Atheism In The Public Sphere And The Reason Rally – Richard Dawkins On Up With Chris Hayes

Does a politician's private religious beliefs effect public policy? If a citizen has the right to question their lawmaker's political opinions, should they also be able to question their outlook on religion? The Up Panelists (which include Professor Stephen Pinker, Jamila Bey, Susan Jacoby and Jamie Kilsteen) are featured on the second video talking about the Reason Rally and how atheism and politics intersect. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economyFirst … [Read more...]

New Curiouser And Curiouser About “An Honest Liar” – And New Classroom Modules For Teaching Skeptically!

This will be one of several sporadic updates - because despite claims that the FTB site will be minus updates because of a convention, I don't think that thirty-two bloggers in total will have nothing to say over this weekend. Not when there's at least two items of cool news I have for you![...Except in the highly unlikely situation that someone trips over the server and the site disappears into the ether, or kids insert peanut butter sandwiches into the disk drives of the non-Reason Rally … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – On Critical Thinking, Alt Med And Science Communication (And Other Links)

Token Skeptic podcast, episode #113 (I can hardly believe it myself...) is out!A bonus for this episode is featured - the start of the show is by Doubtful News, a ten-minute broadcast of some of the hit weird and wonderful stories that are in the media this month. Many thanks to Sharon Hill and check out the official site at http://doubtfulnews.com. Best of all, you’ll be able to see Sharon and many others in person at the forthcoming Amazing Meeting 2012 from July 12-15th.The show also featu … [Read more...]

This American Life Retracts Story About Apple Critic

When it comes to podcasting, one of the most downloaded shows I know is This American Life. I even saw Ira Glass during his tour of Australia and enjoy several other shows like it, such as Snap Judgement, and it has influenced the work I do on Token Skeptic. So naturally, when I see several links to a story about the show from friends pop up, I go to check it out.The news my friends had for me? "This American Life Retracts Story  - Says It Can't Vouch for the Truth of Mike Daisey's Monologue a … [Read more...]

New – Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills By Dr Steve Novella

Occasionally people ask about useful guides to skepticism, a learn-it-at-your-own-pace course? This may be of interest to you!Dr Novella mentioned this latest guide on his blog recently, but I don't know how many people are aware of the previously published course. I brought that one as soon as it came out, and I've now purchased the new one as well. If you're looking for DVDs / audio on critical thinking, this is a useful resource.Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Transcript – Interviews With Gia Milinovich And Sonya Pemberton

I neglected to mention this a few days ago! Since that time I've run up a partial transcript of both - so if you haven't checked out these two interviews, they're now available on the Token Skeptic podcast:Episode One Hundred And Eleven - On How Now You See Her - Gia Milinovich And Sonya Pemberton.What I found particularly interesting were the slightly different perspectives they had about television when it came to communicating about science and technology; how there's a number of 'unseen' … [Read more...]

Congratulations PodDelusion! #QEDCon

Congratulations to everyone involved with the PodDelusion, winner of the best podcast in the Ockham Awards - photo taken at QEDCon by "Sillypunk", aka Liz Lutgendorff. … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day On The Token Skeptic – Celebrate Skeptical Women

How can we, as a culture and as members of the global community, involve, educate, and inspire girls in a positive way? Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities and women's groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues. My … [Read more...]

Cats, Cars And Taking A Little Break (New Podcast Episode Pending!)

Firstly, before anything else - check out Science On Top later today, to listen to Ed Brown and Dr Krystal of 3RRR's Einstein A-Go-Go and Sarah Keenihan of Bridge 8 talk about the recent National Science Communicators conference (#ASC2012) that we attended in Sydney! I don't know what the show will be called, but Ed has a habit of grabbing a funny phrase or off-handed comment during the show and making it the title. I hope it's not a comment about @tribalscientist / Michael McRae's new h … [Read more...]

The Young Atheist’s Handbook – Interview, Reader’s Guide And Teaching Notes Now Out

Tremendous thanks again to Alom Shaha for agreeing to an interview for the Token Skeptic podcast prior to his successful Australian tour.He's got a number of interviews out that I've mentioned, such as 3RR and John Safran, but I'm so very pleased to announce that Embiggen Books features a transcript of my one! Alom Shaha: I feel like I’m on the verge of having a massive change in my life. I’m an unknown writer. I’m a new writer, and I’ve had some very good friends, people whose opinion matters … [Read more...]

An Amazing Skeptical Night In Melbourne – Thanks To The “Skeps And Specs” / Skeptical Blog Anthology

I can't write much, as I'm attempting to finish this San Churro chocolate drink without falling asleep in it. I'm not kidding, I have a big chocolate smudge on my nose. You'll have to settle for pictures of the event itself as I'm a total, if happy, mess.We just had the most tremendous fun at Embiggen Books for the "Skeps and Specs" gameshow and booklaunch for the Skeptical Blog Anthology. Which is why I've got a suitcase full of glitter, a packet of candy bananas and a lovely present from … [Read more...]


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