New Podcast (And Adventures At MONA For The #AFFBR!)

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I'm currently at the Museum of Old And New Art's Australian Fair for Freedom of Belief in Religion, where they provide a platform to present a broad spectrum of beliefs and religious views present in contemporary Australian society. Check out the brief glimpse of my much-loved "There's probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life" shirt in this ABC Hobart news report! They were calling it religious speed-dating! Naturally, the Atheist Foundation of Australia were there and we had a gr … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – On A Better Life – By Chris Johnson

Now out! Warning, it contains a joke about Chris Stedman's socks.Token Skeptic Episode One Hundred And Seventy Seven – On A Better Life – Interview With Chris JohnsonFor this episode, I talk to Chris Johnson, the creator of the book A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God.The myth persists. Even in our modern world, countless people believe that without God, one’s life has no purpose or meaning — that the lives of atheists are devoid of joy an … [Read more...]

Recent Adventures – Interviews, InterviewED – New Zealand Skeptics Conference AND SkeptiCamp!

Just a quick update on this Saturday night before I get down to checking out the #euskep15 hashtag on Twitter (hope you're having fun, Hayley, Dr Chris French and Marsh!) - getting down to more studies and preparation for...The New Zealand Skeptics Conference! Wellington - 6th - 8th, September 2013. Venue at Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington. ...We're all looking forward to the amazing range of speakers that we have lined up this year. The talks are guaranteed to inform and e … [Read more...]

Reading For Today – Marwa Berro: Between a Veil and a Dark Place

Marwa Berro: Between a Veil and a Dark Place: What it is like to be a Muslim woman, and why we know what freedom is (and you may not): I can say these things now.I never could before.We never could, before. So many of us cannot, still.This way of living–having to regulate and hide our personalities, our humanity–the tone of our voices, their volume and timbre, the manner in which we sit or stand or walk or speak, whether and when we can leave our homes, how and when we speak to peo … [Read more...]

2013 NECSS Panel Video – Critical Thinking In Education

One of the comments on the video is "critical thinking should be taught from kindergarten..." - well, yes, it can be: … [Read more...]

Podcasts – ScienceRewired, 365 Days Of Philosophy And Token Skeptic Shows Now Out #scicomm

I've been very busy over my brief holiday break - the important thing is that if you're in Australia and interested in science communication, science education and science outreach, that you check out some of the presenters at the forthcoming ScienceRewired Big Science Communication Summit and consider not only:Giving feedback on what is discussed (think of it like a "wiki" for things that will be raised at the event), but Consider signing up to present yourself!For these interviews, … [Read more...]

Interested In Philosophy Classes? Take A Class With Dan!

Just got a cool email - fellow bloggy-Patheos-fellow Dan Fincke is getting some new non-matriculated online courses together! The idea is to schedule summer classes in mid-May so that he can start them in June or July. "In this post I report back on how my online classes have been going and link to this new survey which you can fill out if you would like me to teach you philosophy or give you philosophical counseling this summer and/or fall. It’s like reading Camels With Hammers, but instead you … [Read more...]

Busy…Busy…Podcasts…Podcasts! Token Skeptic And 365 Days Of Philosophy


I am so out of the loop with a lot of things at the moment, so I'm just going to give up commenting on anything. You're probably sick to death of everyone talking about that stuff anyway. Here's something different!Today involved three interviews in one day and preparation for more interviews throughout the rest of the week. It's all in the works for the forthcoming ScienceRewired Big Science Communication Summit!Here's some of my recent interviews you may have missed:At 365 Days of … [Read more...]

What’s In My Bag (UWA Open Day And Start Of Perth Writers Festival Edition)?

It's been a time where I honestly don't care about anything to do with atheism, skepticism, -isms of any kind and whether there's fraught-ness and fighting - because I've been merrily busy!Step one - empty out bag for cleaning.  It's a mess. There's even an uneaten pear sitting in the middle; I'll have that for breakfast tomorrow morning. Top centre - My pink converse shoes, which happened to match the scarf worn by Margaret Atwood - I think she was bemused. A hair decoration, black … [Read more...]

The First Month Of The 365 Days Of Philosophy (A Book On The Way?)

I can't stop blinking and swaying, I'm so tired.Today, I was at three tertiary educational institutions (one new enrolment, one deferment and 20+ papers returned). Then I visited one cinema (to pick up tickets), three stores (just brought playing cards)... and all of this before midday. I think I have a visit to the museum planned for Sunday but I can't see straight to check the calendar let alone have enough energy to finish this blogpost to figure out where I left my diary.But I should … [Read more...]

Quick Update – Stephen Law On 365 Philosophy And David Gorski And Robert Blaskiewicz On Token Skeptic Podcasts

I'd write to you all, but I can't. I'm still recovering from an injury and I have two weeks of intensive work ahead of me to handle.So, instead - I podcast. As best I can.Firstly - check out the first interview for the 365 Days of Philosophy monthly podcast.It's now on iTunes at 365 Days of Philosophy, where I chat to philosopher Stephen Law: Stephen Law (BA, BPhil, DPhil) is a philosopher and senior lecturer at Heythrop College in the University of London. He also edits the philosophical … [Read more...]