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Gary Goodyear Petition

Ottawa Skeptics is about promoting quality science.   Advocating the teaching of science in our schools, testing the unscientific claims of people and products, insisting on the use of good science in decision making. Canada’s Minister of State for Science and … Continue reading

13. April 2009 by Jon
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Judging a Theory – The Great Pyramid of Giza

There are many people that claim to have solved centuries old mysteries, or to have overturned well established scientific theories. Most often, these people are just plain wrong and are not worth anyone’s time. But what if they’re not wrong? … Continue reading

08. April 2009 by Jon
Categories: Skepticism, Topics | 5 comments

Open-mindedness

Scienc-Based Medicine today features a video by QualiaSoup entitled Open-mindedness. It’s a great explanation of what skeptics mean when they say that they are open-minded. It also demonstrates the logical fallacy made by true believers when they call skeptics close-minded … Continue reading

05. April 2009 by barry
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Dr. Joe Takes Aim at Vitamins

The British Heart Protection study was a large, randomized controlled run which indicated that vitamins made little difference in modifying cardiovascular risk.    Research carried out by Copenhagen University concluded that antioxidants actually appeared to increase mortality. The Women’s Health … Continue reading

31. March 2009 by Pat
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Ottawa Skeptic Visits SDARI

If you deduced from the title that one of us had been abducted to an alien planet, then I’m sorry to disappoint you. SDARI is not “an ugly planet. A BUG planet! A planet hostile to life …” That, of … Continue reading

15. March 2009 by barry
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A Primer on Sylvia Browne

Andrew Krystal of Maritime Mornings on Halifax radio station News 95.7 is interviewing Sylvia Browne on Wednesday, and Jon has been asked to provide “the reality check“, although the radio show producer probably said “skeptical response”. We will post an … Continue reading

11. March 2009 by barry
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Watching the Coming Predictions – Prognostication by Film

Last week, the Sympatico/MSN home page had a fun article called When Hollywood Predicts the Future. The article featured six movies and TV shows that have allegedly forecasted, not just general trends, but specific events. As it was a light-hearted … Continue reading

16. February 2009 by barry
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Happy Friday the 13th!

Today is Friday the 13th, a day many people believe to be a day of bad luck. The fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, a mash up of the (mostly Greek) words “fear,” “13” and “friday.”  According to … Continue reading

13. February 2009 by Pat
Categories: Astrology and Superstition, Topics | 9 comments

Happy Darwin Day!

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.  February 12th is Darwin Day, an international celebration of science and the life and contributions of the man born in 1908. Darwin first described biological evolution via natural selection … Continue reading

12. February 2009 by patandjon
Categories: Evolution Denial, Topics | 1 comment

Is Bill C-6 the New Bill C-51?

Panic!! Big Pharma is coming! Big Pharma is coming! Or so I was led to believe from my Google Alerts this week: “BILL C6 – The Canadian Governments Plan To Outlaw YOUR GOOD HEALTH” “Bill C-51 Not In Your Reality? … Continue reading

08. February 2009 by barry
Categories: Alt. Med, Topics | 5 comments

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