Vale Anne McCaffery

Lord, I'm close enough to epitaph writing that I wouldn't be very witty. I think 'Story Teller' would be a good summation. Anne McCaffery. I share the sentiments of Scott Sigler, who wrote on Facebook: Anne McCaffrey has passed away. She was my favorite author as a kid. I couldn't get enough of Pern, Dragonflight, Dragonsinger and the Crystal Singer. Anne created magic, pure and simple. I read the paperbacks over and over, until they were crumbling. Out of all the books I read as a kid (and … [Read more...]

Vaccine Times Requests Help For A Family In Need

From the Vaccine Times site: I was approached by the daughter of a friend of a friend who finds herself in a dire situation and needs help. I come to you today not as a skeptic, not as an atheist, but as a human. I ask for you to take off your skeptical/freethinkers hats and put on your humanitarian ones. A young mother and her 2-year-old child need your help and I hope you’ll answer their call. I ask you to be that something today. Read the short story below and if you find it in your … [Read more...]

Poland’s Flying Lanterns

Part of the November Break Series – November 20th. I’ll be back on December 5th. Poland set a world record for flying the most floating lanterns. You better believe it looked amazing. … [Read more...]

Tim Minchin In New Scientist

Are you on a mission for science? I'm a gateway drug into philosophy and scepticism, because I'm the moron version of it. But I use terms like causation or confirmation bias that kids can go and look up if they're interested. I refuse to hold a banner up too much, though. It's incredibly obvious that I'm an atheist and a rationalist and a sceptic, but you won't often hear me calling myself one. The longer I can just be quirky, wacky and arty in the public eye the better. I play piano and I make … [Read more...]

Synesthesia

Part of the November Break Series - November 18th. I'll be back in December. Synesthesia from Terri Timely on Vimeo. syn·es·the·sia syn·aes·the·sia (sĭn'ĭs-thē'zhə) n. A condition in which one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another, as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a color. A sensation felt in one part of the body as a result of stimulus applied to another, as in referred pain. The description of one kind of sense impression by using words … [Read more...]

Ten Quirky Science Stunts Of The Season – Richard Wiseman

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What Do You Want Out Of A Skeptical Podcast? Let Me Know!

Still got nothing to do for exactly two minutes on a Sunday? Well, it's the last few days to fill in the survey that features over on the Token Skeptic podcast: I’m after basic demographics, what features you enjoy, what episodes you like (or even loathe) and what suggestions you have for the future of the Token Skeptic Podcast. If you have the time – click here to take this simple survey that will help the show in the future. The questions are able to be skipped if you don't want to answer … [Read more...]

Nathalie Miebach: Art Made Of Storms

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Sunday Morning Survey – Can A Spider Achieve Absolution?

Part of the November Break Series – I’ll be back blogging as usual on December 5th. Absolution is an integral part of the Sacrament of Penance, in Roman Catholicism. The penitent makes a sacramental confession of all mortal sins to a priest and prays an act of contrition. The priest then assigns a penance and imparts absolution in the name of the Trinity, on behalf of Christ Himself, using a fixed sacramental formula. Wikipedia. Very soon it will be an anniversary of an event and … [Read more...]

Sadie Crabtree On Winning Hearts And Minds for Skepticism – At TAM 2011 Las Vegas

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Now On YouTube – The James Randi Show – Cold Fusion and Carl Sagan

The Randi Show is a biweekly video podcast produced by the James Randi Educational Foundation. James Randi himself discusses news from the world of science, pseudoscience, and the paranormal. Plus, he shares some stories from his amazing life. In this episode, Randi explores the latest news in cold fusion. Has it finally been achieved? … [Read more...]


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