“How do we know what is true?” Narrated by Stephen Fry – That’s Humanism!

And a happy St Patrick's Day!A short Humanist animation about how we learn what's true through the use of evidence and science … [Read more...]

Demo: The Movie

)Head to the official site at ScienceDemo.org ScienceDemo.org is run by Jonathan Sanderson, Alom Shaha and others, all of whom are the sort of people you'd like to take down the pub and yak to for hours on end about science demonstrations.It's a StoryCog production. Nobody's paying us for this, which may explain the lengthy gaps between posts. If you'd like to help fill those gaps, get in touch! This film follows science teacher Alom Shaha as he goes on a journey to explore the use of … [Read more...]

Skeptics Have Been Busy On Wikipedia! #GSoW

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Thanks to Susan and her team, who seem to have more energy than most distant galaxies, there's a new update to the blog called Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. This one is all about the GSoW (as they're called) doing a lot of work over the past two months! Mostly new people are assigned what I call "backwards edits" mainly from podcast interviews. I've made spreadsheets with every episode of specific podcasts, and then assign the new editor the task of listening and relistening to the … [Read more...]

Swimming Your Way – New Children’s Paleofiction – Plesiosaur Peril!

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I got a great email this morning, which brightened up the day. My niece is the owner of the first two in the series and I'll be getting her a copy of the third: I'm excited to announce that my brand new children's paleofiction storybook Plesiosaur Peril is hitting stores now (official release, March 1, … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Olivia Wilde: State of Female Justice

Here, actress Olivia Wilde joins the State of Female Justice panel to discuss the responsibilities of celebrities towards advancing social justice and the portrayals of women in the media. … [Read more...]

Honey Badgers – Masters Of Mayhem (From YouTube Honeybadgers To Mainstream TV)

When I was at the last Australian Science Communicators conference (#ASC14), I really enjoyed checking out what are some of the new documentaries and videos (and the growth of new online providers of science, via YouTube, such as Veritasium, et al) - but I didn't see this one.From YouTube to TV. Honeybadger don't give a #$&^#$ by Randall? Now on PBS!PBS' Nature: http://full.sc/1dEfylb Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem airs Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 8pm on PBS. What would … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – How Wolves Change Rivers

A while back, when I was in Berlin, some of the people I met tried talking to me about the importance of wolves to the European wildlife, and I knew a little about what they meant. I had taught the novel "Wolf" by Gillian Cross, in conjunction with a movie "Never Cry Wolf", and many of my students sought out their own novels with "Wolf" in the title and did book reviews.In short, I enjoyed this video: … [Read more...]

More Token Skeptic Podcast! #179: Skeptical Science, Brain Craft And The Science Of Immunisation

The interviews for this podcast were done on the VERY last day of the #ASC14 event that happened earlier this week, during the final few breaks that we had between the sessions. At one point you can hear the next session bell rings and Vanessa and I run off to go check out the next lecture.Episode One Hundred And Seventy Nine – On Adventures At The #ASC14 – Skeptical Science, Brain Craft And The Science Of Immunisation. I really enjoyed talking to them all and I hope you enjoy listening to th … [Read more...]

On My Way To #ASC14 (And Everything Else I’ve Been Doing These Past Two Weeks)

Virgin Perth airport lounge

I'm here.FINALLY Perth got itself an airport lounge with the wifi and the coffee and the snacks and a quiet corner. So I can do the following: “I Immunise” With The Immunisation Alliance Of Western Australia – Interview With Dr. Katie Attwell - over at my column for the Skeptical Inquirer website, called Curiouser and Curiouser.You can check out the podcast over here, on the Token Skeptic website:Episode One Hundred And Seventy Five – On I Imunise – Interview With Dr Katie Attwell … [Read more...]

Australia’s Girlfriend Magazine Takes Steps To Help Talk About Sex – With Science!

http://www.girlfriend.com.au/

Science communicators in Australia are really fantastic and I'm looking forward to the ASC14 conference, where I'll get to learn more about the kinds of projects that have been going on in Australia... like right now, today!I've been busy doing the promoting #ASC14, its people and podcasting throughout, and this news about a press briefing reached me while I was editing. I'll post more links when they become available - in the meantime, here's the rundown.Girlfriend magazine is pretty … [Read more...]

UWA Atheist And Skeptic Society – Blogging Their Concern About Creationists On Campus

You can check out their website at http://uass.asn.au - here's their most recent concern: In August 2013, a church group called Zion Praise Harvest held several lectures in Perth by young earth creationist, John Mackay. This included a few lectures in churches, as well as one at Curtin University and one at the University of Western Australia. Entitled “Exposing Evolution, Confirming Creation”, the lecture at UWA had no substance and presented no evidence. Click on through to read the entire sa … [Read more...]


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