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...]

THIS Saturday – Skepts And Specks Show At Skeptics In The Bookshop, Melbourne!

If you're in Melbourne this Saturday at 5pm - come along! It's a night of game show-style quiz panel AND a fun booklaunch of the Skeptical Blog Anthology Book!The place to be? We'll be starting at 5pm in Embiggen Books on 197-203 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne on Saturday, 3rd March - behind the State Library.Be prepared for an evening of mind-puzzling quizzes, a battle of the brains panel, a live-podcast show and the opportunity to check out the premier rationalist and freethinking bookstore in t … [Read more...]

Alom Shaha On The Radio And Skeps In The City – The Young Australian Skeptics Book Launch!

Welcome to Tuesday morning at the #ASC2012 - I'm thinking of proposing a PhD proposal: "The Misuse Of Twitter And The Insomnia Of DrPaul Willis - Longitudinal Study of an Online Observance Of The Hours Between 12am - 5am". There's bound to be some benefit to society from such research, even if it's "why you should turn your Twitter phone notifications off".Mind, he's still going to pop in here at 9am sharp for the first session, chirpier than a Generation Y kid on a YouTube skateboard tricks … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – On Freethinking Students (And University Skeptic And Atheist Events In Perth)!

A quick reminder:Thursday, 23rd February (today!) - Murdoch University students - sign up with the Murdoch Atheist and Agnostics Student Society. Head down around 9.30am and be a part of Market Day!Friday, 24th February (this Friday!) - University of Western Australia students - sign up with the UWA Atheist and Skeptics Society during UWA's O-Day Festival! Everything starts at 11am.Don't forget that this is the week of the Perth Writers Festival, featuring Alom Shaha, Leslie Cannold, … [Read more...]

Are You A Skeptic / Atheist At A Perth University? Podcast, Open Days And Student Leadership Conference!

THREE THINGS YOU MUST KNOW, students of Perth (and indeed Australia and beyond)!Firstly - out tomorrow! I'm on the verge of releasing Token Skeptic Episode One Hundred and Nine - On FreeThinking Students: In 2010, Rhys Morgan made headlines across the UK for discovering a disturbing and hazardous "cure all" called Miracle Medical Solution, lent his name to a libel reform claim and investigated the claims of the Burzynski clinic. On Rhys’ blog, he wrote: "If you’re involved in the skeptical and/ … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Interview – The Directors Of The New James Randi Documentary “An Honest Liar”

Now out on the Token Skeptic Podcast (with a transcript to follow!): Episode One Hundred And Eight - On James Randi's An Honest Liar - Interview With Justin Weinstein And Tyler Measom.Also, don't forget to check out the earlier transcripts of podcast episodes - available on the Curiouser and Curiouser column on the CSICOP website! An Honest Liar profiles the life of famed magician turned professional skeptic James "The Amazing" Randi as he embarks on a series of public crusades to expose A … [Read more...]

NOW OUT! CSICOP With The World Skeptics Congress In Berlin And Young Atheist’s Handbook On Token Skeptic

Two things I've made for you this sunny Thursday - please do check them out and support them both! Kylie Sturgess interviews Amardeo Sarma on World Skeptics Congress - Curiouser and Curiouser. World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, May 18–20th 2012: Promoting Science in an Age of Uncertainty -  www.csicop.org An interview with Amardeo Sarma, founder and chairman of the German Society for the Scientific Investigation of Para-Sciences (GWUP), chairman of the European Council of Skeptical Organisations … [Read more...]

Performer Vs Audience (And The Performing Brain At The British Library In March)

Me: I'm not getting out of bed today. Or tomorrow. Or tomorrow. Or tomorrow. Or the day after that.Planet Earth: Nonsense. You're writing a blog-post, even if it's nearly 1am - because people get concerned otherwise. AND here's Simon Pegg Holding Some Twine. Things can't be so bad. Plus, perspective - now you have it:By the way, catch the guitarist himself at the British Library on Friday, 16th March at 6.30pm: The performing Brain - A moving story.Milton will be speaking and  playing guita … [Read more...]

Not-So Much A Mobius Valentine Heart Demonstration – Token Skeptic Podcast

Planet Earth: You need to get up and blog today, even though you said you wouldn't be blogging for some time.Me: I don't want to. I want to howl silently into this cushion for at least another month, stare at the pile of books I'm not reading, play Cut the Rope on my phone, scroll through the iPod that has exactly five songs with no bad associations because they're either by Nina Simone or the sodding Spice Girls and wait until my University course restarts and study in the medical library alo … [Read more...]