New Token Skeptic Podcast! Catherine Deveny On Atheism And What Trolls Can Do With Themselves

I've recently documented several years of activism - because, clearly, there's only one narrowly defined way to do activism properly that should forgo all things such as communicating in ways that you're good at, or comfortable with, or have the funding, or live in a place where it's easy to do, or even just the time or even mobility to do so...or even avoid raising a family, volunteering for other kinds of charities, talking to interesting people, photography, dance classes, studies in … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Catherine Deveny’s Atheist Alphabet

Here's something I helped fund - and now it's really real in the real world and on YouTube! Thank you to Catherine Deveny for sticking it out and making such a snappy little film. Follow her on https://twitter.com/CatherineDeveny and check out her new show Trollhunter. … [Read more...]

Atheist Foundation Of Australia Releases National Curriculum Submission

"Unfortunately, the secular and free nature of Australia is under attack by two main programs within the public school system: Special Religious Instruction (SRI) and the National Schools Chaplaincy and Secular Youth Worker Program (NSCSWP)." - AFA I'm fairly certain that you would have seen some recent Australian developments regarding these claims; The Friendly Atheist covered one development with Australian Group Protesting Public School Religious Indoctrination Puts Up a Billboard of … [Read more...]

“How do we know what is true?” Narrated by Stephen Fry – That’s Humanism!

And a happy St Patrick's Day! A short Humanist animation about how we learn what's true through the use of evidence and science … [Read more...]

Perth: A Few Local Events That Are Science-y (And Awesome)

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I keep meaning to do this and I should just post and tell you to check them out (and they're touring shows, so check your local listings if you're in Australia!): Green Porno - Perth Concert Hall, WA Date: Wed 19 Mar 2014 - 8:00pm Screen icon Isabella Rossellini is coming to Australia to perform her new, playful and wonderfully odd stage show Green Porno, a one-woman comedy about mating in the natural world. In Green Porno, Rossellini takes us on an unusual and fascinating … [Read more...]

Sean Faircloth – Reclaiming a Secular Australia – UWA Lecture From 2013

Way, way back when I did episode #155 of the Token Skeptic podcast (which was a long time ago now, it seems! But it was April, 2013) - I interviewed Sean Faircloth about his pending Australian tour. I had to express regret post-interview that I'd be away on the first holiday with my family since... well, since I can ever remember, really, and therefore couldn't attend his talk in my home town. But never fear. Filmed in Perth, and sponsored by the Rationalist Society of Australia and the … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – On A Better Life – By Chris Johnson

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Now out! Warning, it contains a joke about Chris Stedman's socks. Token Skeptic Episode One Hundred And Seventy Seven – On A Better Life – Interview With Chris Johnson For this episode, I talk to Chris Johnson, the creator of the book A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God. The myth persists. Even in our modern world, countless people believe that without God, one’s life has no purpose or meaning — that the lives of atheists are … [Read more...]

Perth’s Sunday Assembly – This Sunday!

I did some interviews at the last Sunday Assembly, so my audio will be out soon from that - in the meantime: CURIOSITY - Assembly - Assembly Perth: "Curiosity", UWA Campus Sunday Assembly Perth: "Curiosity"­: 19th January 2014, Lecture Theatre 4, Arts Building, UWA Campus Sunday, January 19, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Our first event for 2014 will be again at the Lecture Theater 4, Arts Building, UWA Campus. The theme for this session will be "Curiosity". Ample free parking is available, … [Read more...]

UWA Atheist And Skeptic Society – Blogging Their Concern About Creationists On Campus

You can check out their website at http://uass.asn.au - here's their most recent concern: In August 2013, a church group called Zion Praise Harvest held several lectures in Perth by young earth creationist, John Mackay. This included a few lectures in churches, as well as one at Curtin University and one at the University of Western Australia. Entitled “Exposing Evolution, Confirming Creation”, the lecture at UWA had no substance and presented no evidence. Click on through to read the … [Read more...]

Anti-Gay Pastor Plans To Tour Australia, New Zealand, PNG, With Message Against Humanity #MarriageEquality

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There's a growing group of concerned folks in Australia spreading the word, helped by the likes of Leo Igwe - human rights activist and long-time supporter of minority groups who are persecuted in Africa and world-wide, particularly those people who are targets of  hate mongering sermons and preachings. From Gay Star News: Adeboye made headlines in Nigeria earlier this year when he claimed same-sex marriages would lead to the end of the human race. ‘Same-sex marriage is an anathema to … [Read more...]