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Name: Edwin Hodge
Date registered: July 9, 2012
URL: http://skepticalcubefarm.wordpress.com/

Biography

Who am I? Well, my name is Edwin, and I’m a graduate student at the University of Victoria. I have a Master’s degree in Political Science which I picked up by studying the effects of religious belief on the formation of gender identities amongst certain racist organizations. Suffice it to say that I spend a lot of my time reading about religion, racism, and gender. In my off-time, such as it is, I am an active member in a number of skeptical organizations both locally and nationally. I do my part to introduce Canadians to the primary elements of critical thinking and logic. I am not a scientist, nor am I a medical practitioner. I am not a theologian or a member of the clergy. What I am is a political scientist, philosopher and sociologist all wrapped up into one, slightly pale, slightly overweight body. I try my best not to be a buzzkill at parties, and in the meantime, I do my best to popularize the tools of skeptical thinking.

Latest posts

  1. Academic Blogging — February 8, 2013
  2. The Need for Utopia — January 12, 2013
  3. Mayans, Moral Panic, and the Narrative of the Apocalypse — December 21, 2012
  4. Being Manly — December 7, 2012
  5. The New Fascism — November 16, 2012

Most commented posts

  1. But what about Teh Menz!?!1! — 312 comments
  2. Skepticism and Social Justice — 137 comments
  3. Irrational Rationalists — 62 comments
  4. Having Gender, or Doing Gender? — 46 comments
  5. The Allure of White Supremacy — 38 comments

Author's posts listings

Feb 08 2013

Academic Blogging

For those of you who have never visited the excellent sociological blog Family Inequality, I suggest that you stop reading right now, and head on over there for an hour or two. Don’t worry about me, I’ll wait. Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your stay there, I know that I spend quite a bit …

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Jan 12 2013

The Need for Utopia

Adam Swift, in his article “Would Perfect Mobility be Perfect?”* posed the following question to researchers of social inequality and advocates of social justice activism: should social justice be concerned with achieving ‘perfect’ social mobility** and therefore ‘perfect’ social equality, or should we simply accept that such a goal is fantasy and instead focus on …

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Dec 21 2012

Mayans, Moral Panic, and the Narrative of the Apocalypse

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A couple of years ago, Harold Camping rocketed to infamy when he predicted that the end of the world would come via divine Revelation on May 21st, 2011. When the day came and went without incident, Camping retreated from public view for a time before re-emerging and claiming that, actually, May 21st was merely an …

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Dec 07 2012

Being Manly

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Whenever I need a break from whatever studying or grading I happen to be doing, I often go on little adventures around the internet. I type a random word into the Googles and then click on one of the resultant links at random; I then randomly click on links found on those pages, thus winding …

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Nov 16 2012

The New Fascism

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This past Sunday, I went with my partner to our city’s Remembrance Day ceremony, which I do every year. My brother has served two tours in Afghanistan with the Canadian forces, and a tour in Bosnia after the civil war there, and many other members of my family have also served. I’m not one for …

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Nov 02 2012

Writing from Privilege

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I haven’t submitted any posts lately and for that I’m sorry; school has been kicking me around and my health hasn’t been stellar lately. At any rate, here’s a new submission. Enjoy! PS: I’d like to also say how happy I am that Jamie is now a contributor the blog. Looking forward to reading more …

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Oct 05 2012

A Question of Authenticity

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So the other day, I had written a post that was supposed to be about the strange dance away from logic that seems to be common on the fringes of the raw, organic food lifestyle (ROFL). What I ended up with however, was an extended detour into the social fascination with the concept of ‘authenticity’. I’m sure …

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Sep 21 2012

Settling in, Leftist Identity Politics, and Ideological Purity

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I’ve been absent from the blogging world (or blogosphere, or blogodrome) for a while now, due almost entirely to having spent the better part of two weeks moving myself and my partner to a new city to begin the penultimate phase of my education. The move was rather stressful; I am not, by nature, a …

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Sep 07 2012

The Value of an Education

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I began my university career a decade ago. I had grown tired of working for terrible wages in a hot and smelly kitchen, and I felt that the kind of challenge I was looking for in life would be found on some campus somewhere. Initially I had no idea what I wanted from a post-secondary …

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Aug 24 2012

Skepticism and Social Justice

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One of the arguments that I often hear from skeptics and the skeptical community is that while skepticism is a powerful tool for analyzing truth claims or the efficacy of medical modalities, it is poorly suited to examining issues of social policy or politics. Examining claims about the efficacy of homeopathy is relatively easy (it …

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