The IQ2 ‘Atheists Are Wrong’ Debate – If You Can Stomach It

Okay - is there ANYONE out there who can debate (even as an atheist! I'm open to that!) the AFFIRMATIVE to 'Atheists Are Wrong' without going off-topic?Seriously. I was looking forward to this debate. I thought 'Excellent, a good teaching resource, it'll be something that I can use for discussion and students who want to come up with good pro-and-cons as to being religious or being atheist can keep this in mind and perhaps be inspired.' But this one went... and I guess it's the first thing … [Read more...]

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – Sisters Are Doing It (Science And Secular)

Wednesday Morning Links Of Love: Because Everyone Needs A RSS-cit With Their Morning Coffee. If you have a link, tweet it to my Twitter account at TokenSkeptic!From Alom Shaha, on Twitter - Jo Marchant on Guardian ScienceBlogs: Why are so few popular science books written by women? There are plenty of women writing about science, but their names rarely make it onto bookshelves or into the shortlist of the Royal Society's science book prize. From Leslie Cannold, on Twitter - great book review o … [Read more...]

Brave New Rationalist Bookshop – Art To Celebrate Embiggen Books’ Grand (Re)Opening

Dear C,Remember that little local artist's painting I sent you back in 2007? The one that's small enough to use as a coffee-mat, that I got from one of several folders that were full of plastic sleeves and original sketches and paintings? Assorted art that the artist didn't seem to want hanging around? Remember how I told you that the artist won a freaking Oscar this year?PLEASE put yours in a frame now...Love, K.Yes, the picture is one of many that feature in the windows of Em … [Read more...]

Australian Astrophysicist Joint-Winner Of Nobel Prize!

Yes, I know, I know - we've enjoyed the Australian wins for the Ig-Nobel's already - but here's the real deal and Australians are featured! From ABC News: Australian National University astronomer Brian Schmidt has been named a joint winner of the 2011 Nobel physics prize for his research into supernovae. The prize was awarded "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae", the Nobel Committee for Physics at the Royal Swedish Academy … [Read more...]

WANT – Corn Mazes In Space! (Or Crop Circles For Science)

From the Examiner's Space Exploration column, by Paul Scott Anderson (click to embiggen): Space-themed corn mazes celebrate NASA! Most people have seen or heard about corn mazes, those huge patterns cut into corn fields in a wide variety of shapes and themes, where you can wander around in them and try to find your way out again. Similar to but not quite the same as crop circles, they have become a very popular form of agritourism, especially for children. Now NASA is getting in on it a … [Read more...]

Donors Choose Challenge At Freethought Blogs

This is the first time I've been part of a blogging network that took part in something like Donors Choose - and yes, there's a number of us at FreeThought Blogs who are involved! Here's the FreeThought Blog Leaderboard for science blogging, so you can see how the team is going.I was entertained by Digital Cuttlefish's verse on the matter (as always): So please join with me, and this atheist squad (though your money’s still good if you worship a god, Or an idol, a tree, or a c … [Read more...]

Let’s Have A Montage – Cephalopod Awesomeness

Woken up by email at 4am... to learn that I am scheduled to help out with a squid dissection! I'm rather excited, will give me something to report upon for Cephalopod Week. :)From Boing Boing - Hanlon, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, studies camouflage in cephalopods--squid, cuttlefish and octopus. They are masters of optical illusion. These are some of Hanlon's top video picks of sea creatures. … [Read more...]

NRG TitaniumION Rubber Bands Get Bounced By Rebel Sport

In a blog post over at Science Based Medicine, ('Pseudoscience Sells') Dr Steve Novella sums up TitaniumION Bands: Next up is the Titanium Ion Bands. Their claims are essentially the same – wear a little bracelet on your wrist and you will have improved performance. Instead of holograms and frequencies, their bands are alleged to work through negative ions. This is just another recycled pseudoscientific claim that has been around for years. Just search on “negative ions” and you will see a variet … [Read more...]

Climate Change Denial Machine – Flow Chart

From Wilson daSilva - Flow chart of climate denial machine produced by sociologists.It says that it's from Dunlap and McCright, 'Organised Climate-Change Denial' in the Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, Oxford University Press, 2011, p.147. … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Ira Glass On Creativity

Monday Morning Muse - Sometimes It'll Get You Through The Rest Of The Week.Like many non-Americans, I suspect, I came across Ira Glass rather late in life. But, like my interest in David Sedaris, Frank Zappa, John Hodgman and Sarah Vowell, I've been working on my late-bloomer status.Here's a YouTube version (the full, unanimated lectures of Glass feature here) using kinetic typography. … [Read more...]

On Project Barnum – Interview With Hayley Stevens

Thanks to the overloading of vodcasts from Dragon*Con, I seem to have capped my Libsyn account temporarily. However, thanks to the wonderful patience and professionalism of Hayley Stevens, I do have a sneak-preview transcript of the start of the interview that will be appearing on the Token Skeptic podcast, episode Seventy-Nine!When I've figured out the bandwidth issue, you can download Token Skeptic #79 - On Project Barnum – Interview With Hayley Stevens from the official Token Skeptic pod … [Read more...]


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