Reason Stick’s Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

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? Is th … [Read more...]

Young Australian Skeptics Blog – Relaunching 1st January!

The Young Australian Skeptics blog is relaunching with a diverse team of young writers, aiming to inject fresh perspectives and opinions into the online skeptical and science communication communities. The blog - - will be relaunched on the 1st of January, 2013, at 12pm, Melbourne time, with a beautiful new design and a bunch of thought-provoking articles....The new writing team is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students with diverse backgrounds in astronomy, g … [Read more...]

Ending 2012? Two Skeptical Things You Can Do Today… Podcast And Vodcast!

Firstly - the final episode for the Token Skeptic in 2012: Token Skeptic Special Episode – On The End Of 2012 With Doubtful News. This includes a round-up of the year with Sharon Hill of Doubtful News and a summary of suggested movies, documentaries and books that I read this year.  ...Head to to keep in touch with everything worth taking a skeptical look at – and put it on your New Year Resolutions to subscribe (and donate!) in 2013. Secondly, Episode #20 - the last episo … [Read more...]

Investigative Methods For Skeptics – TAM 2012 Panel

Featuring JREF fellow Dr. Karen Stollznow, author Ben Radford, Bryan Bonner and Matthew Baxter of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society, Carrie Poppy and Ross Blocher of the "Oh No! Ross and Carrie" podcast, and Blake Smith of "MonsterTalk". … [Read more...]

Links Du Jour – Psychic Test Fail, PM Awards And Photographing Zombies (Grrr, Arghh… Get Off My Lawn, Kids)

I'm a little down - the weather is heading towards miserable outside, the cat is grumbling about being kept in and people are just awful on the internet. 'Ain't it the way?Never mind, it's Halloween for you Americans......and "Get The Hell Off My Damned Lawn Kids, This Isn't The USA And Screaming 'I Think They're Not Home!!' Down My Street While Dressed In Your Mother's Best Frock Stained With Tomato Sauce And Wearing A Traffic Cone Painted Black On Your Head Still Won't Make Me Open The … [Read more...]

Links Du Jour – Tasmanian Devils And Jenny McCarthy Mommy Blogger (No, Not Versus Each Other…)

Firstly, sorry to people attending the Meetup tonight at UWA - I'm exhausted after running around the city today and have to take a break (and I have a late night intensive interview, so I better err on the side of my health). If you are attending the UWA Science and the Supernatural Cafe, I hope you have a great time.A few things that additionally caught my eye today:Washington Post - Jenny McCarthy to blog about parenting for Chicago Sun-Times Some in the autism community are concerned … [Read more...]

QED 2011 – Ghost Investigations Today With Dr Chris French, Hayley Stevens And Trystan Swale

I am so glad this is online! One of the really enjoyable sessions from 2011's QEDCon. … [Read more...]

The Skeptic’s Guide To Attending A Paranormal / Pseudoscientific Lecture

Update - check out Going off-track: A visit to the paranormal side of Dragon Con by Sharon Hill.It's late,  I'm awake and I haven't been blogging recently (unless you count YouTube video links, which I don't - unless I'm actually involved in the creation of them) - so, here's a little something that's been on my mind.In fact, there's a few things that have been on my mind about attending paranormal and / or pseudoscientific lectures, conferences, what-have-you. Essentially, this is my brief … [Read more...]

Dr. Karen Stollznow – “Talking to Tomorrow” – TAM 2012 Video

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