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General topics on what skepticism is and how to be skeptical

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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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
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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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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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Cellphones, Brain Cancer and the Interphone Study

The topic of cellphones and brain cancer has come up a couple of times in our forum over the last few months.  In one thread, Hang up your Cell Phone in TO, BillC discussed a CBC article about Toronto Public … Continue reading

02. November 2008 by barry
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Are Skeptics Closed Minded?

Here at Ottawa Skeptics, we encounter all sorts of strange claims and ideas.  Being skeptics, we tend to doubt first, until the evidence sways us.  That’s the basis of skepticism.  Unfortunately, this does not sit well with many claim proponents.  … Continue reading

07. July 2008 by Jon
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TAM 6 Highlights

One percent of all skeptics are members of Ottawa Skeptics … or at least, that’s my extrapolation from TAM 6 attendance.  It might be a bit of a generalization.   Held at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, TAM 6 … Continue reading

28. June 2008 by barry
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Great Unsolved Mysteries of Canada and Critical Thinking

Skeptics readily associate critical thinking with science.  After all, skeptics typically confront pseudoscientific claims, and critical thinking is the foundation of the scientific method.  Yet, no skeptic would deny that critical thinking is applicable to all other academic disciplines. As … Continue reading

13. April 2008 by barry
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Internet Addiction, Comic Books and Chinese Cultural Assimilation

How would you know if you have Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD)?  Are you avoiding going out in order to use the Internet more?  Do you find yourself dreaming or fantasizing about the Internet?  Have you noticed your fingers are making … Continue reading

05. April 2008 by barry
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Getting the Public to Pay Attention to Good Science

Ars Technica has written an excellent article about the difficulties of determining good science from pseudo-science in the internet age. I recommend that everyone go and read it, it’s excellent. Here’s a sample: The importance of quality information was driven … Continue reading

27. February 2008 by Jon
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