On Belling The Cat And Other Online Wah-Wah

"[They are] a person, they do have feelings. Would you honestly say that to their face? Really. Would you ever say that to their face?" Because some times we forget. - Jennifer Ouellette, interview conducted for the Token Skeptic Podcast, Episode Eighty-Eight – On Codes Of Conduct Part II – Sexism, Skepticism And Civility Online. Not blogging. I'm sick of wah wah.Today, I checked out Facebook for an hour or so, after making an effort to cut down my time online. I've spent about two weeks foc … [Read more...]

Vale Anne McCaffery

Lord, I'm close enough to epitaph writing that I wouldn't be very witty. I think 'Story Teller' would be a good summation. Anne McCaffery. I share the sentiments of Scott Sigler, who wrote on Facebook: Anne McCaffrey has passed away. She was my favorite author as a kid. I couldn't get enough of Pern, Dragonflight, Dragonsinger and the Crystal Singer. Anne created magic, pure and simple. I read the paperbacks over and over, until they were crumbling. Out of all the books I read as a kid (and … [Read more...]

Vaccine Times Requests Help For A Family In Need

From the Vaccine Times site: I was approached by the daughter of a friend of a friend who finds herself in a dire situation and needs help. I come to you today not as a skeptic, not as an atheist, but as a human. I ask for you to take off your skeptical/freethinkers hats and put on your humanitarian ones. A young mother and her 2-year-old child need your help and I hope you’ll answer their call. I ask you to be that something today. Read the short story below and if you find it in your hearts, pl … [Read more...]

Tim Minchin In New Scientist

Are you on a mission for science? I'm a gateway drug into philosophy and scepticism, because I'm the moron version of it. But I use terms like causation or confirmation bias that kids can go and look up if they're interested. I refuse to hold a banner up too much, though. It's incredibly obvious that I'm an atheist and a rationalist and a sceptic, but you won't often hear me calling myself one. The longer I can just be quirky, wacky and arty in the public eye the better. I play piano and I make … [Read more...]

Ten Quirky Science Stunts Of The Season – Richard Wiseman

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What Do You Want Out Of A Skeptical Podcast? Let Me Know!

Still got nothing to do for exactly two minutes on a Sunday? Well, it's the last few days to fill in the survey that features over on the Token Skeptic podcast: I’m after basic demographics, what features you enjoy, what episodes you like (or even loathe) and what suggestions you have for the future of the Token Skeptic Podcast. If you have the time – click here to take this simple survey that will help the show in the future. The questions are able to be skipped if you don't want to answer the … [Read more...]

Now On YouTube – The James Randi Show – Cold Fusion and Carl Sagan

The Randi Show is a biweekly video podcast produced by the James Randi Educational Foundation. James Randi himself discusses news from the world of science, pseudoscience, and the paranormal. Plus, he shares some stories from his amazing life. In this episode, Randi explores the latest news in cold fusion. Has it finally been achieved? … [Read more...]

SciTech’s Rescue Exhibition

Rescue - on at Perth's SciTech. … [Read more...]

From Jenner to Wakefield: The Anti-Vaccination Movement

From Jenner to Wakefield: The Anti-Vaccination Movement from Gresham College on FORA.tvThanks to Milton. In 1998 a medical furor broke out when The Lancet published an article by Andrew Wakefield questioning the benefits of the MMR vaccination which was being given unquestioningly to children throughout the UK. … [Read more...]

‘What We Don’t Need Is Critical Thinking’ – Takedown Of A TEDx Talk On JREF’s Swift

Check out the excellent article Fluff Won't Make The World A Better Place over on the JREF Swift blog: One of my favorite sources of interesting content is TED. If you're not sure what that is, I highly recommend watching a few of the talks posted online and read about it. TEDx on the other hand... TEDx is a program which allows people to license the TED name to organize small (<100 attendees) TED-like events in their communities. Many TEDx talks are available online as well. Some are just as … [Read more...]

Two New Token Skeptic Episodes – On The #AtheistCon Plus Eugenie Scott And Steve Novella

Two episodes! Head to the Token Skeptic website to get them both!For Episode Eighty-Six, I’m interviewing Jason Ball – he serves on the Rationalist Australia Committee, is the President of the Freethought University Alliance and is a spokesperson for the Atheist Foundation of Australia and an organiser for the Global Atheist Convention. You can also hear him on the Young Australian Skeptics podcast, The Pseudoscientists!We talk about the forthcoming Global Atheist Convention, the Global Athei … [Read more...]


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