Anti-SciencePhilosophySkepticism

What should we value more – experience or knowledge?

  My stepfather is a 60 year old retired minister of the United Church. His shtick is helping old people find meaning in life and discovering ways to “age well”. He is pretty well-read, was university educated, which, coupled with his personality and the fact that he has been in …

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Anti-ScienceParanormalPhilosophyReligion and Spirituality

Spirit Science: Second Opinion

Back in April, I criticized a video series titled ‘Spirit Science’ that defied the nomenclature it had adopted by denying scientific practices and continues to this day trying to convince its viewers that they can manipulate reality through their thoughts through wordplay that bastardizes scientific concepts and squashes them  in …

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Irrationality and Emotions

So last weekend at Skepticon I have been having an absolutely fabulous time hearing speakers, going to workshops and hanging out with generally awesome people. Over the course of the weekend, I noticed a couple of themes cropping up, and one of them is extremely important to me. Stephanie and …

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Is Doctor Who A Religion?

It’s an interesting point put forward by PBS’ Mike Rugnetta on the Idea Channel. Doctor Who’s exuberant following, fairly consistent moral judgments, and common symbolism are all called into question when comparing it to religions. I know that my fellow atheist Whovians may be put off by the comparison–but let’s …

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Philosophy

Morality, It Exists?

Hello, all! I took a mental health break for a while, but now I’m back and ready to talk about things that are way too serious and boring! A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a new friend pondering the existence of an objective morality. To begin with, …

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PhilosophyScience

Systems Thinking Part 3: Practice

I used to love it when people would ask me “what do you take at school?” and I would proudly say “environmental science!” because I really feel good doing work about environmental issues. But now, as I’ve fallen further and further into the academic rabbit hole… my answer has become …

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Philosophy

Systems Thinking Part 2: Methodology

Once you understand the philosophy of systems theory then it is time to move on to find a methodology for using that philosophy. There are so many methods in systems theory. It can be used for businesses, engineering, social problems, education… etc etc etc. The applications of systems theory are …

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Philosophy

Systems Thinking Part 1: Philosophy

Students in my faculty of environmental studies are often presented with romantic ideas of interconnectedness, interdisciplinary approaches to their work and working within a worldview that counters traditional analytical and reductionist science. Unfortunately, instead of rigorously looking at what is wrong with traditional scientific approaches in their work, fixing it …

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