Sunday Morning Survey – Should Christmas Be For Everyone (With A Little Calvin And Hobbes)?

Sunday Morning Survey - Up Early Because A Friend Is Having Birthday Brunch In About Two Hours And I Am Going To Collapse For The Rest Of The Day So I Might As Well Exercise The Brain Cells At Least Once Before Then.Someone in the comments (hello!) for another post was rather surprised and thrilled to notice that I referenced Alom Shaha. In fact, Alom Shaha is coming to my home town, to the Perth Writers Festival - so do subscribe to this blog's feed and to Alom's Twitter stream to keep up to … [Read more...]

Penn & Teller And Tim Minchin On The Royal Variety Performance

First - Penn & Teller......then Tim Minchin. … [Read more...]

#QEDCon – Another Donated Ticket Offer Open

Hayley Stevens has been a marvel at getting people to attend QEDCon; she's already run several successful fundraising efforts since late September to get as many skeptics on low-incomes to the science event QEDcon (held in Manchester next March 10th & 11th) as she can.Now there's a first-in offer that's open to disabled persons (or people), as a gesture by Chris (aka 'Gonz Blinko') who can no longer attend QEDCon: Rather than getting people to apply for these tickets that’ll be won by so … [Read more...]

JEDI NINJAS FOR THE WIN

Thanks to Josh for this find.Facebook link.'Jedi Ninjas' a Team2X production. Directed by James Mark and Justin Lovell. Concept & produced by James Mark and Yung Lee (GakAttack). Action Designed by and Featuring Team2x. Visual FX by Yung Lee (GakAttack) … [Read more...]

Teddy The Porcupine With Subtitles – Audio Pareidolia

And a happy birthday to Barbara! … [Read more...]

Alom Shaha – Science and Education

In his talk at the Ri Unconference 2011, science communicator and teacher Alom Shaha challenges the next generation of scientists and educators to rethink the type of science taught in schools. "There are an awful lot of facts that you could learn at school. The question is which of those facts should you learn? Should we concentrate on the big ideas like evolution, or should we look at modern science and things that are more relevant?" Alom asks how we can gain a population that knows more … [Read more...]

We Lost Hitch. That Is All

I don't have a pre-prepared blog-post for this day.I don't have a personal recollection, beyond attending the Amazing Meeting Three and being in the front few rows to hear him present.I have a friend who went to him in tears of gratitude, after hearing him at a later Amazing Meeting, and he was very kind to her and understanding as to why his talk reduced her to such a state.I have written previously on how I disagreed with his essay on women in comedy and after reading his … [Read more...]

Education And Critical Thinking In Australia – Part 1: A Valuable Argument

You've heard of something called the Australian National Curriculum? Perhaps you've heard of my friend Michael McRae, who has been contributing resources to a super sekrit project?Animated and directed by James Hutson, Bridge8. Written by Mike Mcrae and James Hutson:Part 1 of the TechNyou critical thinking resource.The resource covers basic logic and faulty arguments, developing student's critical thinking skills. Suitable for year 8-10, focused on science issues, the module can be … [Read more...]

Christmas Coming A Little Early (Change Nearly As Good As A Holiday)

Wednesday night is usually just the-middle-of-the-week. Today, however, it was:Dye my hair a new colour - well, two colours, actually. This is me, out in the bushland, trying to track down some black swans with my camera, for a friend.Pop on a Santa hat......and work at the science museum here in my home town, where I've been volunteering for the past year. Tonight was the children's Christmas party for the 'SciTrekkers' (people who have yearly memberships for entry and get discounts … [Read more...]

Why We Don’t Eat Our Own Brains – Professor Daniel Wolpert On TED

What’s the point of a brain? A fundamental question that has led Professor Daniel Wolpert to some remarkable conclusions about how and why the brain controls and predicts movement. In a recent talk for TED, Wolpert explores the research that resulted in him receiving the Golden Brain Award. Thanks to PhilosophyBites. … [Read more...]

“We’ve Already Entered Into Contracts With Meryl Dorey… The Damage Is Already Done.” Woodford Folk Festival

This Festival Allows A Dangerous Anti-Vaxxer To Spread Misinformation. Why?  From Mamamia.com.au:News Editor Rick Morton just spoke to Festival Executive Director Bill Hauritz about the decision to bring Meryl Dorey into speak at the Woodford Folk Festival. Bill: Who says it is dangerous? There are a lot of people out there who believe this whole vaccination thing is not an open and shut case. Is anybody willing to say that all vaccinations are 100% safe? Q: I don’t think even doctors say that, … [Read more...]


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