Links Du Jour – Jamy Ian Swiss Video At FreeThought Alliance, Farewell Eugenie Scott And Amanda Berry Psychic Fail #NoJabNoPlay

The Telegraph No Jab No Play

Jamy Ian Swiss at the Orange County Freethought Alliance conference May 4, 2013. Here you go: Related - PZ Myers quits skeptic movement, should we care? - by Massimo Pigliucci: But there is something to be learned here, which is why I will use this specific incident to make a broader point about what I think is really problematic in the skeptic movement. ...I think the primary problem with the skeptic movement — of which I am and remain a proud member — is that too many people, … [Read more...]

The Curse Of The D20 – Interview With A Superstitious Dungeon Master #SSAWeek

Welcome to Hour Twenty 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. This is blogpost Twenty. This is an interview with an unnamed gamer, about superstitions and gamers. It was done at the first comic convention I ever attended overseas, called … [Read more...]

Interview With Daniel Loxton On Why There Is A Skeptical Movement #SSAWeek

Daniel-Loxton

Welcome to Hour 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.  On February 6th of this year, the Skeptics Society announced a new project over on the Skepticblogs site, authored by Daniel Loxton: For over twenty years, the Skeptics Society and Skeptic … [Read more...]

Lecture – Elizabeth Loftus: Memory Matters

"People sometimes remember things that never happened." The BHA, Centre for Inquiry UK, Goldsmiths' Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit present Elizabeth Loftus on Memory Matters, exploring how and why this happens. … [Read more...]

Apparently My Home Town (Perth) Is Beset By UFOs…

Today's newspaper (that I usually avoid and usually wouldn't get an alert for, unless it mentions matters of a pseudoscientific or paranormal nature) - well, how about some UFOs about 20km (12 miles) from the city? In Darlington... up in the hills... and about 20km south of the flight-paths that takes you to the cities in the East, from my little bit of research. Apparently there's hundreds of UFOs out in that area. Hundreds. You'd hope that the airlines would be doing a little more … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Conspiracy Road Trip – UFOs

Are we alone in the universe or have we been visited by aliens? If the answer to the last question is yes, have the world's governments been covering up this incredible 'truth'? Comedian Andrew Maxwell is a logical guy and he is going to tackle these big questions on an American road trip from Los Angeles to Area 51. He is taking five UFO believers who claim to have witnessed spacecraft from other galaxies, been attacked by UFOs, had close encounters with ETs and believe an alien attack is … [Read more...]

Links Du Jour And Sunday Morning Survey – Tim Minchin On Broadway, More Henrietta Lacks, Support Baba Brinkman & Conference Feedback (Adria Richards)

There's a number of links flying about, here's a few that have caught my eye this Sunday morning:  No one knows what we may someday learn about Lacks’s great-grandchildren from her genome, but we know this: the view we have today of genomes is like a world map, but Google Street View is coming very soon. One of the best books I read the year it was released - Rebecca Skloot writes in the New York Times, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Sequel". I know I've been doing a lot of … [Read more...]

Reason Stick’s Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

VDOIN

Looks like Crispian Jago has got a new name for his blog, and a little redesign to spruce up his posts - and there's a little diagram making the rounds that is very amusing:  The curiously revered world of irrational nonsense has seeped into almost every aspect of modern society and is both complex and multifarious. Therefore rather than attempt a comprehensive taxonomy, I have opted instead for a gross oversimplification and a rather pretty Venn Diagram. Some of the comments are debating … [Read more...]

Atheists Aren’t Guaranteed Skeptics… And Other Links

How many atheists do you know who aren't skeptics? Some years back I attended a talk at the Perth Atheists, which was presented by a conspiracy theorist who thought that Einstein had "corrupted science". The poor organiser was mortified that he'd let a conspiracy theorist present, but as I said then (and now), the talk was by an atheist, as the Meetup advertised... just not by a skeptic. Since then, I've been a little wary of people who assume atheists = skeptics automatically. Anyway, this is … [Read more...]

Reaching Out Reasonably at QED 2011 – Janis Bennion, Eugenie Scott, David Kirby, Síle Lane and Kylie Sturgess

Things I do... Enjoy. The audio version is here on the Token Skeptic podcast, with many thanks again to the QEDCon folks.   Moderated by Janis Bennion of the Greater Manchester Skeptics and featuring Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education, Sile Lane from Sense About Science, David Kirby, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication Studies from the University of Manchester and Kylie Sturgess. What is skeptical outreach, and how does it differ to scientific outreach? … [Read more...]