out there’s a lot of reasons why it will be very unlikely or difficult to come into contact … Continue reading

10. June 2010 by Jon
Categories: Topics, UFOs/Aliens | 8 comments

Canadian Government Funded Anti-Vaccine Film

The National Film Board of Canada has funded an anti-vax documentary. The English version is called “Shots in the Dark” and the French version is called “Silence, on vaccine“. The Government of Canada web site links to this film, including a … Continue reading

15. December 2009 by dana
Categories: Alt. Med, Topics | 1 comment

Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience

Is this person donating blood or conducting a personality test? At Canadian Blood Services, the answer may not be all that clear. Imagine visiting NASA’s website and finding a webpage devoted to astrology. I expect that critical viewers would find … Continue reading

01. December 2009 by barry
Categories: Alt. Med, Topics | 4 comments

October Presentation Now Online – Autism and Pseudoscience by Tim Golding

Tim Golding, step-father to a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, gives a presentation to the Ottawa Skeptics about autism, vaccines, and bogus autism treatments. It is now available online, pass it around!

28. October 2009 by Jon
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2012 – Planet X, Nibiru and DarkStar

With director Roland Emmerich’s film 2012 slated for release next month, it seems timely to write my promised article on the history of Planet X. I promised to do so in my last article which told the story of a … Continue reading

01. October 2009 by Pat
Categories: Conspiracy Theories, Topics | 8 comments

It Came Out of the Sky (and into the Ottawa River)

One of my favourite rock bands of the 60s/70s is Creedance Clearwater Revival, and one of my favourite songs of theirs is ‘It Came Out of the Sky‘. In that song, they sing about a fictional case where a mysterious … Continue reading

29. July 2009 by Jon
Categories: Topics, UFOs/Aliens | 2 comments

Does "Big Pharma" want to suppress homeopathy?

It always amuses me when the pro-homoeopathy folks say that “Big Pharma” is trying to suppress homoeopathy because they are afraid that homoeopathy will cause them to lose billions of dollars annually. The reason this amuses me is that it … Continue reading

16. July 2009 by TheSkepticCanuck
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Colbert Tweaks Zicam's Nose

Last week, the FDA, followed by Health Canada, issued consumer alerts on Zicam’s Cold Remedy nasal gel and swabs because at least 130 users reported suffering loss of the sense of smell, a medical condition called anosmia, after using the … Continue reading

25. June 2009 by barry
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Reclaiming History by Vincent Bugliosi

Vincent Bugliosi is an acclaimed lawyer and author, best known for his prosecutorial work on the Charles Manson case and for the fascinating book that followed called Helter Skelter. He’s written numerous other books, including The Prosecution of George W. … Continue reading

20. May 2009 by barry
Categories: Conspiracy Theories, Topics | 3 comments

CFI 12th World Congress

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is an international advocacy group for both skepticism and secularism that seeks “to contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of science and reason, and their applications to human conduct.” Its skepticism branch, the Committee … Continue reading

19. April 2009 by barry
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