EcoDystopia – Climate Change: Confronting our Reality

The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and is a growing threat to society.” – Statement on Climate Change from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2006). In recent years, the growing damage to wild ecosystems, loss of biodiversity, higher frequency of natural disasters, and continued depletion of natural resources has increased public awareness of the detrimental impact that humans have on the environment. Climate…

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Fellow Creatures: A New Post

I have a new post at my Psychology Today blog Fellow Creatures about a study that looked at whether a dog walking program has benefits for people with intellectual disabilities who live in supported housing.The results of this exploratory study found there were more friendly interactions with other people when a dog was present. Read more here.Photo: dawnie206/Pixabay

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044 – Vaccines and CRISPR Babies

  The boys end up in the jungle with varying degrees of immunological protection and Chris subdues a jungle cat. So what are the arguments against vaccination and are they warranted? They discuss arguments like better sanitation, Big Pharma conspiracies, aborted fetuses, autism, chemical preservatives and "too many, too soon". In a surprising twist, the Catholic Church comes to their defence. Also: Jacob Meza sees a big difference in how young and old people view…

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Right Turn: Goodbye NCE, hello New Frontiers in Research Fund

Big news was announced yesterday in Canada’s research community. The Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program is being retired on the cusp of its 30th anniversary and absorbed by the New Frontiers in Research Fund. CCRM is one of 36 networks and centres currently funded by the NCE to “mobilize Canada’s best research, development and entrepreneurial talent, and focus it on specific issues and strategic areas.” CCRM, a Centre of Excellence…

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The National Post Dives Into the Carnivore Diet

Jonathan's article on the carnivore diet was recently quoted by Sharon Kirkey for her piece in The National Post. It also includes quotes from Chris. "Strict followers of the diet, like Jordan Peterson and his daughter Mikhaila, swear that eating beef and water fixed their health problems. But could it kill you?" The full article can be accessed here: https://nationalpost.com/health/can-you-really-live-on-meat-alone-carnivore-diet

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Dogs, Cats and Humans: The Best Sleep Partner…?

Women whose dog sleeps on the bed report better sleep than those with a human or feline sleeping partner.Photo: Julie Vader/ShutterstockWhether or not pets should be allowed to sleep on the bed is an age-old question. Some worry it will lead to a disturbed night’s sleep, while some old-fashioned dog trainers still claim it will spoil the dog. The latter argument is based on out-dated ideas about dominance and dog training and can be easily…

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L’étrange ordre des choses selon Antonio Damasio

De l’autopoïèse à l’homéostasie, et de l’affect à la culture, il n’y aurait qu’un pas qu’Antonio Damasio tente de franchir dans son dernier bouquin publié au début de l’année et intitulé « The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures ». Depuis au moins « L’erreur de Descartes » (1994, traduit en français en 1995), Damasio n’a jamais cessé de rappeler comment notre raison, loin d’être la chose désincarnée et rationnelle…

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Companion Animal Psychology Book Club December 2018

“A masterful account of the way science is revealing just how smart dogs can be."“A masterful account of the way science is revealing just how smart dogs can be. Fascinating and highly readable.”--John Bradshaw.The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club choice for December 2018 is The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods.From the inside cover,""My dog can do that." So said a young Brian Hare to his…

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Why you should eat exotic foods

When it comes to food, I’ll try anything at least once. As I documented before, I’ve dined on tarantula, frog, crickets, snake, raw clams, red ants, and durian fruit – and that was just on a single trip through Asia! When back on home turf, I enjoy oysters, sashimi, tripe soup, beef and salmon tartare, foie gras, and other acquired tastes. For the record, I wasn’t always this adventurous with food; as a kid, I consumed…

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Right Turn: Improv and barnacle genitalia – not your average science policy conference

“Every day of our lives, we are surrounded by the fruits of scientific discovery.” So writes Carrie Wolinetz, Associate Director for Science Policy, National Institutes of Health. In her Why Science Policy Matters blog, she provides several examples of tools we have, knowledge we’ve gained and advancements society has made as a result of scientific research and also science policy. Dr. Wolinetz refers to science policy as supporting “lifesaving research” and since we can’t have…

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