The End Of Philosophy Classes (An Incidental Lesson On John Edward)

NOTE - Simon Taylor is NOW in Perth! Check out details of his comedy tour here - he'll be catching up with the Perth Atheists and Skeptics tomorrow! One of the many small surprises of the recession has been a significant growth in the number of philosophy majors, according the the Philadelphia Inquirer. It has slightly exceeded the growth of enrolments in the last ten years; many other humanities and social science fields have just kept up. At the University of California at Berkeley, despite or … [Read more...]

On Sally Morgan And The Issues With Testing Psychic Claimants (Are There Any?)

One of the unfortunate side-effects of Twitter is that you can get short, sharp, terse-sounding and inappropriate comments that are intended to be anything but. I'm certain Tim Minchin could talk about that quite easily, for example.This doesn't mean that the occasional intentional passive-aggressive statement is completely absent, which (as I'm certain we all know) can also be par for the course with online interactions. They tend to just exacerbate what could be, at its core, a simple mis … [Read more...]

New Token Skeptic Podcast – Very Superstitious!

From the 2011 Skeptrack at Dragon*Con, this is one of six panels that I took part in and it's one I was proud to moderate! Head to the Token Skeptic podcast site to download (and please consider becoming a donor to keep the show going!)This is "Very Superstitious - psychology, belief, weird things - what does the research show and when is superstition not the way?" Features Kylie Sturgess, Dr Steven Novella, Barbara Drescher, Stephen King and Robert Blaskiewicz.Many thanks to all the p … [Read more...]

When ‘Skepticism’ Makes Me *Headdesky* – Not-So-Much A Jefferson Quote After All

From the Friendly Atheist:The Backyard Skeptics in Orange County, California — no strangers to controversy— just put up this billboard yesterday afternoon: "I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature. It is founded on fables and mythology" - Thomas Jefferson. ...Just one problem with the quotation… Jefferson never said it. Oh bloody hell.Anyway. Today is Friday, I'm thinking of spending a little time checking out the Conscious Living Expo in my town (mostly because the Australian Va … [Read more...]

On Gardasil For Guys / Boys, Girls And The HPV Vaccine

Despite The Hamster Wheel's gentle mocking of the departed Hungry Beast show last night ("Vaginas, Robots, Vox Pops and Graphics?") - you have to admit that they were ahead of the bell-curve when it came to suggesting the HPV vaccine for men as well as women:That is the great Daniel 'Professor Funk' Keogh, local Perth science celebrity and the creator of the 'The Strange Power Of The Placebo Effect' video that I put onto the Token Skeptic podcast about a year ago(with many, many thanks!). … [Read more...]

Send The Secular Student Alliance Some Reddit And Facebook Love!

Okay, I'm going to make it very plain:So, there you go. Nyah.Seriously though, the Secular Student Alliance Facebook page got a TREMENDOUS amount of Reddit love (a popular social networking site) in a short space of time (about gone from 6.5k to over 13k in nine hours) and they'd appreciate the recognition and support from everyone out there - even if you're not currently a university/college student like I am, you can still zip in a click to the Facebook page or 'upvote' the Reddit link ( … [Read more...]

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – This Stephen Fry Walked Into Embiggen Bookshop…

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – Because I Just Got A Cat To The Vet And There Was Nothing Wrong Except For The Effort Of Getting A Cat To The Vet, So Here's Some Links To Recover From That Experience.Cat's okay, in case you were wondering. Just rather miffed that he got put into a box.Anyway. I was chatting to a friend on Google+ today (which considering my earlier grumbles about it's very existence with the post To Google + Or Not To Google +?, I'm fairly convinced that their chats are a deter … [Read more...]

The Future Of Skepticism (Melbourne SkeptiCamp Video)

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With Thanks To The Donors Choice Donors – Clinton Foundation Celebrity Brainstorm

Many, many thanks to all of you who donated to the Donors Choice FreeThought Bloggers.Seriously. $24,986 donated, 331 members and 16,418 students reached. My special, sincere thanks to Brian, John and the anonymous donors who helped my total of $418 with 8 projects, according to my page. For someone on the other side of the world from the USA, I'm glad that I played a part in encouraging education. Thanks all. … [Read more...]

Donors Choice – A Message From Women And Hands-On Science

Firstly - today in Melbourne at Embiggen Books! Check out the podcast interview!  The event is Contempt of Court: Unofficial Voices from the DOGS Australian High Court Case, 1981. Not only is it a talk by the book’s author Jean Ely – popular Melbourne comedian Rod Quantock, activist and former politician Joan Coxsedge and Max Wallace, author and 2010 Global Atheist Convention presenter and Director of the Australia New Zealand National Secular Association will be there too. Thursday. 6-7.30pm a … [Read more...]

Our Future In Space – TAM9 Panel

Panel - Our Future in Space from JREF on Vimeo. Featuring Dr Pamela Gay, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. … [Read more...]


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