Token Skeptic Podcast – Skepticism, Education And Using Misunderstandings To Gain A Greater Understanding

I have two podcast episodes out recently, both of which tackle the ever-relevant topic of education - one of them I live-blogged at the time (as it was a lecture, after all!). Episode One Hundred And Five - On Teaching Skepticism With Science - With Alison Campbell At The NZ Skeptics Conference:I've included the notes and relevant links to the papers she mentions here. If you're following along with the audio, please note that I was typing furiously and there might be some differences … [Read more...]

A Skeptical Required Reading List – In Graphic Form

Here's my skeptical reading list! It's even available on a Token Skeptic shirt!This is with many thanks to Catherine, of Faster Pussycat Productions.The last time I caught up with Warren of Embiggen Books in Melbourne for a podcast, we ended up doing a tremendous discussion on Great Books In Skepticism – Podblack’s Book Club With Embiggen Books, with the following recommendations:Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs and Bad I … [Read more...]

Have Slinky-Drop – Will Do Token Skeptic Podcast Interview About It!

Now you've seen it? Go download the latest Token Skeptic podcast interview with Derek Muller, all about the methodology behind Veritasium science videos. … [Read more...]

On The Ledge – A Panel Discussion On Atheism At Dragon*Con 2011

Moderated by Derek Colanduo - features JREF's D.J. Grothe, NCSE executive director Eugenie Scott, Margaret Downey of The Freethought Society, and Barbara Drescher. It focuses on the "definition of skepticism as well as the missions and scopes of the organisations promoting skepticism, secularism, and atheism" - which is taken from Barbara's review of the entire convention which features over at Skeptrack at Dragon*Con 2011. … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – On Skeptical Science With The Debunking Handbook And NCSE

You've noticed every skeptical podcast is talking about climate change denialism? Here's something a little different: Episode One Hundred And Two – On Skeptical Science With The Debunking Handbook And NCSE.Stephan Lewandowsky is a Winthrop Professor and an Australian Professorial Fellow at the University of Western Australia. He is the co-author of the The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download at the Skeptical Science website. During our discussion, Merchants of Doubt: How a Ha … [Read more...]

Atheists, Secularists, Skeptics And Feminists! Upcoming Australian Book Events You MUST Catch – Melbourne And Perth

I have to tell you. Some brilliant, unmissable events are coming up next month and it's going to go like this:MELBOURNETuesday, 2 February, ‎6.30pm: Russell Blackford: Freedom of Religion and the Secular State -  BOOK LAUNCH. RSVP essential places limited and seats already half gone! Head to http://embiggenbooks.com/blog/?p=1278Also in Melbourne will be Alom Shaha, at the Wheeler Centre on the 27th February - more details at the Embiggen Books blog and at the Wheeler Centre site. … [Read more...]

New CSICOP Column Out – On Wings Over Woodford #StopAVN

EDIT: A petition asking for Health Minister Tanya Plibersek to speak out about the dangers of misinformation about vaccination being spread by people like Meryl Dorey and the AVN. Thanks!Now out at the CSICOP website - "Protesting by Plane with the Stop The Anti-Vaccination Network": In early December 2011, “Operation Nutcracker” was born.Meryl Dorey, the president of the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), was booked for a talk on December 29, 2011, at the Woodford Folk Festival—an annual … [Read more...]

Where I Babble About How Much I Loved Douglas Adams (The Podcast Science On Top)

I get all overexcited about manta rays on the podcast Science On Top... an episode, since I left my Skype recording program on for the entire duration, that I rescued just for you!Some context first. This happens to be one of my favourite essays by Douglas Adams (and you can also find a copy in his 'last' book, The Salmon of Doubt) - 'Riding The Rays': Every country is like a particular type of person. America is like a belligerent, adolescent boy, Canada is like an intelligent, 35 year old … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic – Transcript Of Interview With Sharon Hill Of Doubtful News Blog

While I’m taking a break to focus on work – here’s a few transcripts from the Token Skeptic podcast. I’ll return to a regular schedule in February, but you can check out the podcast at www.tokenskeptic.org and forthcoming articles out on the JREF Swift blog and the CSICOP Curiouser and Curiouser column.Taken from Token Skeptic Episode Ninety – On Doubtful News – Interview With Sharon Hill: Sharon Hill is a geologist and author of the Doubtful News Blog, which focuses on science and pseudoscienc … [Read more...]

The Dresden Dolls Perth January 2012 At The Astor – Now On Token Skeptic YouTube

In case you didn't know, I make films for my Token Skeptic YouTube site as well as vodcasts for the Token Skeptic podcast.I've made a LOT of films - mostly about the conferences I go to, the Science fairs I work at and my travels around the world. There's occasional ones about pretty things: such as peacocks, a United Nations made entirely of dachshunds and musicians playing the typewriter.Oh, and how you can avoid being hit by a car due to an impossible triangle sculpture.This is just t … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic – Transcript Of Shakespearian Conspiracies And The Film Anonymous

Quick news - The Young Australian Skeptics' Skeptical Blog Anthology features as the Client of the Month on the Faster Pussycat Productions website! You can get your copy of the Skeptical Blog Anthology in print or pdf here.While I'm taking a break to focus on work - here's a few transcripts from the Token Skeptic podcast. I'll return to a regular schedule in February, but you can check out the podcast at www.tokenskeptic.org and forthcoming articles out on the JREF Swift blog and the CSICOP … [Read more...]


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