2013 Perth Festival Highlights (Tickets On Sale Now)

And, yes - that was Margaret Atwood in the Perth Writers Festival line-up and I'll be seeing her.Check out the whole event here at www.perthfestival.com.au … [Read more...]

My Book Features In UK Skeptic! (And Great Articles, Such As Women And Stereotype Threat)

It's about 10am, the heat is enjoyably toasty already and I have an aching left arm, but I simply must write to tell you:New UK Skeptic magazine! It amuses me that it's called "Winter, 2012". Here it's anything but Winter...and check out the Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense poster!Here's my book being reviewed and it says nice things like: :"The one thing that I can most readily conclude from the entire body of Sturgess' interviews with grassroots skeptics and big names is her … [Read more...]

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...]