"Let it be remembered that all churches have persecuted heretics to the extent of their power. Toleration has increased only when and where the power of the church has diminished"
- Robert Green Ingersoll 1874
The Ottawa Skeptics aim to promote the use of the scientific method, critical thinking and rational thought in our community. Ottawa Skeptics supports high standards of scientific integrity, academic freedom and the free exchange of ideas. We have one bias: Science is the best method for determining objective truth.
Please contact us if you have any questions or information about local strange occurrences or claims. We enjoy researching and answering people's questions about the paranormal, conspiracy theories, alternative medicine, and other issues that are 'on the fringe' of science.
The Ottawa Skeptics produce a weekly 45 minute podcast called The Reality Check that explores skepticism, scientific controversies and curiosities. We also hold regular events; if you live in the Ottawa region and would like to join us, please feel free to come along. Upcoming meetings are announced on facebook and of course right here in this meetup group.
We run a monthly Skeptics in the Pub meeting (in the spirit of Café Scientifique) which takes place on the second Sunday of each month. Although it is typically held in a pub, our events are family friendly. Children and infants are welcome!
Past topics have included:
Dr. Leslie Sage of Nature on why astronomy matters
Alternative Fuels: How to Drive to the Grocery Store Without Killing Everyone On The Planet
The science of names
Intravenous Treatment for Multiple Ailments: Panacea or Fleecing of the Gullible
Dr Yoni Freedhoff: weight loss myths
Debunking common climate change denial myths
Justin Trottier: "The New Age Movement & Science: A Love-Hate Relationship"
The likelihood of alien life evolving on other planets
Why evolution is true
Homeopathy: the dilution delusion
In addition to the monthly talks, we hold regular Drinking Skeptically social events, a Science-Based Pub Quiz every three months or more, an annual Darwin Day celebration and a Skepticamp. In 2011, we staged a mass homeopathic overdose on Parliament Hill. There were no fatalities.