Indre Viskontas Joins Point Of Inquiry Podcast

Some very cool news! Point of Inquiry, the official podcast of the Center for Inquiry (CFI), today announced that cognitive neuroscientist and former Miracle Detectives host Indre Viskontas will join the show as cohost with science writer Chris Mooney. Beginning in February, Mooney will host three times a month; Viskontas will anchor the last Monday of every month. The show will continue to be released every Monday on the Point of Inquiry website and on iTunes. Indre Viskontas, a writer, … [Read more...]

Julia Galef With A Rational View Of Tradition

Thanks to Daniel for this find: … [Read more...]

Wednesday Links – Bye-Bye Prop 8, Kicked-Out Komen, Alt Med In Universities Interview And Love Love Love

Firstly, another thought-provoking post by Daniel Loxton on Skeptic Blogs - "Russell's Hedgehogs and Hirst's Shark": This straightforward advice—try not to take people’s word for stuff, especially when we’re promoting a position in public—is a core skeptical concept. It underpins all of skeptical scholarship, for responsible skeptical outreach demands the due diligence exercise of checking everything twice. Someone says they saw something? Maybe they did, and maybe they didn’t. We ought to try to … [Read more...]

Jamie Kilstein – Global Atheist Convention 2010 – The Best Fun Ever

I have a story about this gig. This was the best fun I've ever had introducing someone to the stage.I don't think that Jamie actually thought that there was going to be someone doing the intro for him and he peeked out from the curtains, sending the audience into giggles. I realised that I was holding him up with every second, and I RAN from the stage so he could start.You can just see me fleeing the scene as he walks onto the stage... Thanks Jamie, this was a wonderful memory from a great … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Interview – Julian Morrow Of The Chaser

I'm in the final stages of writing the book of the Token Skeptic podcast - so here's an interview from the archives that you might enjoy. I interviewed Julian Morrow of the Chaser, who featured at the Saturday night dinner at the Global Atheist convention in 2010. Don't forget that the tickets for the dinner (and the event itself) for the Global Atheist Convention in 2012 are selling fast, so if you want to be a part, do head to the site. The Chaser is an Australian satirical comedian group, mos … [Read more...]

Perth Celebrates Darwin Day On The 12th February – At The Zoo!

It's all happening world-wide on the 12th February - in fact, there's two events on the go in my town! With many thanks to the Perth Atheists, there's a celebration of Darwin's 203rd Birthday at the Perth Zoo: Join us this Darwin Day in celebration of Charles Darwin's 203rd birthday. We have some fascinating talks from experienced public speakers and a tour of the zoo lined up. Lunch at 1 o'clock followed by some talks at approximately 3pm - friends, family and children welcome. Talks (starting … [Read more...]

Komen Foundation Backs Down And Apologises To Planned Parenthood

From NPR: Komen Foundation Now Says It Will Continue Grants To Planned Parenthood: The Susan G. Komen Foundation just announced it will be providing grants to Planned Parenthood for that organization to use in basic screening and educating women about breast cancer. ...In the statement from CEO Nancy Brinker, Komen also says "we want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives." Thanks to Ben Radford and Ju … [Read more...]

Further Unmissable Atheist Events In Melbourne – Alom Shaha With John Safran

The last update was here - and here's more details about an event being run in conjunction with Embiggen Books!Alom Shaha: The Young Atheists Handbook - In conversation with John Safran.The Wheeler Centre, 6:15PM - 7:15PM, Monday, 27 February 2012. Alom Shaha is a British–Bangladeshi film-maker, science writer and unabashed atheist. In The Young Atheist’s Handbook, he argues that regardless of the strictness of the traditions you are raised in, it’s possible to live a compassionate, fulfi … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Interview With Alain de Botton – On Religion For Atheists

There's been a recent spate of blogposts here on Freethought blogs (some in verse, by The Digital Cuttlefish - The Grandest One Of All and An Atheist Monument? Or, On Herding Cats), which address the claim that Alain de Botton has been proposing an "atheist monument" or "temples for atheists".Today I got a response to my questions to the author - he will be touring Australia in February:There's a growing number of books that bring a greater understanding (or at least awareness) of atheism to … [Read more...]

Marvelous Martina Responds To Margaret Court

In response to Margaret Court's earlier op-ed - Don't deny us same-sex marriage laws, says Martina Navratilova: ...People (the straight ones) often ask: Why are people gay? I say, well, why are people straight? There is no straight answer here, so to speak. Human sexuality is multi-faceted, complex and quite fluid; genes play a part as well. How much? Who knows? But that's not really the point anyway.Perhaps of the many things you said in your opposition to granting same-sex marriage rights … [Read more...]

On The Ledge – A Panel Discussion On Atheism At Dragon*Con 2011

Moderated by Derek Colanduo - features JREF's D.J. Grothe, NCSE executive director Eugenie Scott, Margaret Downey of The Freethought Society, and Barbara Drescher. It focuses on the "definition of skepticism as well as the missions and scopes of the organisations promoting skepticism, secularism, and atheism" - which is taken from Barbara's review of the entire convention which features over at Skeptrack at Dragon*Con 2011. … [Read more...]


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