Atheists, Secularists, Skeptics And Feminists! Upcoming Australian Book Events You MUST Catch – Melbourne And Perth

I have to tell you. Some brilliant, unmissable events are coming up next month and it's going to go like this: MELBOURNE Tuesday, 2 February, ‎6.30pm: Russell Blackford: Freedom of Religion and the Secular State -  BOOK LAUNCH. RSVP essential places limited and seats already half gone! Head to http://embiggenbooks.com/blog/?p=1278 Also in Melbourne will be Alom Shaha, at the Wheeler Centre on the 27th February - more details at the Embiggen Books blog and at the Wheeler Centre … [Read more...]

…But What If You’re A Gay Vampire? A Response To Margaret Court

Mike Stuchbery has a response to the complete and utterly offensive dingbattery that has erupted from Australian Margaret Court, the former No 1 Women’s Tennis Player and pastor of the Victory Life Centre in Perth (I'd like to apologise for the content my town is now producing in this regard and hope that it doesn't get passed on, like some kind of gay vampirism. Especially if it's accompanied by bad Goth music. Or Christian rock music. Actually, I'd like to see a gay vampire Christian … [Read more...]

New CSICOP Column Out – On Wings Over Woodford #StopAVN

EDIT: A petition asking for Health Minister Tanya Plibersek to speak out about the dangers of misinformation about vaccination being spread by people like Meryl Dorey and the AVN. Thanks! Now out at the CSICOP website - "Protesting by Plane with the Stop The Anti-Vaccination Network": In early December 2011, “Operation Nutcracker” was born. Meryl Dorey, the president of the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), was booked for a talk on December 29, 2011, at the Woodford Folk … [Read more...]

The Intersection Of Religion And Politics – A Panel At #AtheistCon!

Just when you think it can't get any better! New Speakers for Panel on Religion & Politics: Addressing the subject of the intersection of politics and religion, our distinguished panelists will include Fiona Patten,  leader of the Australian Sex Party;  Marion Maddox, author, academic and political commentator; Dick Gross, journalist, author and atheist blogger for the National Times; and Colleen Hartland, Victorian Greens MLC. Moderated by ABC Radio veteran Derek Guille. Do move … [Read more...]

S*** Skeptics Say

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Where I Babble About How Much I Loved Douglas Adams (The Podcast Science On Top)

I get all overexcited about manta rays on the podcast Science On Top... an episode, since I left my Skype recording program on for the entire duration, that I rescued just for you! Some context first. This happens to be one of my favourite essays by Douglas Adams (and you can also find a copy in his 'last' book, The Salmon of Doubt) - 'Riding The Rays': Every country is like a particular type of person. America is like a belligerent, adolescent boy, Canada is like an intelligent, 35 year old … [Read more...]

Dr Charlie Teo’s Australia Day Address – And Why Funding Science Matters

The part that caught my eye (full transcript here)? "I am at an enviable stage of my professional life. With my international reputation I am fortunate enough to be invited to lecture, operate, direct courses and spend time in foreign neurosurgical programs as visiting professor. I see it as an opportunity to keep abreast of current trends in clinical medicine and basic science research and in so doing, ensure that Australian patients with neurosurgical conditions are getting the very best the … [Read more...]

Coming Soon… 6th World Skeptics Congress In Berlin

6th World Skeptics Congress, May 18-20, 2012 in Berlin, Germany - full details at the official site at http://www.worldskeptics.org. Also note, there's four guided tours of the city, including one of the Natural History Museum! As the Facebook page says: "Hi Folks, in a couple of days, we will present a new website...be curious about it..." … [Read more...]

Ira Glass On Producing Mike Birbiglia’s “Sleepwalk with Me”

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It’s All In The Timing…

Yes, I'm still not "blogging". I'm still wildly busy. As in "nearly to the end of the job I'm doing and sending off the project that has made me alternate between tears (good ones, as in being moved to sobs) and unfettered admiration" - but also a time that a quirky and rather pathetic little mystery has been solved... that has demonstrated that I am so lucky to have friends and allies online, and also firmly reminds me to not let the little things grind me down. A musical interlude. This one … [Read more...]