Funny You Should Think That! 15 (November 28)

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A show of comedy, reason, and alcohol. FUNNY YOU SHOULD THINK THAT! is a monthly event (intelligently) designed to make you laugh and think. Moutons No More takes to the stage with amazing guests to get you to think more critically. It’s like the Rolls Royce of Skeptics in the Pub and just what Montreal needs. Come for the show; stay for the conversation.

This month, Isabelle brings you a show about attraction and happiness. If you wish really hard for something, will the universe give it to you? Are we made up of pure energy and will positive energy attract more of the same? Isabelle will speak with Peter Hartman, the organizer behind The Law of Attraction Montreal, on the topic of happiness. Peter and Isabelle will then be joined by a panel of skeptics to go over the claims made by the Law of Attraction: physics Ph.D. student Pierre-François Duc; Moutons No More producer and scientist Jonathan Jarry; and skeptic and jack-of-all-trades Chris Perrault.

Bookending our amazing show will be a Bollywood dance number by Isabelle and stand-up comedy by Peter Hartman and Matt Shury! Dancing, comedy, and rationality, all in one unique package.

It’s all happening on Saturday, November 28 at Pub St-Paul in Old Montreal!

You know the drill:

6:00 – 7:00: Come and order food and drinks, relax, and talk with us!

7:00 – 9:00: Moutons No More entertains you like no others with its show.

9:00 – midnight: Stick around as long as you want and talk! FYSTT is more than a show: it’s also a place to come and talk to other like-minded and on the cusp-of-being-like-minded individuals.

Pay what you can. We always ask for contributions to help us keep this the best skeptical show in town.

To RSVP through Facebook: search for “Funny You Should Think That!” in the search bar and you’ll find the event.

To RSVP through Meetup: go to http://www.meetup.com/Moutons-No-More/ and scroll down until you find the event.

On Twitter, use #FYSTT.

“Funny You Should Think That!” is best enjoyed surrounded by friends, so spread the word around and make it a group outing!

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The Body of Evidence: Your October Digest

Dr. Labos and Jonathan from The Body of Evidence

Dr. Labos and Jonathan from The Body of Evidence

The Body of Evidence looks at common medical misconceptions and aims to untangle the twisted messages around health and medicine. You can check out the website at http://www.bodyofevidence.ca. It is brought to you by Jonathan Jarry and Dr. Christopher Labos.

We have been so busy, I decided to aim for a monthly digest for our Moutons No More page. So, what has The Body of Evidence accomplished in the last month?

We’re generating a lot of content that will be of interest to people looking for reliable information on health, science, and scientific thinking, so do subscribe to our website by going to http://www.bodyofevidence.ca and typing in your email address in the subscription box on the right.

The Body of Evidence: Medicine that tastes funny and science made easy.

Photos from Funny You Should Think That! 14 (Angie)

… and here are some amazing shots from our photographer, Angie Radczenko of Ng RAD Photography:

Photos from Funny You Should Think That! 14 (Isabelle)

Our very own Isabelle Stephen snapped some shots last Sunday using the camera she won as the Grand Prize winner of McCord Museum’s latest contest.

Here are some highlights!

Funny You Should Think That! 14

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A show of comedy, reason, and alcohol. FUNNY YOU SHOULD THINK THAT! is a monthly event (intelligently) designed to make you laugh and think. Moutons No More takes to the stage with amazing guests to talk pseudoscience, lambast religion, and get you to think more critically. It’s like the Rolls Royce of Skeptics in the Pub and just what Montreal needs. Come for the show; stay for the conversation.

This month, Guy Renaud hosts a game show we are calling SUPERSTITIOUS PASSWORD. You will get a chance to come on stage and be teamed up with one of our stand-up comedians, Gina Granter and Karl Knox. Every password is linked to a particular superstition that may surprise you. Prizes to be won!

Then, we’ll show you a thought-provoking video on why people believe weird things, and we’ll end the weekend with some stand-up comedy!

It’s all happening on Sunday, October 25 at Pub St-Paul in Old Montreal!

You know the drill:

6:00 – 7:00: Come and order food and drinks, relax, and talk with us!

7:00 – 9:00: Moutons No More entertains you like no others with its show.

