Archive for December, 2015

Episode 8: The Paris Agreement on Climate

Posted in Skeptic on December 19, 2015 by Rick

Peasants & Emperors is a podcast presenting topics related to democracy, science, culture, women’s issues, current events and critical thinking. A new podcast is produced and available for listening/download approximately every two weeks.

In episode eight, the Hooligans discuss some noteworthy things related to the Paris Agreement generally and talk specifically how the agreement might impact Canada.

Episode 8: The Paris Agreement on Climate

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Notes & Clarifications
1). In the podcast Rick mentioned a website called that provides information to consumers about how eco-friendly certain products are, etc. Regrettably this site’s members appear to only be European countries. Nonetheless, if you click here you can learn something about this initiative. Canadians interested in learning about eco-label initiatives in Canada can click here for more information.

2). The six island nations threatened by rising oceans if warming is not kept at the 1.5 Celsius mark are: Kiribati, Maldives, Fiji, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, Cape Verde.

3). For members of the audience interested in learning more about non-market approaches to tackling climate change please click here. This document was produced by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

4). For people interested in learning more about Forest Bonds (as it relates to being part of the non-market solution) click here.

5). Rick observed that we would need more than one earth in order to support a Western lifestyle for every person on the planet. Below is an infographic taken from the Popular Science website illustrating how many earths one would need to live a certain type of lifestyle. Additional information on this concept is available on the Global Footprint Network.

6). Rick could not recall the name of the legal body overseeing and enforcing the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The technical term for such a body is a Free Trade Tribunal.


The Role of Perception in Science: Part 5 “Logical Conjecture”

Posted in Skeptic on December 15, 2015 by Rick

This is part five of a six part series exploring the role of perception in science from the Peasants & Emperors blog/podcast.

Click here to open the article. You can find links to the other four parts of this series (or links to podcasts) on the Saskatchewan Skeptics site as well as at Peasants & Emperors.

The Role of Perception in Science: Part 4 “Concepts & Ideas”

Posted in Skeptic on December 9, 2015 by Rick

Part 4 of a six part series on perception in science developed by Rick Delainey, BA, B.Ed. Rick and several friends host a podcast and blog site called Peasants & Emperors popularizing science, critical thinking, while also discussing politics and cultural issues.

The article The Role of Science: Part 4 “Concepts & Ideas” is accessible by clicking here.

The Role of Perception in Science: Part 3 “Model Dependent Realism”

Posted in Skeptic on December 6, 2015 by Rick

R. J. Delainey (BA, B.Ed) presents some thoughts on science as it relates to the role of “model dependent realism.” This is the part three of a six part series dedicated to discussing different aspects of the role of perception in science. In this article, Rick presents a historical and philosophical basis for understanding model dependent realism, i.e. models are useful because they help us make predictions and understand the world; however, models are not reality itself but representative of that reality.

The following link will take you to the site of his blog and podcast Peasants & EmperorsClick here to open the Role of Perception in Science: Part 3 “Model Dependent Realism.”