Interview with Dr. Joe Schwarcz on Within Reason
Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Interview with Dr. Joe Schwarcz on Within Reason

Readers of this blog probably know that I also have a monthly podcast entitled Within Reason, which explores contentious issues from a rational perspective. While the topics are not always science-related, our latest episode features Dr. Joe Schwarcz, director of the Office for Science and Society at McGill University, on the subject of chemophobia. We talked … Continue reading

Book Review: Is That a Fact? by Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Book Review: Is That a Fact? by Dr. Joe Schwarcz

Three words fly in my head in a tight formation, constantly looping back to my consciousness as I watch the video: “such a shame.” The video is one of the many amateurish agglomerations of stills and monotonous voice-over narration that seem to populate the skeptical trenches of YouTube. My friend Andrew, whom fans of our … Continue reading

CRTKL: The Critical Reasoning Tool Kit Lecture (McGill, April 9, *ROOM CHANGE*)
Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

CRTKL: The Critical Reasoning Tool Kit Lecture (McGill, April 9, *ROOM CHANGE*)

I have been graciously invited by the brand-spankin’-new Freethought Association at McGill to give a talk in the evening of April 9 on critical thinking skills. Why me? I used to head the Montreal chapter of the Centre for Inquiry; I have a background in biochemistry, molecular biology, and human genetics; and as one of the … Continue reading

Pseudoscience

When Nature Recalls: Would You Like a Boner with Your Green Algae? How About Taking Up Smoking?

A natural product is not de facto a safe product. As part of our on-going coverage of natural product recalls by Health Canada, we take a look at unwanted erections associated with all-natural weight loss. To be fair, Health Canada has not received any adverse reactions reports from consumers who bought and ingested Crane Beauty … Continue reading

Science Criticism

Read: Dr. John Ioannidis on Why You Shouldn’t Trust Scientific Findings (But Science Is Still Awesome!)

Dr. Ioannidis is a hero of mine. In fact, he’s a hero of many a scientist who has found him- or herself shaking their heads upon finding out how the contemporary scientific establishment functions. He came to Montreal in October to give a public science talk on the lack of reproducibility in the scientific literature. … Continue reading

Anti-Oxidants, Miracle Diets, and the Magic of Yoga: How to Be Fit and Healthy According to Science
Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Anti-Oxidants, Miracle Diets, and the Magic of Yoga: How to Be Fit and Healthy According to Science

As you may or may not know, I host a monthly podcast, Within Reason, with a fellow Montreal-based skeptic, Andrew Cody. This month, on Within Reason, your monthly rational podcast on contentious issues, we tackle the pernicious myths surrounding the fitness industry. Can you lose weight permanently? Do you deserve an after-run muffin and latte? … Continue reading

Science Criticism

Read: Margaret Wente on Why Nutrition Science Has Failed Us

A great piece in the Globe and Mail, brought to my attention by André Picard (@PicardonHealth), on vitamins, antioxidants, and other “scientifically-proven wundersupplements”. Are they worth the hype? “As Mr. Archer writes in an opinion piece published in The Scientist, “there is a large body of evidence demonstrating that the systematic misreporting of energy and macronutrient … Continue reading

Pseudoscience / Science Criticism / Science Education

Read: Timothy Caulfield on Stem Cell Tourism and Other Lamentable Scienceploitations

Timothy Caulfield (@CaulfieldTim), a friend of the blog and health policy expert in Alberta, wrote a terrific piece for The Walrus on recent trends in exploiting good science and vulnerable patients by promising revolutionary cures. Entitled “Blinded by Science”, the essay demonstrates how difficult it is for the public to remain skeptical in the face … Continue reading