It's been a slow week at Oot and Aboot, mainly because Some Canadian Skeptic had stuff-to-do coming out the wazoo (which is, if you check, where it comes out). I won't bother listing everything that I had to do this past week for fear of sounding whiny, but I would like to say a final word of thanks to the ASR for a great Skeptics in the Pub talk on the 22nd! I also owe a thanks to everyone who came out and asked questions and shared drinks and conversation. I had a wonderful time and it was great to learn that digital friends were actually real people, and that I have a lot of new skeptic friends out there in Toronto.
I'm glad the talk went as well as it did, and I'd like to port it to other venues. So if you'd like to have me speak at your venue, my speaker's fee lies somewhere between a Ferrari and a sandwich.
Speaking of expertise, there are only two (maybe three) areas of knowledge that think I can justifiably call myself to have any level of expertise: Music (and I guess by extension music education) and political science. Since the former doesn't often come up in skepticism (very rarely), and the latter is explicitly out-of-bounds at Skeptic North, I was considering offering more political analysis as it relates to skepticism here at this blog (which, as you'll note in the disclaimer, does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the team at Skeptic North). However, I realize that this is a potentially problematic idea. I'd like to get your thoughts on this issue:
I'm a left-leaning political economy kind of academic, and any politics/skepticism analysis will reflect such an intellectual framework. I'm starting to miss academic political science, and am considering using this venue to explore what I was exploring before taking this teaching job.
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