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...]

The Scope Of Skepticism Book – Interviews With Prominent Skeptics, Now In EBook Format

I did say it was in the works - The Scope Of Skepticism: Interviews, Essays and Observations From The Token Skeptic Podcast ebook is now available at and will be available via Amazon as a Kindle too very soon. With over a hundred interviews conducted for the Token Skeptic podcast, one question remains open: what makes a skeptic a skeptic? Kylie Sturgess interviews an eclectic array of celebrities, personalities, politicians, activists, artists, scientists and "unsung" contributors, all … [Read more...]

Godless Parenting – What Do You Do To Bring Up God-Free Children? Video

Here's the first time I've done a live video interview with slightly-dodgy internet on my part... I hope people enjoy it!Contributors and FTB Bloggers Dan Fincke, PZ Myers, Ophelia Benson and Russell Glasser can all be found on Twitter too. Big thanks to Digital Cuttlefish and Taslima Nasrin for contributing via email; apologies to everyone (especially Al Stefanelli!) who couldn't get in. For a first effort, this was less stressful than I thought it would be!I did find (and sorry for not unp … [Read more...]

Resources For Critical Thinking Via Coursera – Free!

Recently I was very worried to read of one example of negative-muttering on Twitter about another skeptic touting a course on critical thinking at TAM2012, and I wasn't sure who said it, and wasn't really sure which skeptic they were talking about... but I was really surprised. I was surprised because courses like that help out a great many people.After all - wasn't this why the Skeptic 101 resource on exists? Why the JREF Education resources exist? There's certainly lots of … [Read more...]

Fads, Fancies And Follies In Education – A Book Recommendation And A Talk

Firstly - to clear up a few misconceptions about my blog. If you read my blog (as in, Token Skeptic on the FreeThought Blogs network) - it's my blog that registers the hits. And the revenue that you get from reading my blog? I use it to fund my podcast. It pretty much balances out, and that's fine by me - c'est la vie.Feel free to check out other blogs or other networks or independent bloggers or news-sites or whatever if you so wish; there's links that I promote or even links that I don't … [Read more...]

Celebrate The Fourth Of July With The Token Skeptic Book – The Scope Of Skepticism!

It's finally out and ready for purchase (purr-chase? I do have a lot of cats on the cover...)With tremendous thanks to Catherine Donaldson of Faster Pussycat Productions, who provided her magical touch to make this book become reality!The Scope of Skepticism: Interviews, Essays and Observations from the Token Skeptic Podcast."I hope I know enough about history and human nature to agree that there is one born every minute and to know that there is desperation to make sense of things, and … [Read more...]

The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters – Out On May 10th

Last year I interviewed the author of The Geek Manifesto, Mark Henderson, during my time in the UK with QEDCon: Token Skeptic #55 – On The Geek Manifesto – Interview With Mark Henderson.His book is hitting the shops tomorrow, on Thursday May 10! Today, Wednesday, May 9, he's talking about the book at lunchtime at the RSA in London — at 1pm London where it'll also be streamed live online (in about an hour and a half from my posting this).Whether we want to improve education or cut crime, to … [Read more...]

Some Quick Links For Today – And Read How Not To Judge An Argument By Its Conclusion

I have work piling up - so here's a quick update so you can enjoy the read.If there was two things I suggest that you read today and keep bookmarked (and by 'read' I mean read fully, and preferably in order), they would be:People Don’t Read, and Why It Matters to Skepticism - by Ben Radford. As a professional writer, it's amazing to me how often people simply don't read-or, if they read, they don't understand what they read. As any teacher can tell you, simply reading words does not mean y … [Read more...]

Celebrate World Book Day – With The Young Atheist’s Handbook!

Now, I just got back from a rather big meeting about a series of conferences I'm doing at the end of the week, and one thing I know I'll be relying on is a book in the bath every night, in order to chill out. Um, reading it, not soaking the pages and pretending that I'm homeopathically-leeching out the ideas of de Botton.Which is why, despite the dizzying progress of digital technology (kindles, bindles, biggles and what have you - I can't be bothered), we should still acknowledge the power of … [Read more...]

Trailer For Scott Sigler’s Nocturnal

Back in 2010, I interviewed Scott Sigler when he turned up to Perth's SwanCon and it not only features at the Token Skeptic podcast - Episode Fourteen – On Science Fiction And Skepticism (#Swancon Scott Sigler Interview)... but over on the CSICOP website as Science Fiction and Skepticism: Interview With Scott Sigler.Here's the brand-new trailer for his book - Nocturnal - described by i09 as a "Gorgeously Animated and Ultra-Bloody Trailer". You were warned. … [Read more...]