Kylie Sturgess, Freethought Blogs's "Token Skeptic"

Kylie Sturgess, of Pod Black and the Token Skeptic podcast, will be coming to Freethought Blogs at the Token Skeptic blog. Her first post is a charming and creative (and, thankfully, easy) multiple choice test, which makes me like her very much already. From Pod Black, here are her impressive credentials which also should recommend her to your attention:

Kylie Sturgess is an active skeptic and holds qualifications in Philosophy, Education and the measurement of paranormal belief. A teacher with over ten years experience in the field, Kylie has lectured on teaching critical thinking, feminism, new media and anomalistic beliefs worldwide.

Kylie is well-known in online skeptical communities and is a regular writer of editorial for numerous publications, including the The Australian Skeptic, UK Skeptic, Skeptical Briefs, Skeptical Inquirer, Creative and Critical Thinking and Science Teaching journals. Her work features in the book The Australian Book of AtheismThe Open Laboratory Best Of Science Blogs 2008 and The Young Australian Skeptics Blog Anthology.

She has also spoken at The Amazing Meeting Las Vegas, Dragon*Con (US), QED Con (UK) and was aMaster of Ceremonies for the Global Atheist Convention. In 2011, she was the winner of the Best Individual Activist Award from the Secular Students Alliance.

Kylie’s professional background includes working for a number of private schools in Western Australia, creating teaching resources and helping deliver professional development for the Curriculum Council, and as a research assistant at Curtin University (on engagement in secondary schools in rural and remote areas). She also writes for the Curiouser and Curiouser online column for CSICOP, and contributed to Daniel Loxton’s manifesto ‘What Do I Do Next?: Leading Skeptics Discuss 105 Practical Ways to Promote Science and Advance Skepticism’.

In 2010, Kylie was a co-author of the paper ‘The structure of superstitious action – A further analysis of fresh evidence‘, in the journalPersonality and Individual Differences (Science Direct), a peer-reviewed publication. It involves a re-analysis of Wiseman and Watt’s short scales of positive and negative superstitions.

As a member of the James Randi Educational Foundation’s education advisory panel, Kylie works with a team to  provide the foundation’s president and director of educational programs with informed opinions and recommendations related to the JREF’s efforts in the educational arena, focusing on resources for teachers to advance critical thinking in their classroom. This will be done through occasional review of JREF educational resources in development, and by recommending possible future projects relating to educational resources for the classroom and beyond.

She is the host of Token Skeptic podcast and in 2010 taught Religious Education, Philosophy and Ethics. In 2011, she is a volunteer at Perth’s SciTech as she completes her Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Full list of publications, interviews and speaking engagements.

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