Posts By: Guthrie Prentice

Where is the safe space for autistics?

The fatal shooting at a community college in Umpqua, Ore. on Oct. 1 was a tragedy that rocked the United States, and deeply affected everyone who watched it unfold. Once again, the media soon started to speculate about what drove the shooter to his actions. Articles began to surface with the mother of the shooter… Read more »

Burlesque: more than meets the eye

Though the burlesque of yore is rare, it is still very much alive. On Oct. 4, the Cheesecake Burlesque Revue performed a show at the Roxy to mark their upcoming trip to Europe.

Re: Is Changes coming to the capital?

I applaud Changes the Clown. He reminds us that by using art, and something that draws attention, we can build public support and find real solutions to real problems. Still, I find it interesting that it has taken so long for an artist to get public attention when attempting to address more oppressive elements of our society.

Psychologist examines environmental apathy

The world is facing a major ecological crisis in climate change, yet very few seem fazed by it. Dr. Robert Gifford, a professor of psychology and environmental studies at the University of Victoria, wants to know why. With a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), he is continuing his research into… Read more »

Citizen science as peer review

One of the goals any citizen scientist should have is to obtain the clearest information possible, before making any decision on an important issue. Obtaining information crucial to making decisions on important issues should be a paramount goal for any citizen scientist. By tracing reports back to original scientific studies, citizen scientists can perform their… Read more »

Science and faith: where does one end and the other begin?

On Sept. 26, 2013, the Kansas City Star reported that a group called Citizens for Objective Public Education (COPE) is suing the Kansas State Education Board for adopting new guidelines that require the teaching of evolution and climate change to primary and secondary school students. The group filed the lawsuit on the grounds that the… Read more »

The finest news money can buy?

Is journalistic integrity now for sale in our culture? On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, the outside wrap of the Times Colonist ran an advertisement, on the front page, in a manner that could be misconstrued as news. Beneath the newspaper’s title flag was a full-page ad touting fall savings on home heating from AFD Fuels…. Read more »

A vision for citizen science

My last two articles have focused on issues in politics related to science and alternative medicine respectively. This time, I want to get to the nitty-gritty of what this column is about: applying science as well as rational thinking to daily life. The title of the column attempts to exemplify this. The Oxford English Dictionary… Read more »

Alternative medicine on campus

There is a centre on the main floor of the Student Union Building (SUB) that offers appointments for, amongst other things, acupuncture and chiropractic. Jill Cooper, who works at the centre, forwarded me an email she received from Eileen Seto, the resident acupuncturist. Seto said that with regard to acupuncture, “I treat all kinds of… Read more »