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Secularism in Alberta

Posted in news, upcoming shows by Desiree on March 15, 2009

Next time we’ll be talking about the state of secularism with Cliff Erasmus, Executive Chair of the Centre for Inquiry Alberta.

With the recent launch of the “There’s Probably No God” bus ads in Calgary, atheism has hit Alberta’s mainstream media.

But why is it so important to talk about it now? What’s going on in the province that’s bringing the atheists, humanists and other secularly-focused folks out of the woodwork?

Could it be the teaching of creationism in our small-town public schools? Or the fact that megachurches from Texas have recently moved in? Or is it a product of a more general cultural shift?

Find out what Albertans are up to on the all new next Skeptically Speaking (formerly known as Q Transmissions), every Friday at 6pm on CJSR.

Note: Yes friends, we have a new name, a new format and a new website going LIVE this week! Keep checking this blog for details.

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Skeptical Music feat. a Live Studio Performance

Posted in Podcast by Desiree on March 14, 2009

The Skeptical Music podcast with guests  Omar Mouallem, Rodney Anonymous, George Hrab, Kim Barlow, and Mathias Kom is now available for download here.

A summary of the posts relating to this episode:

Sorry for the delay in getting this episode online, but special Pi Day activities demanded our scientific attention.
Stay tuned for more information on our new format, website, and more over the next few days.

Atheists in Foxholes with Paul Welke

Posted in Podcast by Desiree on March 7, 2009

The Atheists in Foxholes podcast with Paul Welke is now available for download here.

A summary of the posts relating to this episode:

Quantum Physics: Post-Show Links

Posted in links by Desiree on February 13, 2009

Thanks very much to Dr. Anton Capri for being our guest this evening. As I said earlier… buy this man’s books. 

For those of you that missed it live, the podcast will be up tomorrow.

The resources I perused before the show include:

The Elegant Universe (video)


Common Sense Quantum Physics – An entire blog devoted to QP, and author creates easy-to-understand YouTube videos on the same topic.


A Beautiful New Theory of Everything (video)


Science of Humor: Schrodinger’s Cat – Quantum Physics can be funny! Really!


Welcome to the World of Quantum Energy Healing


Interview with Deepak Chopra about QEH


NY Times article on QEH


Thanks for listening, and for the great questions! See you next week.


Next Show: Quantum Physics

Posted in upcoming shows by Desiree on February 8, 2009

Next episode we’ll be talking to Dr. Anton Capri about Quantum Physics.

Do you know anything about quantum physics? Well neither do we.

Do the words “String Theory” and “The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle” make you want to curl up in the fetal position?

Can we really use “energy” to cure diseases, quit smoking, and make our mothers love us?

Let’s see what the science says.

So put down that Deepak Chopra book, and tune into the next Q Transmissions.

Evolution: Post-show Links

Posted in links by Desiree on February 6, 2009

Thanks so much to Greg Laden for being out guest. Everyone absolutely should check out this man’s blog, if you aren’t already a rabid follower, here

And psst… he has a new blog project with some other lovely people. Visit it here.

The links I used for today’s show were:

PBS Evolution FAQ
Talk Origins Creation/Evolution FAQ
“Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher” from a creationist website

And if you’d like to peruse the University of Alberta’s Darwin Day offerings, go here.

Thanks for listening!

Next Show: Evolution

Posted in upcoming shows by Desiree on February 1, 2009

This week we’ll be speaking with Dr. Greg Laden, scienceblogger and and biological anthropologist, about evolution. 

According to a 2007 poll by Angus Reid Strategies, most Canadians accept the theory of evolution.

59 per cent of respondents think human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years. 22 per cent believe god created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years, and 19 per cent aren’t sure.

Whichever percentage you’re a part of, Dr. Laden will be live on air to answer all your questions. 

And he went to Harvard, so he knows

See you Friday at 6pm!

PZ Myers: Post-show links and such

Posted in links, news by Desiree on January 23, 2009

Thanks again to PZ for being a wonderful guest and allowing me to keep him on the phone for over an hour.

Here’s some information about the debate:

Does God Exist – Featuring PZ Myers and Kirk Durston
Monday, January 26, 2009
5:30pm – 7:30pm
ETLC E1-001 University of Alberta
The cost for students is $2, non-students, $5. CFI Friends of the Center are free. All profits will be donated to a local charity.
For more information, visit the University of Alberta Atheists and Agnostics website here.

Directions to the event from a kind campus-based skeptic:

If you are coming by car the best place to park would be Windsor Car Park, which is on 116 st and 92 ave. Outside, you’ll see NINT and Chemical Materials Engineering. If you walk between the two of them, ETLC will be the first building on your right, after Chemical Materials Engineering.

If you are coming by bus, get off by St Joseph’s College, the first stop after the bus turns left past the Butterdome. Keep SUB on your left and follow the outside wall until you are on the far side and can see Agriculture and Forestry Centre. Keep AgFor on your left and follow a wide road toward the Computer Science Centre. Follow the road between CSC and AgFor and ETLC should be straight ahead.

Adventurous or cold attendees can enter SUB and try to follow the pedways to ETLC.

It sounds a little confusing, but that’s just how the place is laid out. All of the buildings should have signs posted outside them though, and there is a map here. ETLC is in C3/D3.

PZ will actually be in Calgary on Sunday, before he hits Edmonton. Find out more about his lecture on protecting evolution education in public schools here.

The JREF post I mentioned before the interview, about Obama’s inauguration speech,  is here.

Update: you can listen to this episode online here.

Next Show: Interview with Dr. PZ Myers

Posted in upcoming shows by Desiree on January 18, 2009

Next episode we’ll be speaking to Dr. PZ Myers, author of the scienceblog Pharyngula: evolution, development, and random biological ejaculations from a godless liberal.

We’ll be speaking to PZ about creationism, the existence of god and being an outspoken atheist in an increasingly fundamentalist society.

Join us on the next Q Transmissions, every Friday at 6pm on CJSR.

Paranormal Investigations: Post-show Links and Contest Winner

Posted in contests, links by Desiree on January 16, 2009

As announced on tonight’s show, the people have spoken and we have a winner in the Fervent Unbeliever Song Contest!

The first-place ribbon goes to Entry 4, the Leonard Cohen-esque rendition sung by David Climenhaga. Congratulations, David! Honorable mention goes to Entry 2, sung by Q Transmissions uberfan Nathan. To listen to those entries again, head back to the original entries page here.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and voted. That was fun.  🙂

On to tonight’s show… thanks so much to the E.C.H.O.E.S team for being with us. You can definitely look forward to an upcoming show where Heather and I head out with crew for an investigation. Here’s tonight’s link round-up.

ECHOES website

Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) article on Ghosthunters

Ghosthunters International website

About.com article on orbs by a paranormal expert

Ghost Photos: A Close Look at the Paranormal

CSICOP article on Electronic Voice Phenomenon

Electromagnetic Field Meters

Study: Speech Recognition Without Traditional Speech Cues

And now to rush home and watch BSG. Woot!

Update: you can listen to this episode online here.