I COULD Just Scream, But Instead I’ll Promote Science – XOJane Health Column On Birth Control

I don't want to do any kind of nasty, mean-spirited post about the news over on Gawker - Ranting Lady Blogger Hates Birth Control, Only Uses Plan B.Of course, it's caught the attention of a few sites you might read already (like XO Jane's Health Editor...are you playing with me? by Scicurious). The article in question is a column called "GET IT TOGETHER, GIRLS: EVERY GODDAMN PHARMACY IN NEW YORK IS OUT OF PLAN B! EVERY ONE!"What I will say is that apart from the casual attitude regarding Plan … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – ‘When’s The Right Time To Announce You’re A Young Atheist?’

Sunday Morning Survey – Because On A Morning This Nice It's More Fun To Stretch Your Brain Than Stretch The Spine Of A Hymn Book.Firstly - hat-tip to the very kind Digital Cuttlefish who has blogged about the Phiten necklaces in Prime Time Superstition and gave a hat-tip to my blog-post on NRG TitaniumION Bands.More importantly, as mentioned by WWJT in his recent blog-post, Digital Cuttlefish once wrote about Jessica Ahlquist, in a blog-post called Fox News Commenters Hate America. Young peop … [Read more...]

Unwell And The Links That Don’t Help Much (A Bill Cosby Drumming Interlude)

I have a cold. I've just written the Sunday post that I'll schedule for tomorrow morning... but I thought that I should write something here.Something.Oh god my head hurts. And I feel awful as I'm letting someone down about a meeting tomorrow but I don't think I should drive a car let alone be typing anything other than pls get hdache tablts thx into my phone.I could post you links to illusionist Derren Brown talking to Philosopher, author and Open University lecturer Nigel Warburton about … [Read more...]

Because I Love You – The Princess Bride (In 2011)

I remember the first William Goldman film I ever saw - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I ended up studying it as a Media student at university. This, however, remains one of my favourite films and books, let alone works by Goldman - and I've been fortunate enough to teach and recommend both to students. Enjoy this if you know what I'm talking about and click to embiggen. This one is for Kathy. … [Read more...]

Politics And Anti-Abortion Efforts On BOTH Sides Of The Pond – On H.R 358

If you're a follower of #EveryThingIDo, you may have noticed that there's a Token Skeptic podcast interview with the articulate and community-minded skeptic Liz Lutgendorff, who along with Carmen D’Cruz started a counter-campaign in response to the '40 Days for Life' called 40 Days of Treats.I've submitted an article to the UK Skeptic based on the interview, so hopefully it'll be out next edition (and you can find out for yourself by subscribing to their fine publication! REALLY good bumper iss … [Read more...]

Zombie Attack? Never Fear, A Hardware Store Is Here To Help…

I know that the task of advertising a hardware store might not awaken one's creative muse easily... but this is bloody funny. Er, so to speak....and there's the zombie take on it:  Westlake has been a valuable resource throughout the zombie awakening with zombie preparedness experts, tools for defense and zombieproofing and now zombies are gathering outside the store in protest. … [Read more...]

Late Thursday Links – Singh Asks Sally To Prove It And Talking Science To Kids

Late Thursday Links - Because I'm Waiting For My Pizza To Arrive And This Passes The Time And Besides, Digital Cuttlefish Needs A Kitteh And A Hug:"Oskar the Blind Kitten Versus Hair Dryer - Epic Cat Battle"Report from the Nigerian Humanist Convention - Graham writes: It was inspiring to be in the presence of so many Nigerian thinkers as the only non-Nigerian and to be the only foreigner ever to present the Humanist Day Talk. The comradeship, love, care, solidarity and support I exp … [Read more...]

The Spoon Theory, Deafness And Skepticism (I’m One-Degree-Of-Separation Most Days)

Do you know what the Spoon Theory is (pdf link)? If you don't, you can also check the following video after you read about my day.I just came in from a lovely lunch with two wonderful people who work for disability services in town. We all knew each other from different circumstances, as skeptics - and then suddenly realised over a plate of olives, cheese and mocktails that they worked in the same building and never realised it! … [Read more...]

JREF’s Sadie Crabtree – Winning Hearts And Minds For Skepticism

Sadie Crabtree - Winning Hearts and Minds for Skepticism from JREF on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

To Google + Or Not To Google +?

Okay - bear with me with this one, as it's certainly dismissible as 'Well, nice to have problems of only this magnitude, sheesh...'.But do you feel the same? Is it possibly just 'a female thing', as posed by Phil Plait in a quote that follows this? Social networking is useful for getting in touch with other secular and skeptic people. I can't tell on G+ whether all the people adding me are those kinds of people. Some people I know are definitely secular/skeptical, but I don't know them well en … [Read more...]

Must-Reads That I’m Reading – Separating Skepticism From Values, A Guide To Conspiracies (And Unicorns!)

New Podcast Out! On Forty Days Of Treats - Interview With Liz LutgendorffI'll see about making this a fortnightly blog-post, although during the school holidays I have a little more time for reading than usual. So, here's a magazine, a blog-post, a book for research and a book for the fun of it. I'll make this a regular feature in the future and feel free to put in your own recommendations in the comments!Magazine -  Skeptic Magazine, Vol. 16. Number 4. I just got this in the mail ye … [Read more...]


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