The Daily Show: John Oliver Investigates Gun Control in Australia – Part 2

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DONE! Lords Pass Defamation Bill! Simon Singh, Et Al, Rejoice #UK #LibelReform

Isn't it ALWAYS the way, that big things happen when you're stuck on public transport?He also writes: "Big thanks to ProfBrianCox & DaveGorman who were at Penderel's Oak 4 years ago, kickstarting #LibelReform science campaign"...which was FOUR years ago.Full story over on The Guardian: Laws that led to London being dubbed "the libel capital of the world" will be reformed after peers in the Lords voted to pass the defamation bill, ending a three-year campaign led by Liberal Democrat … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – The Daily Show And Gun Control In Australia

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Ireland Revising Abortion Laws

A little while back I conducted an interview with the Skeprechaun Podcast, called Episode One Hundred And Forty Six – On Savita Halappanavar, where I asked some questions about their Skeprechaun episode #33 called “For Savita”. Both episodes contains potentially distressing content, as we both talk about the death of Savita Halappanavar.News today from the Sydney Morning Herald:DUBLIN: Ireland will legalise abortions when the mother's life is at risk, including when suicidal, following the … [Read more...]

Want To Know Why The Atheist Census Is Back Up? Or About A New Young Atheist Survival Guide?

It’s a two-for-one Token Skeptic! Token Skeptic Podcast, episode #149 - On The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide And The Atheist Census!Firstly, an interview with Hemant Mehtah, where we talk about his new book, The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide: Helping Secular Students Thrive.Hemant Mehta, ”The Friendly Atheist” blogger at, discusses how to deal with teachers and administrators who promote faith in public schools, handle the peer pressure and ostracism that may come with being an … [Read more...]

Hear Me On The Atheist Nomad Podcast (While Pondering Buying A Tauntaun Sleeping Bag)!

Currently packing and covered in Lindt chocolate (which is just the way I like me) - because I'm taking a break and will be blogging later in the week - in the meantime... the Atheist Nomad podcast!Atheist Nomads Episode 16 – Teaching Critical Thinking with the Token Skeptic’s Kylie Sturgess Hear - me struggle to articulate the concept of pastoral care by talking around the topic for about five minutes and completely neglect to actually say the words "pastoral care"! Cringe - at the sound of jo … [Read more...]

Australian Vaccination Network Name… Is No More – NSW Office Of Fair Trading

Breaking news. Sydney Morning Herald: Minister orders anti-vaccination group to change its name. The NSW Office of Fair Trading doorstopped the home of Australian Vaccination Network president Meryl Dorey yesterday with a letter of action, labelling the network's name misleading and a detriment to the community. Further information on the site - with an incredibly strong message about how these anti-vaccination proponents are being labelled by the government:  NSW Fair Trading Min … [Read more...]

Melissa Marshall On Science Communication (And On Pseudoscience At TED And At The Conversation)

Since today was a TEDxPerth day (went wonderfully!) and since there's a very encouraging letter about challenging pseudoscience at TED conferences, I thought I'd post a very good talk on science communication that was featured at another TED: ...The consequence of bad science and health hoaxes are not trivial. As an example, Andrew Wakefield’s attempt to link autism and vaccines was exposed as a hoax last year. But while his work was being investigated, millions of children went without v … [Read more...]

Twitter And The Afternoon Sessions At TEDxPerth

And here's the slideshow on Storify for the afternoon session! Many thanks again to TEDxPerth, especially Joel and all the backstage crew who were kind enough to let me interview presenters! [View the story "TEDxPerth - Afternoon Sessions" on Storify] … [Read more...]

Twitter And The Morning Sessions At TEDxPerth

Some highlights and notes that I took during the morning.From Dr Steven Tingay's talk: Charmaine Green - The Emu in the Sky - an example of pareidolia in the Milky Way, that relates to seasons. "Early in the year you'll just see his head and the head is where the Southern Cross and the little star is the eye of the emu. As the months go by the emu gets bigger and bigger. When you see the whole emu and it's lying, they tell us that's when the emu is laying eggs and sitting on the nest." - Olive … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Special Episode – Interviews For TEDxPerth

This was a fun adventure that I had during the technical rehearsal for the forthcoming (and sold out!) TEDxPerth.Brand new recording device, by the way! Thanks to everyone who donates to the podcast, it's made a big difference to going out into the field!Interviews with a number of presenters and MCs now out at the Token Skeptic podcast.[View the story "TEDxPerth Technical RunThrough" on Storify] … [Read more...]