Now You See Her…

Part of the November Break Series – I’ll be back blogging as usual on December 5th. This post originally appeared on Podblack Blog in 2008, for the Scientiae carnival on the theme of 'Added Weight'.  *** Ever felt as if you were completely invisible, no matter how hard you worked or how eager you were to contribute to a shared cause? When is it malice - and when is it just plain being too small and solitary to come to anyone's attention? The email featured a job description - which I couldn't h … [Read more...]

SciTech’s Rescue Exhibition

Rescue - on at Perth's SciTech. … [Read more...]

From Jenner to Wakefield: The Anti-Vaccination Movement

From Jenner to Wakefield: The Anti-Vaccination Movement from Gresham College on FORA.tvThanks to Milton. In 1998 a medical furor broke out when The Lancet published an article by Andrew Wakefield questioning the benefits of the MMR vaccination which was being given unquestioningly to children throughout the UK. … [Read more...]

I’m Not Blogging But I Needed This Right Now

You might need it too. … [Read more...]

Simon Page’s Designs For 2011 The International Year Of Chemistry

Part of the November Break Series – I’ll be back blogging as usual on December 5th.At the end of 2009 you might remember that I designed the prints for the International Year of Astronomy which, unexpectedly, was a massive hit and really helped promote a worthwhile campaign. Now we are in 2011 and this year it is the turn of the International Year of Chemistry. ...IYC prints are now available to buy, see individual purchase links below each image or view the entire set at inprnt. Also you can v … [Read more...]

‘What We Don’t Need Is Critical Thinking’ – Takedown Of A TEDx Talk On JREF’s Swift

Check out the excellent article Fluff Won't Make The World A Better Place over on the JREF Swift blog: One of my favorite sources of interesting content is TED. If you're not sure what that is, I highly recommend watching a few of the talks posted online and read about it. TEDx on the other hand... TEDx is a program which allows people to license the TED name to organize small (<100 attendees) TED-like events in their communities. Many TEDx talks are available online as well. Some are just as … [Read more...]

Catvertising

Part of the November Break Series – I’ll be back blogging as usual on December 5th.Thanks to Jim WW Smith for this find. … [Read more...]

Two New Token Skeptic Episodes – On The #AtheistCon Plus Eugenie Scott And Steve Novella

Two episodes! Head to the Token Skeptic website to get them both!For Episode Eighty-Six, I’m interviewing Jason Ball – he serves on the Rationalist Australia Committee, is the President of the Freethought University Alliance and is a spokesperson for the Atheist Foundation of Australia and an organiser for the Global Atheist Convention. You can also hear him on the Young Australian Skeptics podcast, The Pseudoscientists!We talk about the forthcoming Global Atheist Convention, the Global Athei … [Read more...]

Yet Another Threat To (Alternative To Scripture) Ethics Classes In NSW

Context - I was trained in the Philosophy for Children methodology in 2004 by Phillip Cam and Ann Margaret Sharp; it's a part of the Philosophy and Ethics course that is taught state-wide here and I've interviewed Phillip Cam for the Token Skeptic podcast about it: ‘Did you know that children whose parents make a conscientious decision to have them opt out of Special Religious Education (SRE) are prohibited from any form of instruction during this period? NSW Department of Education policy p … [Read more...]

ChemFest 2011 – Curtin University

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Therefore, Tim Minchin – Should We Be ‘Actual Humans’ As Atheists/Skeptics Too?

Never fear! I saved this post before the work was being done at FtB! Reposted!From Ophelia Benson’s post: “Just don’t be cruel to ANYONE, ever. On the internet, or in your life. Just imagine, as you sharpen your pen, that every man is your uncle or your brother, and that every woman is your mother or your sister. Just don’t spread vitriol. It’s not clever, it’s not funny, it doesn’t improve anything, it fails to educate, elucidate or encourage debate. It’s lazy. It’d be boring if it wasn’t so a … [Read more...]


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