Archives for March 2013

…Arriving Via Umbrella To Patheos (Your First Blog Post)

It's around 4am. No matter where you are in the world, you’re usually awake around 4am.This time you're awake thinking of something Bob wrote on Twitter about arriving at Patheos blogs from FreeThought blogs:Then you start wondering if you have any photos whatsoever that could reflect this comment for real and the only thing you remember is a photo from Japan, around 2006:Not quite the same. But it's 4am and it's always the same. You could be in an airport hotel in M … [Read more...]

…And Then, The End.

This is the last blogpost - many thanks to those who have supported me. Many thanks to Ed Brayton and Digital Cuttlefish in particular.A while back I made this list. It's been quite a journey.The 365 Days of Philosophy and Token Skeptic podcast and other writing ventures (Curiouser and Curiouser over on CSI) will continue. I'll be working at ScienceRewired later this year.Soon: - please change any bookmarks to there, in about a week or so. … [Read more...]

Interview With The Divine Catherine Alcorn – And More Young Australian Skeptics (With Skeptics To Know)

A quick update of what I've been up to - with things that I hope you'll enjoy!As a part of the radio course I'm doing, we've been doing one hour shows on albums - and the album I did was The Rose, which starred Bette Midler in her first (and Oscar-award nominated) movie role.Since the recent Fringe Festival here in Perth featured a fantastic cabaret show by Catherine Alcorn, called The Divine Miss Bette, I thought it'd be a great opportunity to include an interview with her. Catherine's … [Read more...]

Happy Pi Day 2013 – Mayfield High School in Ohio

The lyrics to this Pi song were written by Ronald Werman. This Pi Day song will be sung on Pi Day 2013 during the morning announcements at Mayfield High School in Ohio. It is sung to "Call Me Maybe". … [Read more...]

In Conversation with Richard Dawkins – Hosted by Stephen Law

Stephen Law was interviewed for the first podcast of the 365 Days of Philosophy site.  … [Read more...]

Oh Yeah! Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter

  Of course, Warner Bros. still owns Veronica Mars and we would need their blessing and cooperation to pull this off. Kristen and I met with the Warner Bros. brass, and they agreed to allow us to take this shot. They were extremely cool about it, as a matter of fact. Their reaction was, if you can show there’s enough fan interest to warrant a movie, we’re on board. So this is it. This is our shot. I believe it's the only one we've got. It's nerve-wracking. I suppose we could fail in spe … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Billy Joel – Sings To Piano Accompaniment Of Student

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Australians! Support Seeking West Australian Sharks And Community Radio Nation-Wide

Two projects that the locals and the nationals can help out with! Let's find out the facts about sharks: Do you use the ocean in Western Australia?If so, we would really appreciate your help with our research. Please click here to fill out our survey. It should take about 15 minutes to complete.Over the past couple of years encounters between people and sharks have received a huge amount of public attention. This is particularly true in Western Australia, where five reported fatal encounters … [Read more...]

The Media Guide To Skepticism – Want To Explain Skepticism? One Easy Document For You

I have some news coming up soon, but in the meantime:Media Guide to SkepticismPurpose: To provide a clear, easy-to-read guide about the “Skeptical” viewpoint as subscribed to by many who might call themselves Skeptics or critical thinkers; to distinguish practical Skepticism from the popular use of the phrase “I’m skeptical,” and from those who claim to be “skeptics” regarding some well-established conclusion (such as climate change).Includes:What is skepticism? What does it mean to be … [Read more...]

Question – What Are Some Of Sheldrake’s Claims?

A question posed to me via Twitter - so here's some resources:Firstly, the Skeptic's Dictionary is always a good start - Bob Carroll has got a number of newsletters and here's the morphic resonance article and the N'kisi & the N'kisi Project correspondence. Newsletter from 1998 by the NTSkeptics, on the claims of Sheldrake - "The amazing ideas of Rupert Sheldrake" by John Blanton, with one of the illustrations from The Presence of the Past, on morpho-genetic fields. Michael Shermer wri … [Read more...]

Bloomin’ Heck – The Editor of TED.Com Mentions Me Re: Rupert Sheldrake TEDx Talk

But you don't care about that - what you DO care about (and should care about!) is that many of these talks are referred to by teachers (I would use a TED talk in Philosophy or English class to illustrate a point, particularly about the environment or critical thinking or examples of rhetoric and activism), policy-makers and by online learners as useful resources and as a platform that many of them would aspire to have their ideas and innovations one day featured.A TED talk is something that … [Read more...]