The IQ2 ‘Atheists Are Wrong’ Debate – If You Can Stomach It

Okay - is there ANYONE out there who can debate (even as an atheist! I'm open to that!) the AFFIRMATIVE to 'Atheists Are Wrong' without going off-topic?Seriously. I was looking forward to this debate. I thought 'Excellent, a good teaching resource, it'll be something that I can use for discussion and students who want to come up with good pro-and-cons as to being religious or being atheist can keep this in mind and perhaps be inspired.' But this one went... and I guess it's the first thing … [Read more...]

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – Sisters Are Doing It (Science And Secular)

Wednesday Morning Links Of Love: Because Everyone Needs A RSS-cit With Their Morning Coffee. If you have a link, tweet it to my Twitter account at TokenSkeptic!From Alom Shaha, on Twitter - Jo Marchant on Guardian ScienceBlogs: Why are so few popular science books written by women? There are plenty of women writing about science, but their names rarely make it onto bookshelves or into the shortlist of the Royal Society's science book prize. From Leslie Cannold, on Twitter - great book review o … [Read more...]

Brave New Rationalist Bookshop – Art To Celebrate Embiggen Books’ Grand (Re)Opening

Dear C,Remember that little local artist's painting I sent you back in 2007? The one that's small enough to use as a coffee-mat, that I got from one of several folders that were full of plastic sleeves and original sketches and paintings? Assorted art that the artist didn't seem to want hanging around? Remember how I told you that the artist won a freaking Oscar this year?PLEASE put yours in a frame now...Love, K.Yes, the picture is one of many that feature in the windows of Em … [Read more...]

Australian Astrophysicist Joint-Winner Of Nobel Prize!

Yes, I know, I know - we've enjoyed the Australian wins for the Ig-Nobel's already - but here's the real deal and Australians are featured! From ABC News: Australian National University astronomer Brian Schmidt has been named a joint winner of the 2011 Nobel physics prize for his research into supernovae. The prize was awarded "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae", the Nobel Committee for Physics at the Royal Swedish Academy … [Read more...]

NRG TitaniumION Rubber Bands Get Bounced By Rebel Sport

In a blog post over at Science Based Medicine, ('Pseudoscience Sells') Dr Steve Novella sums up TitaniumION Bands: Next up is the Titanium Ion Bands. Their claims are essentially the same – wear a little bracelet on your wrist and you will have improved performance. Instead of holograms and frequencies, their bands are alleged to work through negative ions. This is just another recycled pseudoscientific claim that has been around for years. Just search on “negative ions” and you will see a variet … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Ira Glass On Creativity

Monday Morning Muse - Sometimes It'll Get You Through The Rest Of The Week.Like many non-Americans, I suspect, I came across Ira Glass rather late in life. But, like my interest in David Sedaris, Frank Zappa, John Hodgman and Sarah Vowell, I've been working on my late-bloomer status.Here's a YouTube version (the full, unanimated lectures of Glass feature here) using kinetic typography. … [Read more...]

On Project Barnum – Interview With Hayley Stevens

Thanks to the overloading of vodcasts from Dragon*Con, I seem to have capped my Libsyn account temporarily. However, thanks to the wonderful patience and professionalism of Hayley Stevens, I do have a sneak-preview transcript of the start of the interview that will be appearing on the Token Skeptic podcast, episode Seventy-Nine!When I've figured out the bandwidth issue, you can download Token Skeptic #79 - On Project Barnum – Interview With Hayley Stevens from the official Token Skeptic pod … [Read more...]

‘Coke And Fries’ Backlash – Pharmacy Guild Of Australia’s Alt Med Tie-In With Blackmores

The more than 200 audits of complementary medicines, conducted between June 2009 and December 2010, found hundreds of instances where treatments failed to comply with regulations and sparked a wave of news reports, opening something like this: ''Many vitamins, herbs and Chinese medicines make false claims and don't work.''...Research has shown that more than half of Australians incorrectly believe alternative medicines are independently tested by the TGA before being allowed on sale. That is … [Read more...]

Just For Laughs – UFO Prank

This is one of the things that my research looked into - the likelihood of UFOs having visited earth. Results? Not that much of a difference in comparison to international belief in aliens (for example, one survey reported a 15% belief in abduction by aliens out of a sample of 8000 in the UK, 1997). Hopefully if firm evidence of alien contact DOES happen on the side of the road, people don't get the giggles at the poor clucking, crashed creatures and their smoking spaceship... … [Read more...]

“I Do” – Support Australian Marriage Equality

Two-hundred and fifty volunteers came together on a Sunday afternoon in Sydney Town Hall for Australian Marriage Equality. The aim was to create a "mega-mob" video to show the statistics in support of marriage equality - for all. … [Read more...]

Ben Goldacre On Bad Science At TED

I'm mostly posting this because Dr Ben Goldacre is from my home town. That and anyone who manages to finish a Q&A at a skeptics' convention with the words "I'd rather slam my cock in a door" deserves to win all the lobster he can carry. … [Read more...]


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