The Young Australian Skeptics – Skeptical Blog Anthology – Out Now!

A short article on SWIFT about the anthology now out! All proceeds of the anthology go to the Young Australian Skeptics.The Skeptical Blog Anthology features essays by:Dr Phillip Plait of “Bad Astronomy”, Dr Karen Stollznow of the Point of Inquiry Podcast, Sharon Hill, Dr Petra Boynton, Brian Thompson of The Amateur Scientist podcast, Skeptic Blog’s Daniel Loxton and Yau-Man Chan, New York City Skeptics’ Lisa Bauer, UK Skeptic Dr Chris French, Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe’s Evan Bernstein … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Transcript – Burzynski And Skeptical Bloggers At CSICOP’s Curiouser And Curiouser

Now out on the Curiouser and Curiouser column on the CSICOP website - a transcript of the Token Skeptic podcast episode that featured UK's Andy Lewis of Quackometer:On Stanislaw Burzynski, the Streisand Effect, and Standing Up for Skeptical Bloggers Kylie Sturgess:  Who is Stanislaw Burzynski? Andy Lewis:  Well, that’s a very good question. As far as I can understand, he’s a doctor based in Texas who a number of years ago came up with an idea that certain sorts of chemicals were missing from ca … [Read more...]

Omni-Directional Spider Robot (And It Likes Teddy Bears)

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Meryl Dorey Of The AVN – Appearance On National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS)

Appearing on the 98.9 Queensland radio station - an Indigenous, government funded radio station - Meryl Dorey is now advising the listeners in rural and remote areas on vaccinations.Here's some of the transcript that I've made: Tiga Bayles: Today I have an interesting guest with an interesting topic; we're talking about freedom of speech, the right to make free and informed decisions or give free and informed consent. We're not talking about just black fellas today or First Nation peoples w … [Read more...]

Infographic: The Case For Girls And How Advertising Could Help

I like posting these; there's been a few that have caught my eye in the past as a "clever idea" (certainly the one on the great vaccination debate - and who can go past XKCD's laborious efforts to get across complex topics like the economy visually?)This one, however, has had an interesting impact (note - click to embiggen):"The response to Fast Company's recent feature story, "The Case for Girls," has been incredible. First, digital agency AKQA's mock ad campaign became a real-life call to … [Read more...]

#QEDCon – Another Donated Ticket Offer Open

Hayley Stevens has been a marvel at getting people to attend QEDCon; she's already run several successful fundraising efforts since late September to get as many skeptics on low-incomes to the science event QEDcon (held in Manchester next March 10th & 11th) as she can.Now there's a first-in offer that's open to disabled persons (or people), as a gesture by Chris (aka 'Gonz Blinko') who can no longer attend QEDCon: Rather than getting people to apply for these tickets that’ll be won by so … [Read more...]

Teddy The Porcupine With Subtitles – Audio Pareidolia

And a happy birthday to Barbara! … [Read more...]

Education And Critical Thinking In Australia – Part 1: A Valuable Argument

You've heard of something called the Australian National Curriculum? Perhaps you've heard of my friend Michael McRae, who has been contributing resources to a super sekrit project?Animated and directed by James Hutson, Bridge8. Written by Mike Mcrae and James Hutson:Part 1 of the TechNyou critical thinking resource.The resource covers basic logic and faulty arguments, developing student's critical thinking skills. Suitable for year 8-10, focused on science issues, the module can be … [Read more...]

Christmas Coming A Little Early (Change Nearly As Good As A Holiday)

Wednesday night is usually just the-middle-of-the-week. Today, however, it was:Dye my hair a new colour - well, two colours, actually. This is me, out in the bushland, trying to track down some black swans with my camera, for a friend.Pop on a Santa hat......and work at the science museum here in my home town, where I've been volunteering for the past year. Tonight was the children's Christmas party for the 'SciTrekkers' (people who have yearly memberships for entry and get discounts … [Read more...]

Why We Don’t Eat Our Own Brains – Professor Daniel Wolpert On TED

What’s the point of a brain? A fundamental question that has led Professor Daniel Wolpert to some remarkable conclusions about how and why the brain controls and predicts movement. In a recent talk for TED, Wolpert explores the research that resulted in him receiving the Golden Brain Award. Thanks to PhilosophyBites. … [Read more...]

“We’ve Already Entered Into Contracts With Meryl Dorey… The Damage Is Already Done.” Woodford Folk Festival

This Festival Allows A Dangerous Anti-Vaxxer To Spread Misinformation. Why?  From Mamamia.com.au:News Editor Rick Morton just spoke to Festival Executive Director Bill Hauritz about the decision to bring Meryl Dorey into speak at the Woodford Folk Festival. Bill: Who says it is dangerous? There are a lot of people out there who believe this whole vaccination thing is not an open and shut case. Is anybody willing to say that all vaccinations are 100% safe? Q: I don’t think even doctors say that, … [Read more...]


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