Archives for July 2012

Fads, Fancies And Follies In Education – A Book Recommendation And A Talk

Firstly - to clear up a few misconceptions about my blog. If you read my blog (as in, Token Skeptic on the FreeThought Blogs network) - it's my blog that registers the hits. And the revenue that you get from reading my blog? I use it to fund my podcast. It pretty much balances out, and that's fine by me - c'est la vie.Feel free to check out other blogs or other networks or independent bloggers or news-sites or whatever if you so wish; there's links that I promote or even links that I don't … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – They Became What They Beheld: Medium, Message, Youtubery

Thanks to Jonny for this find.By the way, he has his own YouTube series that he's working on - go tell him he's brilliant. … [Read more...]

Solving Mysteries – Exploring the Science of Miracles: Luigi Garlaschelli – #6WSC12

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Thank You To Fairy Godmothers

It doesn't happen often, but I've come across people in tears now and then. Feeling angry, frustrated, out-of-the-loop and discovering that no one is saying something like "You don't need to go through this - in fact, you could just walk out if it helps..." was probably the worst things I've faced in a while. I think things are sorted out now, however.Coming home, I got a wonderful surprise - and I'm incredibly grateful to a "fairy godmother", in fact, two of them - who helped out with today. … [Read more...]

The Future Is Ours – Make It So

And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own in a small café in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything. - Douglas Adams. I think I've quoted that here … [Read more...]

Sylvia Browne Welcoming Committee At #TAM2012

A group of skeptics organized by mentalist Mark Edward and Wikipediatrician Susan Gerbic gather to protest the presence of Sylvia Browne at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on July 13, 2012. Recording by Susan Gerbic; editing by Ross Blocher.The group handed out a list of cold reading techniques that psychics use to give the illusion of knowing intimate details about their subjects. Another handout listed some of Sylvia Browne's worst mistakes as a psychic. We encourage people … [Read more...]

Because It Deserves Repeating – Dr Pamela Gay’s Speech At #TAM2012

The “Stopping Harassment Starts Here” T-shirts at TAM (image of graphic above) are shirts I had printed with my own money to sell to raise money for the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund, which pays for legal aid for women facing gender discrimination in education and the workplace. These shirts are in purple, which is the color of domestic violence awareness, animal cruelty prevention, and LGBTQ Awareness. These are all issues I care about.If you’re at TAM and you’d consider raising your own voice agai … [Read more...]

…How Did The Truffles Turn Out? Token Skeptic On The Sex Myth Now Out!

Wonderfully!I know... truffles don't look the best, but they definitely taste the best.Latest episode of the Token Skeptic podcast: Token Skeptic #127 - On The Sex Myth With Dr Brooke Magnanti is now out on the official podcast site.Do please pop in any questions you might have about podcasting (if you've considered trying it, if you've got a show, if you think there's things that should be asked) in the comments under the truffle post. It's all about helping improve the medium!And I … [Read more...]

Happy Second Birthday To The Michigan Skeptics Association!

About a month or so ago, Adam Bourque got in touch with me about a celebration that they're having over in Michigan.Now, since I'm in one of the most isolated cities in the world, on the other side of the planet, you might wonder why I was keen to contribute. Well, firstly, if there's any skeptical group who needs a hand (just ask the number of Australian SkeptiCamps that I've sponsored or donated or just plain promoted over the years, even groups like NYC Skeptics or QEDCon!), I'll try to … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Lizzie Bennet Does Vidcon

You know all that stuff about creeps at conferences? Yeah, they're everywhere... … [Read more...]

On Podcasting, Skepticism, Atheism… And Truffles

Podfade - "Podcasting has drawn thousands on the premise that anyone can create an audio program, build an audience online and even vault to stardom. Less celebrated is the fact that untold numbers of shows just wink out just as suddenly as they started." - Podfading Takes It's Toll, Wired, 2008. "We Should Totally Do A Podcast!" - Shit Skeptics Say. One of the things I pretty much inadvertently did with the book The Scope of Skepticism (I know, I know - but it's new and all and I've nearly sold … [Read more...]