A New Ontario Math Curriculum

The Ontario Ministry of Education just released a revamped math curriculum for Grade 1 to 8 to be introduced in schools in September. I read through their outline and peeked in on the more detailed breakdowns. The immediate question arises because of the timing. Who thought it was a good idea to try re-writing the curriculum […]

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The Founding Myth: Andrew Seidel on Science Salon

I’m currently about half way through the book and it just gets better and better the deeper I get into it. It is a wonderful takedown of the myth that the United States was founded as a “Christian Nation” or “on Judeo-Christian Principles.” It’s a case that’s been built up by years of very carefully […]

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The origin of consciousness explained

Once you strip away the essentialist veneer from consciousness it becomes fairly easy to imagine a gradual natural process giving rise to it, particularly in a competitive environment like our biosphere where organisms needs to work harder than their neighbour to get food.

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Apparently We’re all Fish

I’ve known for a long time that humans are fish. Most people know the slightly less specific claim “There is No Such Thing as a Fish” (which has a wonderful podcast named after it.) The idea coming from cladistic taxonomy where the classification of species was redone with a focus on ancestry. (As opposed to […]

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