Daily Archives: May 21, 2010

Should Skeptics Repress Freedom of Speech in Canada!?!?

OK, before you answer, I’m going to tell you what I think. No. But that is not what is going on here (my snarky title is designed to get the attention of the usual suspects who will decry what is going on at Sandwalk Blog as repression). What is going on is a community of science-oriented people asking the Royal Ontario Museum to be more responsible and thoughtful in their programming.

We at the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) at the Centre for Inquiry (Canada) and its supporters were dismayed to learn that the Royal Ontario Museum will be sponsoring a talk by Deepak Chopra at the University of Toronto in connection with the Director’s Signature Series: The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army.

Just go read the Letter that Larry Moran has posted. It is a good letter and you should add your signature to it. The letter is here.


I recently watched this film for the first time since I was a little kid. The plot is much more nuanced than I had realized at the time.

Interesting mixture of science and religion.

A hail storm of biblical proportions

When I was first in the Ituri Forest, I Noticed there were many kinds of plantains grown in the gardens there They varied by size and shape. One version seemed to have numerous black spots on the outside. When asking what it was called, I found its name was the same as the variety without the black spots. Eventually, someone realized that I was asking the wrong question, and gave me the explanation I was unknowingly looking for: “The ones with the black spots were the ones at a certain ripening stage during a storm in which rocks made of water in the form of what you call ice cream, sort of”

That is how you say “hail damage” in a tropical country in a a shared language with limited vocabulary in that shared language for frozen things.

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