The protests will show that ‘There’s Nothing In Homeopathy’, as homeopathic remedies available on the shelves of pharmacies and from private practitioners contain none of the natural ingredients they are supposedly based on, and have been shown by clinical trials to be no more effective than water.
Below are the links to each event:
Kitchener-Waterloo: Feb. 6th 1300 at Kitchener City Hall
News, notes and video about the events will be available on the 10:23 Canada blog site here.
Also, we’ve added an official “CFI Response to Homeopathy Supporters”
Extraordinary Claims Examined: Psychics, Homeopathy and Christ
- Friday, January 21st 2011 at 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
University of Toronto – MacLeod Auditorium – 1 King’s College Circle, Room 2158
To officially launch CFI Canada’s Extraordinary Claims campaign we will be hosting a panel discussion exploring three extraordinary claims: Psychics, Homeopathy and Christ. Professor James Alcock of York University will address Psychics, Dr. Iain Martel of the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism (CASS) will analyze Homeopathy and John Loftus, a former Christian Minister and apologist, will take on Christ.
The night will be moderated by Michael Kruse, co-chair of CASS.
$8, $5 for students and FREE for CFI Members. Click here to become a CFI member.
To purchase advanced tickets, click here and scroll towards the bottom.
Members only reception is at 5:30 p.m. at CFI Ontario (216 Beverly St.).
James E. Alcock is Professor of Psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is the author of two critical books dealing with psychology and the paranormal “Parapsychology: Science or magic?” and “Science and Supernature”. He is co-editor of “Psi Wars”, co-author of a textbook of social psychology and author of fifteen book chapters and numerous articles and papers. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Skeptical Inquirer, The Skeptic Magazine (Great Britain), The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine; and the Council for Scientific Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, and is a Consulting Editor of The Journal of Near-death Studies. He is a founding Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, now known as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), and is a member of its Executive Council.
John W. Loftus is a former Christian minister and apologist with M.A., M.Div., and Th.M. degrees in Philosophy, Theology, and the Philosophy of Religion from Lincoln Christian Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. John is the founder of the popular blog “Debunking Christianity” which has gained quite a following. He is the author of the book, Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity and he has edited a forthcoming book titled: The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, to be published with Prometheus Books in 2010.
Iain Martel is a former lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Toronto, where he taught courses in Logic and the Philosophy of Science. With a B.A. in Physics and Philosophy and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, his academic research focuses on the metaphysics of physics. As co-chair of the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism and member of CFI Canada’s National Executive Council, he now applies his critical thinking skills to debunking pseudoscientific claims in the public sphere.
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Official Launch of
7 pm, Friday November 19 2010
@ CFI Ontario: 216 Beverley Street, Toronto ON (just south of College and St. George)
CFI Members Only! Click here to become a Member.
To officially launch CFI Canada’s Extraordinary Claims campaign we will be hosting a Members-Only reception where the streetcar ads, website and merchandise for the campaign will be unveiled. Toasts will be given by representatives of the Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism, Canadian Secular Alliance and the Centre for Inquiry Science Advisers.
CFI Canada’s Extraordinary Claims Campaign will feature bus ads, educational events and online discussions to challenge well-known and widely believed claims by demanding evidence as extraordinary as the claims themselves.
Food and drinks will be provided.
CFI Ottawa Presents:
In Search of Time
7:30 PM, Friday November 19, 2010
@ Ottawa Citizen Conference Room, 1101 Baxter Road Ottawa ON
Time is at once intimately familiar and yet deeply mysterious. It is thoroughly intangible: we say it flows like a river – yet when we try to examine that flow, the river seems reduced to a mirage. No wonder philosophers, poets, and scientists from Aristotle to Einstein have grappled with the enigma of time for centuries.
In his latest book, In Search of Time: Journeys along a Curious Dimension (McClelland & Stewart), science journalist Dan Falk explores some of the most intriguing aspects of time. In this illustrated talk, Dan will show how our ancestors first learned to measure time; how Newton and Leibniz argued over its nature; how Einstein linked time and space; along with a brief look at the physics of time travel and the paradoxes it seems to entail.
For more info, click here!
The Skeptic’s Guide
2:30 PM, Saturday November 20 2010
@ University of British Columbia’s Hebb Theatre, 2045 East Mall, Vancouver BC
CFI Vancouver is proud to present a live show of the long-running and highly popular science podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, with music by special guest George Hrab!
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe started over 5 years ago with a small audience and modest goals. Since then it has become a favourite of the skeptical community with over 100,000 downloads per week. With more than 270 episodes over 5 years, the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe is one of the oldest and most widely listened to skeptical podcasts on the Internet and has been the introduction to skepticism for tens of thousands of people.
Host of the podcast, Dr. Steven Novella, along with three of his usual “skeptical rogues”, Bob Novella, Evan Bernstein, and Jay Novella, will be in Vancouver to record an episode of their podcast in front of a live audience.
CFI Montreal Presents:
Spooky Science: Quantum Mechanics
Where You’d Least Expect It
with Professor Bill Coish
7 pm, Thursday December 9 2010
@ McGill University, Arts West, Room 120, Montreal QC
CFI Members FREE, Students $5, General $7
This event will mark the official launch of the Centre for Inquiry Canada ‘s Extraordinary Claims Campaign which will challenge well-known and widely believed claims by demanding evidence as extraordinary as the claims themselves. In this spirit, quantum mechanics makes some extraordinary claims, but unlike supernatural claims, it does provide ample evidence for them. In fact, quantum mechanics and particle physics make the most accurate predictions in all science. Join us for a journey through the spookiest and most counter-intuitive aspects of reality.