Here’s your Canadian Atheist Weekly Update for 15-Jul-2017 to 21-Jul-2017.
Angus Reid Institute has published the results of a survey about Canadians’ beliefs in various conspiracy theories: “Extra-Terrestrials and other Stranger Things: Four-in-Five Canadians believe”. Now, don’t be misled by the report’s title… or the report’s content. The ARI write-up is mind-bogglingly stupid, compared to the actual results. The actual … Continue reading
Superstition has always been a word that has represented for me the mostly laughable, absurd and meaningless quirks of personality in people I’ve known. Rituals, observances and attitudes that were mostly harmless and mostly forgettable. Like most people (I think), I have tended to ignore and sometimes humour other people’s superstitions. My attitude of … Continue reading
Ruth Margolis is correct when she accuses modern parents of having a snake oil problem, a problem that’s “not just vaccines.” Although Margolis’ article focuses on the the behaviour “affluent and educated” parents in her Brooklyn neighborhood, questionable theories on health care for children can be found in any neighborhood … Continue reading
I’m not a big fan of Whole Foods (aka Whole Paycheque). It has, quite reasonably, been called a “Temple of Pseudoscience“, for its consistent peddling of all kinds of woo. They sell you everything you need to get the bad stuff out (with their assortment of intestinal cleanses), and then … Continue reading
When the new gods and the old meet to battle in Neil Gaiman’s book, American Gods, one new god appears as a tumour with scalpels sticking out of it. It seems uncanny to suggest that a tumour belongs in a pantheon of new deities but, we do tend to treat … Continue reading