9:00 – midnight: Stick around as long as you want and talk! FYSTT is more than a show: it’s also a place to come and talk to other like-minded and on the cusp-of-being-like-minded individuals.

Pay what you can. We always ask for contributions to help us keep this the best skeptical show in town.

To RSVP through Facebook: search for “Funny You Should Think That!” in the search bar and you’ll find the event.

To RSVP through Meetup: go to http://www.meetup.com/Moutons-No-More/ and scroll down until you find the event.

On Twitter, use #FYSTT.

“Funny You Should Think That!” is best enjoyed surrounded by friends, so spread the word around and make it a group outing!

Psssst! A pitcher of beer will be 15$ for our group! Take advantage.

Brian Clement, Sprouting Nonsense in Montreal

We are sicker than we have ever been, according to Brian Clement. He is not a physician. Rather, the CBC reports that he “claims to have a doctorate of naturopathic medicine and a PhD in nutrition from the University of Science Arts and Technology”, despite the fact that a) the university president is quoted as denying this claim and b) the university is reported as being a diploma mill. You may remember Clement from the news: when two Native American girls in Ontario decided to stop chemotherapy, they went to his Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida to undergo alternative therapies.

Clement was a guest speaker of the Wholistic Fair taking place at Dawson College, Montreal, on September 18-20. His Friday talk was entitled “Food IS Medicine: The Scientific Evidence”. I was curious to know why people turn away from medicine to embrace the pseudoscience that he sells at his institute. Desperation is certainly an appealing explanation, but I wanted to know more. I wanted to hear his arguments, his cherry-picked data, the logical fallacies he would tout, and to see first hand the impression that he makes on a crowd. So I went.

Fear is a tool that he wielded during his talk, specifically fear of technology. We are sicker now than we have ever been, he told us, but also that we have a “dependency for care”. Hundreds of years ago, people didn’t commonly have to take pills, he continued. The reason, obviously, is that there were no pills to be taken. We seek healthcare now more than ever because medicine has tools it did not possess in the 1800s: precise surgical procedures, targeted therapies against cancer, and medication that can turn death sentences into controllable, life-long conditions. “There was a period of time, can you imagine, when humans didn’t need glasses,” he said. There was a period of time when we didn’t haveglasses and could not correct bad vision. Our hormones are also apparently out of whack because of polyester clothes. “People [back in the days] were absolutely independent, responsible,” he reminded us. This disturbing story is as old as humanity: our once-pure ancestors sinned against nature and the clock is ticking on our redemption.

You can read the rest of this article on The Body of Evidence!

The Body of Evidence: Your September Digest

The Body of Evidence looks at common medical misconceptions and aims to untangle the twisted messages around health and medicine. You can check out the website at http://www.bodyofevidence.ca. It is brought to you by Jonathan Jarry and Dr. Christopher Labos.

We have been so busy, I decided to aim for a monthly digest for our Moutons No More page. So, what has The Body of Evidence accomplished in the last month?

  • Two new podcast episodes, one on the health benefits of red wine (you may surprised) and one on smoking (though not really… you’ll see!);
  • A new video by Jonathan on the Galileo Gambit, a type of logical fallacy often used by practitioners of pseudomedicine;
  • A word of caution about claims by manufacturers that their product will improve your vision;
  • An appearance on CJAD’s The Dr. Joe Show with Dr. Joe Schwarcz of McGill University;
  • A blooper reel from our first seven episodes of the podcast;
  • A comment, following the Trottier Public Science Symposium, on why the public needs more science communicators;
  • And, oh yeah, a live recording of The Body of Evidence at the Trottier Public Science Symposium, with guests Paul Offit, Kevin Folta, and Geoffrey Kabat. The video and audio recordings will be made available on November 5.

We’re generating a lot of content that will be of interest to people looking for reliable information on health, science, and scientific thinking, so do subscribe to our website by going to http://www.bodyofevidence.ca and typing in your email address in the subscription box on the right.

The Body of Evidence: Medicine that tastes funny and science made easy.

Photos from Funny You Should Think That! 13

#FYSTT is back, and so’s our photographer, Angie Radczenko, from Ng Rad Photography.

Comedians Thanos Michailopoulos, Daniel Carin, and Chris Sandiford; permanent panelist Andrew Cody; Dr. Christopher Labos; and fun. Lots of fun.