My 2012 Reading And Viewing (And Event-Going) In Review

Currently on a break - back on Thursday. Here's something I blogged before I left.Penn Jillette used to do this all the time when he kept a blog, and I used to find it interesting. I don't know if you'll find my reading and viewing (and conference-attending) habits interesting, but I've kept a quasi-regular log in the back of my diaries throughout the decades and this year is no exception. This is the first time I've typed one out, however.I haven't included books or films or documentaries … [Read more...]

Making A Better Internet – I’m For That

Firstly - new article out for Curiouser and Curiouser - it's a seasonal one! The (Christmas) Season For Reason With Young Critical Thinkers - Interview with Laurie Tarr: You may have heard that research indicates that life-experience purchases trump items when it comes to long-term satisfaction. To me, nothing indicates that more than having the kids imagine a rocket out of the box that the expensive gift came in, rather than enjoying the latest Apple product it once contained. In an effort to le … [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...]

Christmas And Seasonal Gift Suggestions For The Young Critical Thinker

These are by no means exhaustive lists, but recently I popped in a Twitter suggestion that people check out my book Token Skeptic: Interviews, Essays and Observations to get a round-up of some of the more recent figures who are active in skepticism (and what is the Christmas season without pimping your own work, let's face it - I have a podcast to run, after all...), and it got me thinking that I should blog a general round-up before Christmas madness gets underway and seeking books becomes all … [Read more...]

Edinburgh Skeptics Book Group – The Scope Of Skepticism (With Bonus Discussion Questions)!

Wahhh! How to cheer me up, lesson one - hold a book club about my book! People in Edinburgh, check it out! Book Group – The Scope of Skepticism Sunday, 11th November, The Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh.Kylie Sturgess writes for a number of skeptical organizations and publications, teaches philosophy at the high school and college level, and serves on the JREF’s educational advisory panel... She recently compiled various interviews and transcriptions from her podcast, and m … [Read more...]

Robert Siegel Interviews Salman Rushdie Video – Joseph Anton At Centre For Inquiry, Washington

Author Salman Rushdie discusses his memoir, Joseph Anton, in which he discussed his ten years spent in hiding as a result of the fatwa issued against him by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989 for his authorship of the novel, The Satanic Verses. It's a great book - took it with me to Adelaide and it distracted me wonderfully during airplane turbulence ... which is high praise from me, I hate turbulence. The one-hour, nineteen minutes video isn't embeddable, so just click on through: … [Read more...]

Atheist Books 101 With Embiggen Books – Now Out On The Token Skeptic Podcast!

Just had a fun chat with Warren of Embiggen Books in Melbourne - and if you're wanting a damned great recommendation list? This is the episode to enjoy.For this episode of the Token Skeptic, "Episode One Hundred And Thirty Six – Atheist Books 101 With Embiggen Books", Warren Bonett and I investigate how books can help you understand atheism, humanism and secularism, and what are some of the best new reads on the scene.Books we discuss this episode:The Australian Book of Atheism by Warren B … [Read more...]

If You Knew Shuzi Like The Merseyside Skeptics? New Token Skeptic Podcast Out Now!

Firstly - tremendous thanks to the Young Australian Skeptics (particularly Catherine of Faster Pussycat Productions) for the brand-new second edition of the Skeptical Blog Anthology!It's got larger print and an adjusted layout - and still at the same fantastic price in e-book and print versions, with a bonus: follow them on Twitter for the discount code!Every copy sold goes to helping the Young Australian Skeptics; they have a blog, a fantastic (seriously, it's great - hear their Dr Eugenie … [Read more...]

More #GreatSkepticism – Get The New Skeptical Blog Anthology And Podcast On Tweets And BigFeets!

Here's two quick items before I: a) collapse for the weekend and catch up with friends in the real world (I am on a blogging break, after all);b) pull my act together and catch up with all the interviews I have organised to do and haven't sent out confirmations for - sincere apologies if I've dropped the ball in that regard, but I will be in touch!Remember the Skeptical Blog anthology? It featured on the Scientific American blog site and on the JREF Swift - and it's now in its second … [Read more...]

All Good Study Note Ideas (Have Probably Been Done By Some Other Skeptic Already)

Dear B,A little while back I wrote the study guide to The Young Atheist's Handbook and hoped that it would be of use to not only teachers but reading groups. Many popular novels being used in reading groups often have notes and guides in the back and publishing companies often have them on their websites too. You might even have a few from your high school years, used when studying novels. And Dr Novella's books also have revision/study guide notes included with them as well.What about … [Read more...]

Geek The Vote – Get Mark Henderson’s Geek Manifesto To Australian Politicians

Now, I had an email from a podcast listener asking about this, seeing if I had any more information - now I do! The interview I did with Mark Henderson for the Token Skeptic will appear on the Curiouser and Curiouser column over at the CSICOP website very soon:Science & Technology Australia (and many of our friends in the science sector) were reading ‘The Geek Manifesto’ and think it is time every MP reads it too. Why? Because even though politicians aren’t obliged to make every decision a … [Read more...]


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