The End Of Philosophy Classes (An Incidental Lesson On John Edward)

NOTE - Simon Taylor is NOW in Perth! Check out details of his comedy tour here - he'll be catching up with the Perth Atheists and Skeptics tomorrow! One of the many small surprises of the recession has been a significant growth in the number of philosophy majors, according the the Philadelphia Inquirer. It has slightly exceeded the growth of enrolments in the last ten years; many other humanities and social science fields have just kept up. At the University of California at Berkeley, despite or … [Read more...]

The One Show On Spiritualism – With Professors Richard Wiseman And Chris French

Thanks to the The Psychology of the Paranormal E-mail Network - you can subscribe here! … [Read more...]

On Sally Morgan And The Issues With Testing Psychic Claimants (Are There Any?)

One of the unfortunate side-effects of Twitter is that you can get short, sharp, terse-sounding and inappropriate comments that are intended to be anything but. I'm certain Tim Minchin could talk about that quite easily, for example.This doesn't mean that the occasional intentional passive-aggressive statement is completely absent, which (as I'm certain we all know) can also be par for the course with online interactions. They tend to just exacerbate what could be, at its core, a simple mis … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – ‘Do You Give People A Pass Because They’re On “Our Side”?’

Sunday Morning Survey – Because I Have A Headache For Some Unknown Reason And I'm Kind Of Grateful That I Don't Have To Get Out Of Bed This Time Of The Day To Do A Damned Thing Beyond Writing This .Today I read a short statement from someone (let's call them 'X') praising a speaker at a conference (it was a primarily a science, not an atheist conference - but we can talk about any event you like). People responded by politely agreeing or disagreeing about the relative value of that particular p … [Read more...]

kate Goes To The Conscious Living Festival

WE CAN TAKE YOU UP TO SEVENTEEN TIMES EARTH'S GRAVITY! More like a terrifying vibrating torture-device, making my eyeballs bubble out of my freaking head, as I hang on grim death and pled the operator to please stop lecturing me on how the NASA astronauts use this all the time and just let me get off the bloody thing... Want to be told that sunblock is potentially deadly? Or watch people stand in metal bowls being hit by gongs? Maybe be told not to vaccinate your family?  kate loves a New Age fes … [Read more...]

When ‘Skepticism’ Makes Me *Headdesky* – Not-So-Much A Jefferson Quote After All

From the Friendly Atheist:The Backyard Skeptics in Orange County, California — no strangers to controversy— just put up this billboard yesterday afternoon: "I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature. It is founded on fables and mythology" - Thomas Jefferson. ...Just one problem with the quotation… Jefferson never said it. Oh bloody hell.Anyway. Today is Friday, I'm thinking of spending a little time checking out the Conscious Living Expo in my town (mostly because the Australian Va … [Read more...]

Send The Secular Student Alliance Some Reddit And Facebook Love!

Okay, I'm going to make it very plain:So, there you go. Nyah.Seriously though, the Secular Student Alliance Facebook page got a TREMENDOUS amount of Reddit love (a popular social networking site) in a short space of time (about gone from 6.5k to over 13k in nine hours) and they'd appreciate the recognition and support from everyone out there - even if you're not currently a university/college student like I am, you can still zip in a click to the Facebook page or 'upvote' the Reddit link ( … [Read more...]

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – This Stephen Fry Walked Into Embiggen Bookshop…

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – Because I Just Got A Cat To The Vet And There Was Nothing Wrong Except For The Effort Of Getting A Cat To The Vet, So Here's Some Links To Recover From That Experience.Cat's okay, in case you were wondering. Just rather miffed that he got put into a box.Anyway. I was chatting to a friend on Google+ today (which considering my earlier grumbles about it's very existence with the post To Google + Or Not To Google +?, I'm fairly convinced that their chats are a deter … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – ‘How Do Atheists Deal With Death?’

"For something so precious and pure, there has to be an exorbitant price. That price is the hole in my heart, and I wouldn't trade it for anything." - George Hrab, 'The Most Dog', Non-Coloring Book. Please send in your commiserations to the Skepticality podcast on the passing of their little mascot and much loved friend, Remy the pugdog. ***** I was going to write today's Sunday Survey on something completely different. Mostly because it's kind of irked me for a while that some friends have been … [Read more...]

Melbourne Musician Shelley Segal – On Radio And On Atheism!

I'm hoping I'll see her around the Global Atheist Convention next year! Shelley Segal, whose song "Saved" has started to get some rave reviews already.In this interview for radio 3CR, she's talking about the upcoming "An Atheist Album" and plays an acoustic version of one of the tracks 'Eve' (lyrics follow after the jump): … [Read more...]

Donors Choice – A Message From Women And Hands-On Science

Firstly - today in Melbourne at Embiggen Books! Check out the podcast interview!  The event is Contempt of Court: Unofficial Voices from the DOGS Australian High Court Case, 1981. Not only is it a talk by the book’s author Jean Ely – popular Melbourne comedian Rod Quantock, activist and former politician Joan Coxsedge and Max Wallace, author and 2010 Global Atheist Convention presenter and Director of the Australia New Zealand National Secular Association will be there too. Thursday. 6-7.30pm a … [Read more...]


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