Skepticism And Education Series – Learning Styles Don’t Exist

It's the 2nd January, and I've started the 365 Days of Philosophy website (both for Wordpress and Tumblr, so you can choose what format you like). But in addition, I'm keen to focus a little more on education and myths this year, particularly after presenting in Berlin on pseudoscience within the field. So, to start, you might like to check out this video from 2008 that caught my attention: Over on 365 Days of Philosophy, I'll be addressing another (somewhat related) myth about left/right … [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 - youngausskeptics.com - 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, … [Read more...]

Hear Me On The Atheist Nomad Podcast (While Pondering Buying A Tauntaun Sleeping Bag)!

Currently packing and covered in Lindt chocolate (which is just the way I like me) - because I'm taking a break and will be blogging later in the week - in the meantime... the Atheist Nomad podcast! Atheist Nomads Episode 16 – Teaching Critical Thinking with the Token Skeptic’s Kylie Sturgess Hear - me struggle to articulate the concept of pastoral care by talking around the topic for about five minutes and completely neglect to actually say the words "pastoral care"! Cringe - at the sound … [Read more...]

The 365 Days Of Philosophy – Launching In 2013

The 365 Days of Philosophy is an educational website that will include resources, links, exercises and a monthly podcast – on the topic of philosophy. Every day in 2013 the website www.365daysofphilosophy.com will feature a blogpost that looks at a range of philosophical topics, including: What is philosophy? Arguments and logic Concepts of justice, fairness, liberty, tolerance and democracy Sceptical doubt in philosophical and ethical inquiry Aesthetic concepts Darwin’s theory of … [Read more...]

Christmas And Seasonal Gift Suggestions For The Young Critical Thinker

These are by no means exhaustive lists, but recently I popped in a Twitter suggestion that people check out my book Token Skeptic: Interviews, Essays and Observations to get a round-up of some of the more recent figures who are active in skepticism (and what is the Christmas season without pimping your own work, let's face it - I have a podcast to run, after all...), and it got me thinking that I should blog a general round-up before Christmas madness gets underway and seeking books becomes all … [Read more...]

Transcript Of Token Skeptic Interview With Chris Stedman – Faitheist: On How an Atheist Found Common Ground With the Religious

A new interview with Chris Stedman is now out on the Token Skeptic podcast - this one is Episode #143 - On How an Atheist Found Common Ground With the Religious. It follows on from an earlier interview I did, conducted before I read his new book Faitheist, Episode One Hundred And Fourteen – On Faitheism – Interview With Chris Stedman For those of you who aren't aware - I have a book of transcripts from the podcast interviews I've conducted (several years of work now, since starting on … [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...]

I Had an Abortion… Or Maybe I Didn’t: Leslie Cannold At TEDxCanberra 2012

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An Introduction to Philosophical Ethics – Primary Ethics

Following on from my JREF Swift article and the interview with Dr Sue Knight which mentioned Primary Ethics in passing - a video! This animation was created for Primary Ethics to give people a basic understanding of what philosophical ethics is all about. This four minute video was written and directed by Leonie Johnson, animated by Victoria Moey, voiceover by Finn O'Keefe and soundtrack by Peter Bailey. An Introduction to Philosophical Ethics from Primary Ethics on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

Now Out On Swift Blog – Philosophy For Children, Critical Thinking And Token Skeptic

Unfortunately the list of references at the end of the article are a little jumbled, but I'll post them at the end of this so you can check them out yourself! You can even see a photo of a P4C training session I helped with from a few years back featured. What is Philosophy For Children? P4C – Encouraging A Critical Mindset For All Ages: To think is to inquire, in Dewey’s proposal; and it’s interesting that that Dewey had Science rather than Philosophy teaching in mind when he thought … [Read more...]