Down In Front, Kittens (And Other Things That Are More Positive Than Atheist In-Fighting)

Look, just skip to the end of this blog-post and check out the cute kitten video, if you like.Perhaps it's that time of the year, but I'm rather fed up with online debates and fights and name-calling and nasty behaviour, particularly amongst people who have ideological similarities and common goals (not pointing out anyone in particular, just a general observation) - and I'm just going to post this instead and head out tonight to the cinemas and enjoy myself instead. Nyah.What are some of … [Read more...]

Educate Kids – And Give Them Santa, Easter Bunny – And Religion?

Get over to the Swift site and read one of the most thought-provoking posts you'll read this holiday season (and debate your point of view in the comments!) An Argument for Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and (gasp!) Even Jesus by Barbara Drescher. ...Asking a child to learn critical thinking when you only provide accurate information is like asking them to learn to sort socks when all of the socks are the same. How can you tell the good information from the bad if all you’re ever exp … [Read more...]

Have A Very Support-Your-Local Talent And Be Pro-Skeptic Christmas-Gift List

Recently I sent a gift to some friends (in fact two friends, Derek and Swoopy of Skepticality), as a gesture of thanks for the four years that I worked on the SkepTrack at Dragon*Con. I've been backstage for a number of events at that convention, had the opportunity to contribute to panels as both a creator of topics and even a presenter, and I know that it wouldn't have been possible to do that if it wasn't for them.Since the gift I sent them was for an event some time in the future, I … [Read more...]

Eddie Izzard On Religion, Science And Atheism

I got to see this show when he was touring Australia and I was very glad I did!H/t to The Crommunist. … [Read more...]

Australian Imprisoned On Scientology Ship Freewinds

Valeska Paris tells Cannane that she joined Scientology's hardcore Sea Organization -- signing its standard billion-year contract -- at only 14 years of age. Three years later, after her father committed suicide and her mother denounced Scientology on French television, Paris was ordered to "disconnect" from her family. She says that church leader David Miscavige then enforced that disconnection by having her put on the cruise ship, the Freewinds, that sails the Caribbean and caters to … [Read more...]

It’s Time – Sign The Petition To End Marriage Discrimination In Australia

And if you think there should be unity on some issues? Start here. We've removed discrimination from our hearts -- now it's time to remove it from our laws. Sign the petition to end marriage discrimination. We'll deliver it to the ALP National Conference next weekend, where the Labor Party will decide on their stance to ending marriage discrimination.   … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – What Makes For A Unified Atheist Movement?

Edit - Oh look, something new happened to further illustrate my post: CFI Canada: Half-truths and scandalSunday Morning Survey - Because I'm Still Taking A Quasi-Successful Break From Blogging And I Had This One On ASticky Note On My Computer For Quite Some Time Now And The Sticky Bit Isn't Working Anymore So I Might As Well Use This Idea Before Throwing It Away.Three things happened.One: Alan Moore talked about how he feels about a whole lot of protesters world-wide using his idea of t … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – Can A Spider Achieve Absolution?

Part of the November Break Series – I’ll be back blogging as usual on December 5th. Absolution is an integral part of the Sacrament of Penance, in Roman Catholicism. The penitent makes a sacramental confession of all mortal sins to a priest and prays an act of contrition. The priest then assigns a penance and imparts absolution in the name of the Trinity, on behalf of Christ Himself, using a fixed sacramental formula. Wikipedia. Very soon it will be an anniversary of an event and it's a difficult … [Read more...]

Two New Token Skeptic Episodes – On The #AtheistCon Plus Eugenie Scott And Steve Novella

Two episodes! Head to the Token Skeptic website to get them both!For Episode Eighty-Six, I’m interviewing Jason Ball – he serves on the Rationalist Australia Committee, is the President of the Freethought University Alliance and is a spokesperson for the Atheist Foundation of Australia and an organiser for the Global Atheist Convention. You can also hear him on the Young Australian Skeptics podcast, The Pseudoscientists!We talk about the forthcoming Global Atheist Convention, the Global Athei … [Read more...]

Yet Another Threat To (Alternative To Scripture) Ethics Classes In NSW

Context - I was trained in the Philosophy for Children methodology in 2004 by Phillip Cam and Ann Margaret Sharp; it's a part of the Philosophy and Ethics course that is taught state-wide here and I've interviewed Phillip Cam for the Token Skeptic podcast about it: ‘Did you know that children whose parents make a conscientious decision to have them opt out of Special Religious Education (SRE) are prohibited from any form of instruction during this period? NSW Department of Education policy p … [Read more...]

Therefore, Tim Minchin – Should We Be ‘Actual Humans’ As Atheists/Skeptics Too?

Never fear! I saved this post before the work was being done at FtB! Reposted!From Ophelia Benson’s post: “Just don’t be cruel to ANYONE, ever. On the internet, or in your life. Just imagine, as you sharpen your pen, that every man is your uncle or your brother, and that every woman is your mother or your sister. Just don’t spread vitriol. It’s not clever, it’s not funny, it doesn’t improve anything, it fails to educate, elucidate or encourage debate. It’s lazy. It’d be boring if it wasn’t so a … [Read more...]


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