Links Du Jour – In Defence Of Pseudoscience, Zombies, Sandy Storm Photo Fakes And PAXAustralia Passes Selling Out!

I’m heading out to do some training in preparation for Open House Perth - it’s the first time that it’s being held in Perth over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th November, and I’m volunteering over the whole weekend. So I might see you about if you’re checking out the design and architectural features of the city, and they are still looking for volunteers if you can help.

I’m finding it a little distressing that friends in the US are currently having to deal with a tropical storm hitting their cities at the same time that I’m helping showcase my own, so my thoughts are with you all and I hope it passes very soon.

The Atlantic – InstaSnopes: Sorting the Real Sandy Photos from the Fakes:

With Hurricane Sandy approaching the New York metro area, the nation’s eyes are turning to its largest city. Photos of storms and flooding are popping up all over Twitter, and while many are real, some of them — especially the really eye-popping ones — are fake.

New York Times Opinion – A Big Storm Requires Big Government:

Disaster coordination is one of the most vital functions of “big government,” which is why Mitt Romney wants to eliminate it. At a Republican primary debate last year, Mr. Romney was asked whether emergency management was a function that should be returned to the states. He not only agreed, he went further.

The Australian - The disabled have roles to play:

Mellis and other key figures in the arts and disability sector are getting together to discuss issues such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme, improving access to arts venues for people with disability and creating opportunities in the arts for people with disability.

MSN News - Ben Radford - Zombies: The facts that keep alive the story of the undead - To many, they are merely a means of entertainment — for others, they are very real.

ABC Science – Believe it or not; pseudoscience provides the perfect launch pad for logical thought, says Dr Paul Willis:

…Throughout my career as a scientist and science communicator I’ve been struck by how many of my colleagues also shared an early interest in the pseudosciences and how examining and testing those beliefs led them to appreciate rational thinking and dispatch the pseudosciences as implausibilities that are often riddled with fraud. In this way pseudoscience has been a scratching post for many young scientists upon which they can hone their logical abilities to investigate and test claims.

PAX Australia – three day tickets nearly sold out!

 

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • Lofty

    If you dismantle government, all that’s left is armies, filthy rich people, and churches. So to get disaster relief you are herded to the nearest church and told to debase yourself before you get anything. What a nice future he has planned for the US.

    • M, Supreme Anarch of the Queer Illuminati

      …except even armies and private property are functions of government. It isn’t that people like Rmoney oppose government per se — they just oppose those functions of government that don’t help them gain even greater advantages over other people.


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