Long Read On Richard Dawkins – Destroying, Disturbing Or Deserving?

If you hop over to the Guardian website, you'll find a very enjoyable read - and a thorough one on the career and much of the life of Professor Richard Dawkins: Is Richard Dawkins destroying his reputation? by Sophie Elmhirst. Though he is used to receiving a steady flow of letters from fans of The God Delusion and new converts to atheism, he does not perceive himself as a figurehead. “I don’t need to say if I think of myself as a leader,” he said a few weeks later. “I simply need to say the boo … [Read more...]

Dennis Markuze (AKA David Mabus) – An End To The Saga?

This isn't an issue that has been on my radar much over the past few years - but it has concerned me whenever I hear an update, due to friends like Digital Cuttlefish having to deal with more of their persistent harassment that I ever have.So, some good news: "a sentence that requires [Dennis Markuze aka "David Mabus"]  to follow psychiatric treatment for three years," reports Paul Cherry of the Montreal Gazette: Semeniuk told Quebec Court Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer he believes Markuze suffers … [Read more...]

AtheistAus Podcast – Now On SoundCloud And On iTunes

Atheist Australia

For those who haven't been following the fairly-new journey of the AtheistAus Podcast - the official podcast of the Atheist Foundation of Australia - it now has a new and proper home on SoundCloud and its own iTunes feed.The additional details and downloads can also be found on the official listing of the show at the Atheist Foundation of Australia's site. There's an RSS feed there too.Previously episodes were hosted within the Token Skeptic podcast (where they will soon be removed) - no … [Read more...]

Some Reflections on #Hothouse At DarkMONA Via Social Media Notifications – Storify

Thanks to all the bloggers over in Hobart, Tasmania, who are documenting the event and the those taking part who make it worth following online![View the story "Reflections on #Hothouse At Dark MONA Via Social Media Notifications" on Storify] … [Read more...]

Dr Taslima Nasrin – Emergency Fundraising For Her Safety

Dr Nasrin was one of the presenters at the 2010 Global Atheist Convention and I was fortunate enough to meet her there and hear of her story - her story, however, is a continuing one of persecution and death threats and with the recent horrors in countries such as Bangladesh, she has had to escape to the USA.CFI is fundraising to help her remain safe :Nasrin was recently named as one of the next targets for murder by Al Qaeda-linked extremists, prompting CFI to assist in transporting her … [Read more...]

New Token Skeptic and Urban Legendary Podcasts Now Out

Daniel, Kylie, John and PZ Swancon 2015

A quick recap of what's been happening podcast-wise, as I get down to more work on producing all the skeptical/atheist things I do while not dealing with a cold! Episode One Hundred And Ninety Nine of the Token Skeptic Podcast – On Skepticism 101 With John Scalzi, Daniel Midgley and Kylie Sturgess -  This is a very long, panel recording – with tremendous thanks to SwanCon and their organisers (and the fellow panelists, John and Daniel!) for allowing this to happen.A 101 on skeptical thinki … [Read more...]

New Philosophy, Science, ChatShow Funny Podcast – Kinda Thinky!


Check it out - it's Kinda Thinky!They've been doing sold-out live shows since last year, included live-streaming, recorded video shows (that you can pay and get all of the series via Vimeo On Demand - a very good deal and I highly recommend it) - and now podcasts!In September 2014 CPAS academics Rod Lamberts and Will Grant launched KindaThinky, an innovative live talk show that takes place in Canberra’s Civic Pub. Every one of their shows has sold out, and KindaThinky has been the talk o … [Read more...]

Australian Future Science Stars – FameLab Finals 2015


The Australian FameLab finals were held in Fremantle, WA, this week - featuring viruses, spiders, algae and even a little poetry! The concept of FameLab is to train and encourage early-career researchers to talk about their science in plain English. It's an international competition, with over twenty five countries taking part and thousands of presenters taking to the stage to flex their science communication skills - with a time limit of three minutes. Media training and rehearsals are … [Read more...]

Dreaming Too Loud With Geoffrey Robertson – Perth Review

Dreaming too Loud

Perth events! There's been a number recently, and this is my belated review of going to see Geoffrey Robertson, the man that Christopher Hitchens described as 'the greatest living Australian'. An absolutely fantastic, thought-provoking, both poignant and occasionally very funny show - and it was a pity that it was a one-night only event (which is true for other shows in the national tour too; I hope that it is filmed or broadcast in the future). The tour raises funds for the Public Interest A … [Read more...]

Podcast Update (And More!)

Lawrence and Kylie

It's been a bit intensive with the podcasting recently:Episode One Hundred And Ninety Seven – On The Escapist – Interview With Lawrence Leung over at  http://tokenskeptic.org/2015/05/01/episode-one-hundred-and-ninety-seven-on-the-escapist-interview-with-lawrence-leung/It's not often that I get to do an interview in person; this one was done at the Toast cafe in East Perth and the day before his UWA show (which was great!) and it was mostly just an opportunity to catch up. Lawrence is an i … [Read more...]

Robin Ince Happiness Through Science – Perth Review And Photos

on stage

It's going to be difficult to be a fair reviewer, as I was working behind the scenes at the gig.But even if I wasn't, I know this: I knew he was funny. I didn't know he was brilliant on stage. And I really envy the rest of the country who are going to get different shows that only skim the surface of his rather dizzyingly funny brain. Which you'll get to see in 3D during a slide show.Enough review. Here's some photo memories for you that I've taken. Big thanks to The Astor, all the Tims … [Read more...]