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

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Laureate Professor Peter Doherty And Peter Ellerton — Science, Scepticism and Society

Laureate Professor Peter Doherty in conversation with Peter Ellerton — Science, Scepticism and Society from Embiggen Books on Vimeo. Visit Embiggen Books in Melbourne and check out their site here. … [Read more...]

Robyn, Meet Polly – AKA The Search For Non-Stupid Culture Coaching

One of those moments of serengeti. Serengeti? Serendipity, that's the word. Oh dear god, someone save us all - I really relate to the following confession penned by Robyn on XOJaneUK: IS BEING BUSY MAKING ME STUPIDERER? I’m a full-time-jobber, a freelancer, and an unlikely gym-bunny, and I’m worried that it’s affecting my wosscalled. Intelligence.I don’t have time to read dense prose anymore, so I just read quick snippets of things on the train (generally Reddit). Instead of the oppressive film … [Read more...]

Links Du Jour – “They” And “Us”, Media Guide To Skepticism Seeks Feedback, And Congratulations Mia Klose!

Exhausted. Long day. Links. Here.Of course, everyone's reading Dr David Gorski's An open letter to Penn & Teller about their appearance on The Dr. Oz Show:  In general, you’ve been very good when it comes to quackery and various CAM therapies. (But I repeat myself.) That’s why it puzzles me to no end why you would lend your considerable talents to Dr. Oz, who has had credulous episodes on all manner of rank quackery and even worse. I only just had the chance now to read the article and saw … [Read more...]

King Richard III, Carpark And Clydesdales. Because I Can.

It's the first week of classes for a new course I'm doing, so you must expect a break from skepticism, science, et al until I've got my feet under me again, oh everyone-who-reads-the-blog-and-gets-an-Impostor-notification-whenever-they-try-to-comment-so-that's-why-there's-no-comments.I tell myself that. Often.We all love you anyway, evidence:I'm grading papers too. Must grade papers. Reminder, go home and grade, after today. Therefore, enjoy: … [Read more...]

The First Month Of The 365 Days Of Philosophy (A Book On The Way?)

I can't stop blinking and swaying, I'm so tired.Today, I was at three tertiary educational institutions (one new enrolment, one deferment and 20+ papers returned). Then I visited one cinema (to pick up tickets), three stores (just brought playing cards)... and all of this before midday. I think I have a visit to the museum planned for Sunday but I can't see straight to check the calendar let alone have enough energy to finish this blogpost to figure out where I left my diary.But I should … [Read more...]

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 … [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...]