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 -  www.csicop.org 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...]

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...]


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