Links Du Jour For #TAM2012 (New Podcast Episode Out Today And E-Book Of Token Skeptic Book!)

Just a few links that have caught my eye this morning - and bon voyage to friends like Sharon Hill and Eugenie Scott et al, who are heading on their way to TAM!As always Sharon's updates on Doubtful News are well worth subscribing too and so is CFI's/Paul Fidalgo's The Morning Heresy. They update more diligently than I do and are entertaining while they're at it!To help weary travellers out - later today on Lulu.com (and Amazon, once I play around with the features for submitting a Kindle … [Read more...]

Storify Of #ProfsAndPints – Science: Working For The Man?

Renee of SciTech is, as always, grace under pressure......darn microphones can be awkward to put on correctly!It was another wonderful and stimulating night at the Flying Scotsman, talking about "The moral cost of progress" with Dr Nik Zeps – Australian Health Ethics Committee; Michelle Clement – Director of Department of Commerce Industry, Science and Innovation and Aden Date – The Australian Youth Climate Coalition.Here's a selection of some of the Tweets from a fantastic night - the en … [Read more...]

Bad Science Watch Launch Video

Toronto, ON – Monday, July 9th, 2012 – Bad Science Watch, a new Canadian science advocacy group, has issued a challenge to the Canadian government: stick to the science in the development and implementation of important policy decisions. This group will work diligently to ensure Canadians are protected from exploitation by unscrupulous organizations peddling useless and potentially harmful products and services. Bad Science Watch strives to serve as a key Canadian lobbying organisation, ded … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic On Secular Women Inc – Transcript Of Interview With Bridget Gaudette

Token Skeptic Episode #125 is now out: On Secular Women – Interview With Bridget Gaudette!Unfortunately, there's some static in the interview I conducted, and as best as I tried, it was difficult to eliminate. However, I have transcribed the show and so if you find it too difficult to listen to, here's what Bridget and I talked about.What did we talk about? The beginnings of Secular Women Inc!Kylie Sturgess:  Firstly, Bridget, tell me about yourself. You were raised as a Jehovah's Witness? … [Read more...]

Eugenie Scott – Reason And Creationism – Global Atheist Convention 2012

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Now Out At CSICOP’s Curiouser And Curiouser – Creationism, Nessie And Christian Education!

If you're not a regular reader of my blog (or only have a passing awareness of my podcast, Token Skeptic - yes, same name!), then you can do yourself a favour and get my favourite (and the best!) interviews in print form over at the CSICOP website in a column called Curiouser and Curiouser!This month's is with Jonny Scaramanga, where we set everyone straight about Creationism, Accelerated Christian Education, and the Loch Ness Monster.Jonny Scaramanga is an UK independent musician, singer, s … [Read more...]

The Launch Of Secular Women – US First National Organisation For Non-Believing Women

The launch of Secular Women - the first organization in the U.S. focusing exclusively on the interests of non-religious women. Edit - YouTube video just released!  The Blaze.com:  According to a press release, Secular Women, Inc., is debuting as the United States’ first national membership organization devoted solely to pushing the agenda of non-believing women. Because many atheist groups have a tough time attracting and keeping the attention of women, Secular Women, Inc. will work … [Read more...]

We Oppose Critical Thinking – The Republican Party of Texas GOP (You Don’t Say…)

Today, I finished the discussions we were having about cultural relativism, before tomorrow's introduction to teleological ethics. Bentham, Mill and so forth. One of the examples that was raised in class was that of corporal punishment for children. We were terribly pleased that it's no longer a common practice and that time and a greater understanding of what constitutes effective discipline has wised us up.Critical thinking skills. Philosophy. Respect for young people. Kiss them goodbye … [Read more...]

Profs, Pints, Christian Education And UK Government, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe And Other News

I did intend this to be a more substantial post originally... but I tore shreds out of my keyboard late last night and I'm now transcribing the notes made in the margin of my sudoku page of the free newspaper I picked up before my train ride home. I think I deserve a little break to just pop a few interesting links your way so I can then get down to sorting out which of my whiteboard markers are working and set them aside for the first day of teaching Philosophy classes tomorrow.Remember the … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – What Skeptical Topic Gets Your Goat? #ScienceGirlThing

Good morning! Hope your morning is doing well for you - I've got friends coming over in about two hours time and about five half-finished blog-posts on a variety of topics... and I've just decided to cram them all together for your readability-joy and pop in a general survey question at the top because I've not done this for ages. Welcome To Meta-blogging, When Offline Life Is Too Busy To Pretend It's All Smooth-Sailing Tea, Scones And Save Draft At Appropriate Intervals.Firstly - oh dear holy … [Read more...]

Holy Not-God, I’m On The Front Of The Local Newspaper Website Too…

I thought I'd just be on page 11 of The West.Actually, I didn't think I'd be on page 11 of The West, I thought they'd leave my photo out and I'd be a small quote elsewhere around page 18 or further on, at best.But I'm on the website too! Look! "More Have No Faith": A quarter of West Australians declared themselves as having no religious faith in the 2011 census as Australia's dominant Christian churches continued to lose proportional support to non- believers and other religions. For the … [Read more...]


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