Perth: A Few Local Events That Are Science-y (And Awesome)

I keep meaning to do this and I should just post and tell you to check them out (and they're touring shows, so check your local listings if you're in Australia!): Green Porno - Perth Concert Hall, WADate: Wed 19 Mar 2014 - 8:00pmScreen icon Isabella Rossellini is coming to Australia to perform her new, playful and wonderfully odd stage show Green Porno, a one-woman comedy about mating in the natural world.In Green Porno, Rossellini takes us on an unusual and fascinating journey into … [Read more...]

Sean Faircloth – Reclaiming a Secular Australia – UWA Lecture From 2013

Way, way back when I did episode #155 of the Token Skeptic podcast (which was a long time ago now, it seems! But it was April, 2013) - I interviewed Sean Faircloth about his pending Australian tour.I had to express regret post-interview that I'd be away on the first holiday with my family since... well, since I can ever remember, really, and therefore couldn't attend his talk in my home town.But never fear. Filmed in Perth, and sponsored by the Rationalist Society of Australia and the … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – On A Better Life – By Chris Johnson

Now out! Warning, it contains a joke about Chris Stedman's socks.Token Skeptic Episode One Hundred And Seventy Seven – On A Better Life – Interview With Chris JohnsonFor this episode, I talk to Chris Johnson, the creator of the book A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God.The myth persists. Even in our modern world, countless people believe that without God, one’s life has no purpose or meaning — that the lives of atheists are devoid of joy an … [Read more...]

Perth’s Sunday Assembly – This Sunday!

I did some interviews at the last Sunday Assembly, so my audio will be out soon from that - in the meantime: CURIOSITY - Assembly - Assembly Perth: "Curiosity", UWA Campus Sunday Assembly Perth: "Curiosity"­: 19th January 2014, Lecture Theatre 4, Arts Building, UWA Campus Sunday, January 19, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Our first event for 2014 will be again at the Lecture Theater 4, Arts Building, UWA Campus. The theme for this session will be "Curiosity". Ample free parking is available, r … [Read more...]

UWA Atheist And Skeptic Society – Blogging Their Concern About Creationists On Campus

You can check out their website at - here's their most recent concern: In August 2013, a church group called Zion Praise Harvest held several lectures in Perth by young earth creationist, John Mackay. This included a few lectures in churches, as well as one at Curtin University and one at the University of Western Australia. Entitled “Exposing Evolution, Confirming Creation”, the lecture at UWA had no substance and presented no evidence. Click on through to read the entire sa … [Read more...]

Anti-Gay Pastor Plans To Tour Australia, New Zealand, PNG, With Message Against Humanity #MarriageEquality

petition for anti-gay pastor tour

There's a growing group of concerned folks in Australia spreading the word, helped by the likes of Leo Igwe - human rights activist and long-time supporter of minority groups who are persecuted in Africa and world-wide, particularly those people who are targets of  hate mongering sermons and preachings.From Gay Star News: Adeboye made headlines in Nigeria earlier this year when he claimed same-sex marriages would lead to the end of the human race.‘Same-sex marriage is an anathema to the … [Read more...]

Reading For Today – Marwa Berro: Between a Veil and a Dark Place

Marwa Berro: Between a Veil and a Dark Place: What it is like to be a Muslim woman, and why we know what freedom is (and you may not): I can say these things now.I never could before.We never could, before. So many of us cannot, still.This way of living–having to regulate and hide our personalities, our humanity–the tone of our voices, their volume and timbre, the manner in which we sit or stand or walk or speak, whether and when we can leave our homes, how and when we speak to peo … [Read more...]

June 21st – World Humanist Day

From IEHU: World Humanist Day is celebrated every year on June 21. It is an opportunity for Humanist individuals and organizations to publicize the positive values of Humanism and to share the global concerns of the Humanist movement.Humanist groups have been celebrating World Humanist Day since the 1980s. It is the only freethought holiday officially recognized by the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), the global federation for Humanist, atheist, rationalist, ethical culture, … [Read more...]

Perth Talk – Science, Atheism And The Joyful Life By Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

I'm up early working (mostly due to a nasty cough), but it's a optimistic, cheerful kind of day already - mostly because I discovered that the talk I couldn't attend due to being several hundred kilometers north enjoying a beachside resort with the family has been posted online!Sean Faircloth was a great person to interview and I was really sorry that I couldn't be there to hear him in person, but thankfully we can all catch his speech now. Enjoy!This talk was sponsored by the Humanist … [Read more...]

Quitters – The Musical


I just got an update about Quitters the musical by Joshua Bonnett! Last time I wrote about it was over on this blogpost, but here's all the details you need to know now: The story follows the adventure of Reverend Craig Helsphere and his family of musical pastors; Helsphere Ministries. When it comes to ‘saving’ the unfortunate souls who cross the Reverend’s path, kidnapping is just the beginning.Those who’ve been lucky enough to catch production rehearsals are saying Quitters is like Rent, m … [Read more...]

Links Du Jour – Jamy Ian Swiss Video At FreeThought Alliance, Farewell Eugenie Scott And Amanda Berry Psychic Fail #NoJabNoPlay

The Telegraph No Jab No Play

Jamy Ian Swiss at the Orange County Freethought Alliance conference May 4, 2013. Here you go:Related - PZ Myers quits skeptic movement, should we care? - by Massimo Pigliucci: But there is something to be learned here, which is why I will use this specific incident to make a broader point about what I think is really problematic in the skeptic movement....I think the primary problem with the skeptic movement — of which I am and remain a proud member — is that too many people, both am … [Read more...]