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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
Some very cool news! Point of Inquiry, the official podcast of the Center for Inquiry (CFI), today announced that cognitive neuroscientist and former Miracle Detectives host Indre Viskontas will join the show as cohost with science writer Chris Mooney. Beginning in February, Mooney will host three times a month; Viskontas will anchor the last Monday of every month. The show will continue to be released every Monday on the Point of Inquiry website and on iTunes. Indre Viskontas, a writer, … [Read more...]
My latest podcast episode is now out: Episode One Hundred And Six – On Friends Of Science In Medicine – Interview With Dr Rob Morrison. I noticed a poll as to whether alternative medicine should be taught in universities, over at the Sydney Morning Herald article......I think the results are in by now though.To celebrate, you can also check out the new video series by Sciency Sadie: The Never Ending Cosmos 01 - Neil deGrasse Tyson. … [Read more...]