Token Skeptic Podcast – On Freethinking Students (And University Skeptic And Atheist Events In Perth)!

A quick reminder:Thursday, 23rd February (today!) - Murdoch University students - sign up with the Murdoch Atheist and Agnostics Student Society. Head down around 9.30am and be a part of Market Day!Friday, 24th February (this Friday!) - University of Western Australia students - sign up with the UWA Atheist and Skeptics Society during UWA's O-Day Festival! Everything starts at 11am.Don't forget that this is the week of the Perth Writers Festival, featuring Alom Shaha, Leslie Cannold, … [Read more...]

The Forty Days Of Choice – Launches Today In The UK

"It’s that time of year again, when anti-choice group 40 Days for Life celebrate the run up to Easter by picketing abortion clinics, spreading misinformation and generally making life difficult for women using services and clinic staff. This year, inspired by the lovely 40 Days of Treats, we have decided to use the annual protest to celebrate the right to safe, legal abortion and run our very own 40 day choice-a-thon.  Every day we’ll be posting small, positive steps that we can all take to incre … [Read more...]

Where Is The Love, Oh Silly Christian Propaganda Group Who Hate The #AtheistCon?

I am in such a snit at the moment. I could almost start devoting days at a time to action role-playing computer games as a result. Because (oh be still, my bruised ego!) - it appears I have been left out of the cabal of hipsterness, the club of coolness, the...Well, I wasn't sent a sodding spam email, even though I'm at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention. HURT.Actually, no. But I am counting my (non-Christian) blessings that I don't have one more thing to delete from the in-box:In case … [Read more...]

Are You A Skeptic / Atheist At A Perth University? Podcast, Open Days And Student Leadership Conference!

THREE THINGS YOU MUST KNOW, students of Perth (and indeed Australia and beyond)!Firstly - out tomorrow! I'm on the verge of releasing Token Skeptic Episode One Hundred and Nine - On FreeThinking Students: In 2010, Rhys Morgan made headlines across the UK for discovering a disturbing and hazardous "cure all" called Miracle Medical Solution, lent his name to a libel reform claim and investigated the claims of the Burzynski clinic. On Rhys’ blog, he wrote: "If you’re involved in the skeptical and/ … [Read more...]

Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No!

Damn - sorry - apparently only the preview can be shown? But head to the link to see the full lecture.Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No! from Philosophy News on Vimeo.This presentation was given by Dr. Peter Boghossian of Portland State University on January 27, 2012. In this talk, sponsored by The Freethinkers of Portland State University and published by, Dr. Boghossian argues that faith-based processes are unreliable and unlikely to lead one to … [Read more...]

Dystopia And Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale: 1986 – 2012

"OfFred was a normal everyday woman with a career, a name, a life like all women have come to expect and take for granted in this age. When the Religious Right came into power, they began to put into practice their insane beliefs which strip women of their identity, their rights, their body, their very name. Women are to be called Of (whatever asshat they belong to), instead of, say Beatrix. Reproduction is an issue because all the toxins in the environment have rendered many women infertile. … [Read more...]

Geoffrey Robertson Q.C – At The Global Atheist Convention #atheistcon

Geoffrey Robertson Q.C. is head of Doughty Street Chambers, the UK's largest human rights practice, a Master of the Middle Temple, and serves as a 'distinguished jurist member' of the UN's Justice Council. He was the first President of the the UN War Crimes Court in Sierra Leone, and has delivered ground-breaking judgements on the illegality of recruiting child soldiers and the invalidity of amnesties for crimes against humanity. He has argued many landmark civil liberties cases and has acted … [Read more...]

NOW OUT! CSICOP With The World Skeptics Congress In Berlin And Young Atheist’s Handbook On Token Skeptic

Two things I've made for you this sunny Thursday - please do check them out and support them both! Kylie Sturgess interviews Amardeo Sarma on World Skeptics Congress - Curiouser and Curiouser. World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, May 18–20th 2012: Promoting Science in an Age of Uncertainty - An interview with Amardeo Sarma, founder and chairman of the German Society for the Scientific Investigation of Para-Sciences (GWUP), chairman of the European Council of Skeptical Organisations … [Read more...]

The Young Atheist’s Handbook – On Love

Expect the next Token Skeptic podcast episode very soon. Until then, a little spoiler: Lessons from The Young Atheist's Handbook: Love. … [Read more...]

The Young Atheist’s Handbook – Touring Australia And Now On YouTube

Great news - the dates for the Australian tour of Alom Shaha and his new book, "The Young Atheist's Handbook" (available for pre-order on Amazon) are now out: PERTH - Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th February: Various events at the Perth Writers Festival MELBOURNE - Monday 27th February: 6.15 pm, In Conversation with Jonathan Safran at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne Tuesday 28th February: 1.00 pm Live radio interview on Triple R radio’s ‘The Banana Lounge’ and 7.40 pm Live Radio interview with Wa … [Read more...]

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...]