Quick update for folks in Melbourne!Shelley Segal is doing a gig tomorrow at Miss Libertines at 34 Franklin St in the city. It's from 2-7pm, with five bands for $5 and it's all going towards organising a fundraiser on March the 10th that is raising money for a women's shelter. Head down to hear the music and support a good cause! Shelley Segal is a singer-song writer from Melbourne, Australia. Growing up in a musical family, Shelley began singing at age three. She started writing songs and … [Read more...]
After a fairly rotten morning (missing shoe, comments, impending global warming and so forth), I decided to cheer myself up by arriving at the University of Western Australia's central campus via TARDIS.And then it broke down. FML. Some very nice students helped me tow it to the UWA Atheists and Skeptic Society booth, where I called Gallifrey Auto Repairs and they said they'd try to be there around lunch, give or take a century or two.The team were already set up and had some … [Read more...]
I'm honestly wearing just one shoe and about to run out the door as soon as I find the other. But quickly: "The O-Day Festival is the BIGGEST student event on campus! Taking place on Friday 24 February 2012, the last day of O-Week, UWA explodes into life for the year with live music, giveaways, food, hundreds of stalls and thousands of students covering James Oval and Koort Kwoba Dandjoo (Guild Village)." The UWA Atheist and Skeptics society has a stall and that'll be near where it was last … [Read more...]
I'm about to run out the door to attend a lecture by Germaine Greer (it happens to be the opening night of the Perth Writers Festival), but here's a few snaps from another first: The Murdoch University Atheist and Agnostic Society.I met Robert of the MASS near the social sciences building, just on the edges of the Bush Court. Which is why all my photos are kind of washed-out, as it was a bright morning and the light was behind us. Sorry about that. Anyway, you can see Robert wrestling with … [Read more...]
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...]
"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...]
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...]
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 philosophynews.com, Dr. Boghossian argues that faith-based processes are unreliable and unlikely to lead one to … [Read more...]
"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. 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...]