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 I … [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 Postdoctoral Fellow at … [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...]

Token Skeptic With Sharon Hill Of Doubtful Newsblog

Now out on the Token Skeptic podcast.Sharon Hill is a geologist and author of the Doubtful blog about science and pseudoscience aimed at the public. She explores the intersection of science and public understanding as a student in the Science and the Public Ed.M. graduate program at the State University of New York at Buffalo (a joint initiative with the Center For Inquiry). More recently she has started the Doubtful Newsblog, which is rapidly becoming the must-subscribe site for all skeptics … [Read more...]

The History (And Herstory) Of Great Superhero Skeptics

Because it's still Thanksgiving over there in the USA... just.Token Skeptic Podcast episode Eighty-Nine: Great Superhero Skeptics! The History (And Herstory). Moderated by Desiree Schell – featuring Dr Phil Plait, Benjamin Radford, Tim Farley, Dr Eugenie C Scott, and Kylie Sturgess. Many of us know some names, but who have you missed and who should we know? A roundtable discussion on great authors, thinkers and activists in skepticism, past and present. This special ‘Thanksgiving’ episode is br … [Read more...]

Three Interviews On Feminism, Sexism And Skepticism In One

Episode Eighty-Eight – On Codes Of Conduct Part II – Sexism, Skepticism And Civility Online. It's now out on the Token Skeptic podcast.This is a follow-up to the earlier podcast episode (which featured on the CSICOP website), called ‘Codes of Conduct’. This episode features interviews with:Jennifer Ouellette - Jennifer is the author of three popular science books, specialises in physics and many related topics, with particular emphasis on how science intersects with popular culture, as well a … [Read more...]

What Do You Want Out Of A Skeptical Podcast? Let Me Know!

Still got nothing to do for exactly two minutes on a Sunday? Well, it's the last few days to fill in the survey that features over on the Token Skeptic podcast: I’m after basic demographics, what features you enjoy, what episodes you like (or even loathe) and what suggestions you have for the future of the Token Skeptic Podcast. If you have the time – click here to take this simple survey that will help the show in the future. The questions are able to be skipped if you don't want to answer the … [Read more...]


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