Jabbed: Love, Fear And Vaccines – On Australian SBS, 26th May

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The interview I previously conducted with director Sonya Pemberton can be found on the Token Skeptic podcast, but you may also enjoy this teaser from the full transcript over on the Curiouser and Curiouser column for the CSI website: Kylie: Your next production, Jabbed, you've said that you have been seeking out voices to add to the investigation of vaccination claims?Sonya Pemberton: Yeah. Well, it is not an investigation of anti‑vaccination. I should be really clear. I started out last yea … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Conspiracy Road Trip – UFOs

Are we alone in the universe or have we been visited by aliens? If the answer to the last question is yes, have the world's governments been covering up this incredible 'truth'?Comedian Andrew Maxwell is a logical guy and he is going to tackle these big questions on an American road trip from Los Angeles to Area 51. He is taking five UFO believers who claim to have witnessed spacecraft from other galaxies, been attacked by UFOs, had close encounters with ETs and believe an alien attack is … [Read more...]

Conspiracy Road Trip – Creationism

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The Checkout – Skepticism And Consumer Rights On ABC Australia (Video)

For those of you who may have missed it, or can't see it due to being outside of Australia? You're welcome:Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel from The Chaser team reinvent consumer affairs TV in a new show that will inform, entertain and empower ordinary consumers.This is particularly for Digital Cuttlefish, who needs something to enjoy after all the hard work they've been doing - and to Gerry, who I really appreciate for keeping in touch. I owe you both emails!![EDIT - sorry, fixed … [Read more...]

Links Du Jour And Sunday Morning Survey – Tim Minchin On Broadway, More Henrietta Lacks, Support Baba Brinkman & Conference Feedback (Adria Richards)

There's a number of links flying about, here's a few that have caught my eye this Sunday morning:  No one knows what we may someday learn about Lacks’s great-grandchildren from her genome, but we know this: the view we have today of genomes is like a world map, but Google Street View is coming very soon. One of the best books I read the year it was released - Rebecca Skloot writes in the New York Times, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Sequel".I know I've been doing a lot of "s … [Read more...]

Reason Stick’s Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

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Looks like Crispian Jago has got a new name for his blog, and a little redesign to spruce up his posts - and there's a little diagram making the rounds that is very amusing: The curiously revered world of irrational nonsense has seeped into almost every aspect of modern society and is both complex and multifarious. Therefore rather than attempt a comprehensive taxonomy, I have opted instead for a gross oversimplification and a rather pretty Venn Diagram. Some of the comments are debating … [Read more...]

Now Out At CSI – Curiouser And Curiouser Interview With Ben Goldacre!

I wrote this before I left for radio camp and as soon as it posts... there it is! Bad Pharma – Interview with Ben Goldacre. Dr. Ben Goldacre is a best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks. As of 2012, he is a Wellcome research fellow in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.His first book, Bad Science, sold over 400,000 c … [Read more...]

Homeopathy: The Test (BBC Documentary Films)

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Why Anti-Fluoride Activists In Perth Should Find Something Better To Do With Their Time

I was handed a flyer while walking through the Cultural Centre (the whole area is currently chocked-full with circus-style tents; a double-decker bus parked on the esplanade advertising ticket sales; men pushing huge steam-punk styled machinery about) - and discovered that there's a certain sub-section of the Perth population who really should be doing something better with their time.Such as attending events at the Fringe World festival. Just a thought.This particular group were handing out … [Read more...]

Atheists Aren’t Guaranteed Skeptics… And Other Links

How many atheists do you know who aren't skeptics? Some years back I attended a talk at the Perth Atheists, which was presented by a conspiracy theorist who thought that Einstein had "corrupted science". The poor organiser was mortified that he'd let a conspiracy theorist present, but as I said then (and now), the talk was by an atheist, as the Meetup advertised... just not by a skeptic.Since then, I've been a little wary of people who assume atheists = skeptics automatically.Anyway, this is … [Read more...]

Reaching Out Reasonably at QED 2011 – Janis Bennion, Eugenie Scott, David Kirby, Síle Lane and Kylie Sturgess

Things I do... Enjoy. The audio version is here on the Token Skeptic podcast, with many thanks again to the QEDCon folks. Moderated by Janis Bennion of the Greater Manchester Skeptics and featuring Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education, Sile Lane from Sense About Science, David Kirby, Senior Lecturer in Science Communication Studies from the University of Manchester and Kylie Sturgess.What is skeptical outreach, and how does it differ to scientific outreach? Is th … [Read more...]


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