Blogging Your Way To A Thesis In Parapsychology (AKA Superstitions Aren’t So Bad After All)

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Siouxsie asked via Twitter if I could resurect a blog post about blogging (how meta...) from a while back - so, just before I run out the door in order to go do some radio-recording volunteering at a central city campus (interviewing people about career choices via street vox pop!), I decided to zip a few details down. There's a lot of interest in the influence of online writing upon science communication, some of it will most likely be discussed at a forthcoming convention, … [Read more...]

Recipe For Completing Philosophy Essay Grading

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Ingredients: 1 x folder for placing completed essays in 1 x pile of essays for grading 2 x pens for grading 1 x rubber duck just because 1 x pencil case with additional pens 1 x pad of marking guide for writing feedback on essays 1 x diary for writing down things that suddenly come to mind and try to distract you from grading. 1 x sticky notes for jotting down points that come in common across essays for general feedback and/or additional notations 1 x phone set … [Read more...]

ScienceRewired’s Big Science Communication Summit – Vote On Speaker Submissions (Add Your Own)!

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Have you given your 'thumbs up' on the speaker submissions for #bigsci13 yet? Submissions close 21st May. Even if you're not attending, it'd be great to get your feedback on the issues and ideas that people are putting forward. Educators, scientists, science communicators, activists who are interested in the concerns about science in Australia and how well messages get out? This event's for you. Check out the interviews that are already conducted about the summit, or read the transcripts … [Read more...]

2013 NECSS Panel Video – Critical Thinking In Education

One of the comments on the video is "critical thinking should be taught from kindergarten..." - well, yes, it can be: http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/1824-what-is-philosophy-for-children-p4c-encouraging-a-critical-mindset-for-all-ages.html … [Read more...]

Ben Goldacre’s Bad Education? – Guest Post By Jonny Scaramanga

What follows is a guest post by Jonny Scaramanga - you can find his site at http://leavingfundamentalism.wordpress.com and follow him on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/JonnyScaramanga. Ben Goldacre is a bit of a hero to me. Like a lot of people, I discovered Bad Science and skepticism at the same time and found something I wanted to be part of. But now Dr. Goldacre has stepped into my field – education – and, frankly, he’s made a total balls-up of it. Now, there are lots of … [Read more...]

Interview With Dr Brooke Magnanti #SSAWeek

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Welcome to Hour Twenty-Two of the Token Skeptic Sunday Sessions! DONATE HERE! There’s 24 posts for every hour of today, looking at issues involving secularism, skepticism, atheism, feminism, science, philosophy and more - in order to support and urge you to donate to SSAWeek2013 at SecularStudents.org. The following is partially taken from the Token Skeptic podcast #127, where I interviewed Dr Magnanti, on her book The Sex Myth. What is a sex myth and how do we spot one? Where do … [Read more...]

Interview With Maryam Namazie #SSAWeek

Welcome to Hour Eighteen of the Token Skeptic Sunday Sessions! DONATE HERE! There’s 24 posts for every hour of today, looking at issues involving secularism, skepticism, atheism, feminism, science, philosophy and more - in order to support and urge you to donate to SSAWeek2013 at SecularStudents.org. Maryam Namazie is a political activist, campaigner and blogger, and the spokesperson for Fitnah - Movement for Women’s Liberation, and also the Equal Rights Now, One Law for … [Read more...]

Interview On Science Podcasting – Dr Pamela Gay And Fraser Cain #SSAWeek

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Welcome to Hour Eleven of the Token Skeptic Sunday Sessions! DONATE HERE! There’s 24 posts for every hour of today, looking at issues involving secularism, skepticism, atheism, feminism, science, philosophy and more - in order to support and urge you to donate to SSAWeek2013 at SecularStudents.org. Science podcasting is popular, fun and informative… but how do you make a success of it? Is there a formula that the experts use to get a show regularly on the air? How much research and … [Read more...]

Top Ten Realisations That You’re Not A “Student” Anymore, Mature-Age Student #SSAWeek

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Welcome to Hour Ten of the Token Skeptic Sunday Sessions! DONATE HERE! There’s 24 posts for every hour of today, looking at issues involving secularism, skepticism, atheism, feminism, science, philosophy and more - in order to support and urge you to donate to SSAWeek2013 at SecularStudents.org.  1) When you write "SHHH UP ALREADY" in ink on your forearm so often that it's turning into a tattoo after only the second day - because you're sick to death of automatically putting your … [Read more...]

How Not To Lose Your Kids At The Science Museum #SSAWeek

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Welcome to Hour Nine of the Token Skeptic Sunday Sessions! DONATE HERE! There's 24 posts for every hour of May 5th, 2013, looking at issues involving secularism, skepticism, atheism, philosophy and more - in order to support and urge you to donate to SSAWeek2013 at SecularStudents.org.  I've seen a few strategies that have worked over the years (and the following can also apply to shopping centres, fairgrounds, wherever you may have a kid who has a tendency to run off or be … [Read more...]