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...]

Meryl Dorey Resigns From The Australian (Anti)Vaccination Network

Because it's news and because Doubtful News is on the scene with the info and you should check them out:The AVN’s announcement: Meryl gives her Crayons to Greg – Dave The Happy Singer. Meryl Dorey has resigned as president of the AVN.Her replacement is the splendidly eccentric Greg Beattie.Here is the AVN’s announcement of the news:Greg Beattie, long-time vaccine researcher and author of two books, the latest of which guides readers through an in-depth analysis of the benefits of vaccin … [Read more...]

Young Australian Skeptics Blog – Relaunching 1st January!

The Young Australian Skeptics blog is relaunching with a diverse team of young writers, aiming to inject fresh perspectives and opinions into the online skeptical and science communication communities. The blog - youngausskeptics.com - will be relaunched on the 1st of January, 2013, at 12pm, Melbourne time, with a beautiful new design and a bunch of thought-provoking articles....The new writing team is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students with diverse backgrounds in astronomy, g … [Read more...]

Ending 2012? Two Skeptical Things You Can Do Today… Podcast And Vodcast!

Firstly - the final episode for the Token Skeptic in 2012: Token Skeptic Special Episode – On The End Of 2012 With Doubtful News. This includes a round-up of the year with Sharon Hill of Doubtful News and a summary of suggested movies, documentaries and books that I read this year.  ...Head to http://doubtfulnews.com to keep in touch with everything worth taking a skeptical look at – and put it on your New Year Resolutions to subscribe (and donate!) in 2013. Secondly, Episode #20 - the last episo … [Read more...]


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