Banned Books, Towel Day, Rap Guides To Evolution And More Reading Worries In The UK

Since I've been busy doing-everything-else-involved-in-my-life, and having a lot of great times (hence not being online much), I've been catching up on some addition to seeing the Baba Brinkman show The Rap Guide To Evolution, which is heading across the country (and you should definitely see it - the highlight for me was the school group who attended, who were really loudly enjoying the show in the back rows):Two of the books I read over the weekend were "banned books", … [Read more...]

Curiouser And Curiouser – Four Years And Forty-Four Articles Now Out

It's just occurred to me that once again, I've missed the anniversary (four years!) of writing for the CSICOP website, on a little column called Curiouser and Curiouser.The most recently published one is just before the Perth shows happening this weekend by some contributors to the TV show, The Checkout, Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen - The Checkout is a satirical consumer affairs series on Australia’s ABC TV, presented by Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel from the satirical comedy gr … [Read more...]

World Book Day (Let’s Read Trash)!

Kirk: Nobody pays any attention to you unless you swear every other word. You'll find it in all the literature of the period.Spock: For example?Kirk: Oh, the complete works of Jacqueline Susann, the novels of Harold Robbins....Spock: Ah... The giants.Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home I couldn't let this day pass without comment.I'll read pretty much anything. ANYTHING. Anything that might spark some inspiration, make me laugh, let me get through hours of waiting in transit... I'll give it … [Read more...]

Swimming Your Way – New Children’s Paleofiction – Plesiosaur Peril!

I got a great email this morning, which brightened up the day. My niece is the owner of the first two in the series and I'll be getting her a copy of the third: I'm excited to announce that my brand new children's paleofiction storybook Plesiosaur Peril is hitting stores now (official release, March 1, … [Read more...]

Happy New Year And Reflections On 2013

A lot of things achieved last year! Which led me to write this about five days ago and then schedule it so I could sleep in this morning. Although I'll probably have stayed up late anyway watching Serenity regardless.Firstly, a few highlights:ScienceRewired's BigSci13 - Big Science Communication Summit. Huge thanks to Ande Gregson and Kendall Benton and everyone involved in the 2013 event, which has inspired me to reach beyond the usual skeptic-circles and look into outreach and … [Read more...]

The Completely Selfish Guide To Pro-Rationalist Books From 2013

My Top Ten List:#1 - Abominable Science: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie and Other Famous Cryptids by Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero#2 - The Best Australian Science Writing 2013  Edited by Jane McCredie and Natasha Mitchell#3 - The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh#4 - Do You Believe In Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Paul A Offit#5 - Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering The Demarcation Problem by Massimo Pigliucci and Maart … [Read more...]

Interview With Dr Brooke Magnanti #SSAWeek

Welcome to Hour Twenty-Two of the Token Skeptic Sunday Sessions!DONATE HERE!There’s 24 posts for every hour of today, looking at issues involving secularism, skepticism, atheism, feminism, science, philosophy and more - in order to support and urge you to donate to SSAWeek2013 at following is partially taken from the Token Skeptic podcast #127, where I interviewed Dr Magnanti, on her book The Sex Myth.What is a sex myth and how do we spot one? Where do our … [Read more...]

Books I’ve Read – April To Early May #SSAWeek

Welcome to Hour Sixteen of the Token Skeptic Sunday Sessions!DONATE HERE!There’s 24 posts for every hour of today, looking at issues involving secularism, skepticism, atheism, feminism, science, philosophy and more - in order to support and urge you to donate to SSAWeek2013 at, as I type this... I have no idea if you're reading this. The blogposts are all out of time-order due to the different time-zone settings of the site... and unfortunately I can't change … [Read more...]

Lizzie Bennet Diaries On Kickstarter (And What Appears To Be Final Q&A)

If you're not a regular watcher of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, you have a lot of episodes to catch up on (and I envy you for being able to watch it all from the beginning, when there's only two left to go!). But I did want to mention this Kickstarter, in case you want to get the series on DVD:They've already reached close to $200,000, after their $60,000 goal... so you can pretty much assume that there's a lot of Jane Austen fans out there like me who are keen to see this happening! Do … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Stephen Colbert Vs James Franco On Tolkien

I doubt this will stay up for long - so, until then, enjoy. … [Read more...]

Adventures At The Perth Writers Festival – Sunday #PWF #PerthFest

I'm away for much of next week, so here's the last blogpost for a while - there should be podcast episodes very soon, however, for both Token Skeptic and 365 Days of Philosophy.Until then - enjoy some of the photos from the Perth Writers festival, taken this morning.[View the story "Adventures At The Perth Writers Festival - Sunday #PWF #PerthFest" on Storify] … [Read more...]