Guest columnist Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill’s Office for Science and Society, puts the sense back into common sense. On April 7, his talk “Science and the Paranormal” opens the 2010 series of Mini-Science, “Pseudoscience: From Quirks to Quacks.” Mini-Science registration opens March 1.
Everyone should go to a magic convention at least once in their lives. You’ll be fooled and entertained as coins vanish, selected cards rise out of decks and ten dollar bills float in mid-air in front of your eyes. But most important, you’ll never look at the world the same way again. Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to foster critical thinking than to be fooled by the honest charlatans at a magic convention. (more…)