Token Skeptic Podcast – Skeptical Activism With Brushwood, Grothe, Goddard And More

Episode Ninety-Seven – Skeptical Activism 201: The Skeptics Strike Back over at the Token Skeptic podcast: From challenging anti-vax groups and homeopathy, to consumer awareness raising. What can skeptics do and how to get it right, by doing some research. Moderated by Desiree Schell, panelists DJ Grothe of the JREF, Debbie Goddard, Maria Walters, Brian Brushwood and Kylie Sturgess. By the way - Massimo Pigliucci has just produced a blog-entry called "The goals of atheist activism" that … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – Santa, Tim Minchin, Skeptical Women Online (Oh My!)

Just a quick heads-up about what you can download over the next few days from the Token Skeptic Podcast: Firstly, you should already have sitting in your RSS feed the contributions of not only a scientist who is working for the Royal Institution of Australia, but a talk I did on astrology for the University of Melbourne's Secular Society earlier in the year - which was released to herald the Young Australian Skeptics’ Blog Anthology. You can get your own copy here! Episode Ninety-Three – … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Transcript – Burzynski And Skeptical Bloggers At CSICOP’s Curiouser And Curiouser

Now out on the Curiouser and Curiouser column on the CSICOP website - a transcript of the Token Skeptic podcast episode that featured UK's Andy Lewis of Quackometer: On Stanislaw Burzynski, the Streisand Effect, and Standing Up for Skeptical Bloggers Kylie Sturgess:  Who is Stanislaw Burzynski? Andy Lewis:  Well, that’s a very good question. As far as I can understand, he’s a doctor based in Texas who a number of years ago came up with an idea that certain sorts of chemicals were … [Read more...]

Round-Up – On Charities To Support And (UK) Skeptic Things To Vote For

In the aftermath of a blog-post on weird dreams and "What could they mean?!" by Digital Cuttlefish, I had a dream which concluded with my sealing an envelope to send to someone. The message contained was: Dear *****, Thank you very much for your discordance, but I'd like to point out that some of us have to WORK and MAKE A LIVING and possibly GET ON WITH THEIR LIVES during the time that it takes for you to potentially ruin the little seasonal spirit we have left. Please find enclosed one … [Read more...]

Make Your Nominations For The UK Skeptic Awards 2011 (With A Blatant Request)

Make your nominations for The Skeptic Awards 2011! The Skeptic Magazine is delighted, for the first time, to be giving awards celebrating skeptical activity in several categories during 2011. As well as an 'Editors' Choice' award for lifetime achievement, we have five other categories - and for those we're going to need your help. Please join in, by voting for: The best podcast The best blog The best event, campaign or outreach event of the year. This could be an organisation or website … [Read more...]

The Something Fierce Scholarship Fund

Dear everyone: I think it's time to try something a little crazy. If you can't afford to buy Something Fierce right now, I've set up a sort of "scholarship" fund. Some donors have put in funds to get copies to folks who don't have a budget for music right now. I like experimenting. Help make this work! Apply for an album if you want one! Or you can fund an album for a stranger if you like. This is from Marian Call, whose interview recently featured on We Are SkeptiXX, and whose site you can … [Read more...]

It’s Nice To Be Appreciated – New Podcasting Equipment!

First - some news. Perth SkeptiCamp is now officially in the works, and it is being run by the UWA Atheists and Skeptics Society (which I'm a supporter of, since I'm not a university student there anymore; I hope to help with some small way with the event regardless). Speaking of donations - I got a donation via Paypal. A rather significant amount, or at least it was significantly larger than anyone has donated to the podcast ever before. I'm very, very grateful for it and for the other … [Read more...]

Attenborough Does A Shatner With ‘A Wonderful World’

Now that I have your attention... HA! And you thought that it'd all be lovely British accents, didn't you? Well, there's quite a lot of UK accents in the following - you should go check out these links too: The UK PodDelusion podcast features a little interview I conducted with author and science communicator Michael McRae. His book, Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs and Bad Ideas is published by both Uni Queensland Press and (very soon) Prometheus Books in the USA. How do you define science? … [Read more...]

Skeptics, Conspiracy Theories And ‘Spacecraft’ Spotted Near Mercury!

New Token Skeptic podcast out! Many, many thanks to Derek Colanduno of Skepticality.com and Mark Ditzler at Abrupt Media for providing the audio, which was recorded at Dragon*Con. Episode Ninety-Two – On The Truth About Conspiracy Theories – Dragon*Con 2011 Panel “The stories spawned by conspiracy theorists are as numerous and varied as they are improbably. This panel will explore many of these stories and the people telling them.” Robert Blaskiewicz is a Marion L. Brittain … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – Andy Lewis Of Quackometer On Stanislaw Burszynski, Streisand Effects And Standing Up For Skeptical Bloggers

Head to the Token Skeptic podcast for Episode #91. The UK Observer on Sunday 20th November 2011, published a moving article about a four-year old girl, Billie Banbridge, and an effort to raise money to seek treatment for her inoperable brain tumor. Despite the noble goal and heartwarming effort, featuring the contributions of a number of celebrities like the band Radiohead and Cheryl Cole, the treatment being sought was at Stanislaw Burszynski clinic in Texas. A number of bloggers, who have … [Read more...]