Dear Token Skeptic Bloggess (About That Massimo Pigliucci Post)


Dear Token Skeptic Bloggess,Chill.Seriously. Just chill. Every time that you see one post that just really piques you, you end up losing your faith in the general skeptical community and end up either having to go for a run that has you stranded half-way across the city with only Spice Girl songs left on your iPod (urgh) - or baking a Black Forest cake at 4am in the morning.[Long story.]You know perfectly well that there's plenty of writers out there who have more time on their … [Read more...]

Philosophy And Critical Thinking Notes For The Semester Part II (With Vegemite Toast)

Following on from the earlier blog-post "Philosophy And Critical Thinking Notes For The Semester (With A Head Cold)".Today it's a few revision exercises - and I'm writing them quickly as it's freezing here and I need more toast and tea.To make sure that you're familiar with what an argument is (and how it's different from, say, a description, a narrative or explanation), head to this site for the following exercise: Reasoning and non-reasoning to brush up your skills.Remember how last time … [Read more...]

The Pocket Guide To Critical Thinking – Suitable For Secondary Teaching

Remember a while back that I mentioned Michael McRae of CSIRO (who has appeared on the Token Skeptic podcast a few times and is the author of Tribal Science: Brains Beliefs and Bad Ideas - a must-get if you want a updated, Australian equivalent of Sagan's A Demon-Haunted World) was the author of this YouTube series?Now there's a guide that has also been released by TechNYou: RECOGNISING DODGY ARGUMENTS: HOW VALUES, BIASES AND DODGY ARGUMENTS MISLEAD USAnother in our series of postcard b … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – David Eagleman On The Science Of De-(And Re-) Humanisation

Relevant to class discussions today. … [Read more...]

Humanity+ @Melbourne 2012 Summit – Happening Soon!

A Future Science and Technology conference - this two day  long conference in Melbourne may interest some scientists and science communicators, as well as skeptics (considering that both the recent NECSS featured a panel on Futurism and the forthcoming TAM is advertising a workshop on "Skepticism about the Future: Techno-optimism vs. Reality").5-6 May 2012 - Melbourne - Humanity+ FUTURE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGYJoin the conversation at Humanity+ Summit on 5-6th of May to explore the poss … [Read more...]

Q Is For Qualia, The Musical! Rejected Philosophy Essay Questions

I'm making a list of exam recipients, checking it twice before sending it out - and on the other side of the paper I have a list of essay questions that didn't make the cut. Not even close.In fact, most of them were just efforts to shake my brain into doing some work on exam writing, rather than reading the lovely blog-post by Anna over on her site: Highlights from the 2012 Global Atheist Convention.I was drawing on the 2A and 3A syllabus-dot points from here, in case you were wondering. He … [Read more...]

Andrew Copson Discussing Crosses In The Workplace – BBC News

From the British Humanists - skip to 2.24 for the start of Andrew's interview. … [Read more...]

Julia Galef With A Rational View Of Tradition

Thanks to Daniel for this find: … [Read more...]

Wednesday Links – Bye-Bye Prop 8, Kicked-Out Komen, Alt Med In Universities Interview And Love Love Love

Firstly, another thought-provoking post by Daniel Loxton on Skeptic Blogs - "Russell's Hedgehogs and Hirst's Shark": This straightforward advice—try not to take people’s word for stuff, especially when we’re promoting a position in public—is a core skeptical concept. It underpins all of skeptical scholarship, for responsible skeptical outreach demands the due diligence exercise of checking everything twice. Someone says they saw something? Maybe they did, and maybe they didn’t. We ought to try to … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Interview With Alain de Botton – On Religion For Atheists

There's been a recent spate of blogposts here on Freethought blogs (some in verse, by The Digital Cuttlefish - The Grandest One Of All and An Atheist Monument? Or, On Herding Cats), which address the claim that Alain de Botton has been proposing an "atheist monument" or "temples for atheists".Today I got a response to my questions to the author - he will be touring Australia in February:There's a growing number of books that bring a greater understanding (or at least awareness) of atheism to … [Read more...]

‘Dare To Think’ – Attending Philosophy In Schools Conference In Melbourne (2011)

Currently in Melbourne, attending a three-day conference: VAPS 2011 Conference 'Dare to Think: Philosophy in Schools'.So far a highlight has been an opportunity to chat to Alan Saunders of ABC Radio National's Philosopher's Zone and discover that my podcasting equipment is better than his. :pThe Friday night lecture by Dr Nurin Weise was excellent - she is the curator of several exhibitions at the Melbourne Museum, such as the Mind/Body exhibition and she had some fascinating insights as to w … [Read more...]