Science Education

Jargon: Hominids (Great Apes, including us)

Hominids: members of the phylogenetic family Hominidae, which includes chimpanzees, orang-utans, bonobos, gorillas, and humans (as well as extinct related forms). What do hominids have in common? Relatively large bodies, long arms and, importantly, no tail. Hominids can also use their hands to gather food and sometimes to use tools. The prefix “homo-” can mean … Continue reading

Four “Facts” I Learned at the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium
Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Four “Facts” I Learned at the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium

The 2013 edition of the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium is now over. It was quite the whirlwind for me (for reasons that will become clear in the coming weeks). I met some amazing people, learned a lot about common scientific misconceptions, and felt a certain relief at being surrounded by a large group of … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Read: Joe Schwarcz on Why Not All Facts Are Created Equal

As a prelude to this year’s Lorne Trottier Symposium on Public Science, I encourage you to take a look at Joe Schwarcz’s latest article in The Montreal Gazette. Here’s an excerpt: “In science we don’t cherry pick. We shake the tree, collect all the cherries, mash them together and then taste. And that’s just what … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Attend: Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium in Montreal

Every year, Lorne Trottier, McGill University alumnus and benefactor, in collaboration with Joe “Dr. Joe” Schwarcz‘s Office for Science and Society, organizes a fantastic, two-night symposium with stellar guest speakers who come to talk to the public on topics pertaining to pseudoscience, scientific research, health care, etc., essentially blowing away the fog of misinformation on … Continue reading