The use and abuse of science in editorial

I approve of science. I approve of evidence and research. By and large and in the long run, science reveals the facts or transparently fails to do so. Along the way we make mistakes, get things wrong, get our hands dirty and learn that stuff is often really complicated. And I also approve of journalists...

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See the veil for what it is: further reflections

I read Dan Gardner's column in the Ottawa Citizen on Wednesday and, dissatisfied with his analysis, wrote a blog post reviewing some of his errors in judgement. During that time I had some opportunity to engage directly with Gardner via Twitter as well as with some others on the issues surrounding his column...

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Is Christmas a myth?

Is Christmas a myth? Is Christmas essentially Christian? If so, is Christianity essentially a myth? Does Jesus or Santa Claus want us to keep killing civilians in Afghanistan? All good questions...

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Making Tim Ball

This is a story about one of my moments of glory. Some of you know that some  years ago I was fundraising for Greenpeace. One particularly cold winter day, I engaged a passerby in a conversation about global warming. The…

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Cognitive maps, hurray!

It seems like yesterday that I was writing my thesis and exploring my love of cognitive maps and mental models. I was doing this as a way of making peace with my competing sympathies for scientific realism and linguistic or…

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