Address Is Approximate

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Poland’s Flying Lanterns

Part of the November Break Series – November 20th. I’ll be back on December 5th.Poland set a world record for flying the most floating lanterns. You better believe it looked amazing. … [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...]

Nathalie Miebach: Art Made Of Storms

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‘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...]

Catvertising

Part of the November Break Series – I’ll be back blogging as usual on December 5th.Thanks to Jim WW Smith for this find. … [Read more...]

Yet Another Threat To (Alternative To Scripture) Ethics Classes In NSW

Context - I was trained in the Philosophy for Children methodology in 2004 by Phillip Cam and Ann Margaret Sharp; it's a part of the Philosophy and Ethics course that is taught state-wide here and I've interviewed Phillip Cam for the Token Skeptic podcast about it: ‘Did you know that children whose parents make a conscientious decision to have them opt out of Special Religious Education (SRE) are prohibited from any form of instruction during this period? NSW Department of Education policy p … [Read more...]

Therefore, Tim Minchin – Should We Be ‘Actual Humans’ As Atheists/Skeptics Too?

Never fear! I saved this post before the work was being done at FtB! Reposted!From Ophelia Benson’s post: “Just don’t be cruel to ANYONE, ever. On the internet, or in your life. Just imagine, as you sharpen your pen, that every man is your uncle or your brother, and that every woman is your mother or your sister. Just don’t spread vitriol. It’s not clever, it’s not funny, it doesn’t improve anything, it fails to educate, elucidate or encourage debate. It’s lazy. It’d be boring if it wasn’t so a … [Read more...]

Falling On The Moon

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The Daily Show On Penn State’s Joe Paterno

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Short List Of Things To Check Out

EDIT - because I just learned of it: Why the “Critical” in Critical Thinking. Go read. I am sure that most people have not thought much about why it’s called “critical thinking” and, when asked, would probably assume that “critical” refers to its importance (especially skeptics). However, they would only be partially correct. “Critical” means “crucial”, but it also refers to discriminating judgments. Critical thinking is an process in which we distinguish accurate information from inaccurate info … [Read more...]


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