Do Skeptics Really Make That Much Of A Difference (NVIC Anti-Vaccine Ad On NYE)?

Infographic from Vaccines.com - The Odds A Child Will... I'm honestly not so sure that they do. Make that much of a difference, I mean. I honestly don't think skeptics make that much of a difference when things like the National Vaccine Information Center's ad running on the ABC Full Circle Screen in Times Square are scheduled and paid for (apparently timed to happen during New Year's Eve celebrations, when television broadcasting occurs?) Simply because I'm starting to doubt that we have … [Read more...]

Young Australian Skeptics’ Pseudo-Scientists Interview Shelley Segal

The Psuedo-Scientists have just released episode #35 - and it features an interview with Shelley Segal, conducted by Jack Scanlan. Shelley has also updated her JJJ page - with some news! There's two new songs from 'An Atheist Album' and a never-before released pop/rock track available for free download. Over the last few years, Shelley has become involved in the secular movement and it is a cause that she sees as indispensable. In response to her views, this year Shelley has recorded and … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – Skeptical Activism With Brushwood, Grothe, Goddard And More

Episode Ninety-Seven – Skeptical Activism 201: The Skeptics Strike Back over at the Token Skeptic podcast: From challenging anti-vax groups and homeopathy, to consumer awareness raising. What can skeptics do and how to get it right, by doing some research. Moderated by Desiree Schell, panelists DJ Grothe of the JREF, Debbie Goddard, Maria Walters, Brian Brushwood and Kylie Sturgess. By the way - Massimo Pigliucci has just produced a blog-entry called "The goals of atheist activism" that … [Read more...]

Wacky Blog Search Terms Of The Christmas Season

You people are weird. Just want to put it out there. Again. But I love you. Here's some of the more intriguing search terms that led you to check out my humble little blog: Lots and lots of searches for the blogpost I did on the 18th December about singing hedgehogs. Although spelling it as "hedgeshogs" or "singin" was fairly regular. Maybe you're mostly American and not familiar with hedgehogs. Or expect them to be singing with an accent. my little pony site: http://freethoughtblogs.com/ - … [Read more...]

Shelley Segal – Playing At The Global #AtheistCon!

Another fantastic announcement for the Global Atheist Convention, happening in April next year (get your tickets!). Shelley Segal will be performing at the Saturday night dinner. Initially having been brought up as a Jew, Shelley rejected her religion and became an atheist at eighteen. Over the last few years, Shelley has become involved in the secular movement and it is a cause that she sees as indispensable. In response to her views, this year Shelley has recorded and released, ‘An Atheist … [Read more...]

Planning For 2012 (Doing Skepticism Smarter Not Harder – Any Suggestions?)

In short? Ooof. I'm at a loss at what to do for next year. Apart from hold my copy of the UK Skeptic in a goofy manner, and point at the title of the article I wrote for it and hope that the photo isn't too blurry. In case you don't know, Prof. Richard Wiseman has advice for this time of the year, regarding New Year resolutions: Psychologist Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire has studied the differences between the winners and losers in the resolution race and found those … [Read more...]

Merry Merry!

Gingerbread recipe here. I used ginger paste, however, and it gives it more kick. Ferrero Rocher and M&M Tiramisu - you'll have to figure it out on your own... With much love to all my followers, listeners, friends and gorgeous ones. Take care of you. … [Read more...]

E-Books Just In Time For Christmas – Skeptical Blog Anthology And Unnatural Acts

Remember my mentioning it earlier (it even appeared on the JREF Swift blog)? It's now available to download, as well as purchase in e-book form! Skeptical Blog Anthology - E-Book Format. The Skeptical Blog Anthology  features essays by: Dr Phillip Plait of “Bad Astronomy”, Dr Karen Stollznow of the Point of Inquiry Podcast, Sharon Hill, Dr Petra Boynton, Brian Thompson of The Amateur Scientist podcast, Skeptic Blog’s Daniel Loxton and Yau-Man Chan, New York City Skeptics’ Lisa Bauer, UK … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – Santa, Tim Minchin, Skeptical Women Online (Oh My!)

Just a quick heads-up about what you can download over the next few days from the Token Skeptic Podcast: Firstly, you should already have sitting in your RSS feed the contributions of not only a scientist who is working for the Royal Institution of Australia, but a talk I did on astrology for the University of Melbourne's Secular Society earlier in the year - which was released to herald the Young Australian Skeptics’ Blog Anthology. You can get your own copy here! Episode Ninety-Three – … [Read more...]

SciTech Christmas Party (…And One Last Message About Giving And Gilliam’s Greetings)

Oh, okay, but just because I Tweeted about it today. Then no more blog-posts for a while. This is the gang I volunteer my time with at the local science outreach museum - we are assembled for a group Christmas photo, before heading out to the party! This is what I call a 'Flaming Renée' (c'est magnifique):  You can find the rest of the photos on my Flickr account. Just in closing - remember my earlier blog-post about being involved locally - The Life You Can Save – Seasonal Giving … [Read more...]