SciTech’s Rescue Exhibition

Rescue - on at Perth's SciTech. … [Read more...]

From Jenner to Wakefield: The Anti-Vaccination Movement

From Jenner to Wakefield: The Anti-Vaccination Movement from Gresham College on FORA.tvThanks to Milton. In 1998 a medical furor broke out when The Lancet published an article by Andrew Wakefield questioning the benefits of the MMR vaccination which was being given unquestioningly to children throughout the UK. … [Read more...]

Simon Page’s Designs For 2011 The International Year Of Chemistry

Part of the November Break Series – I’ll be back blogging as usual on December 5th.At the end of 2009 you might remember that I designed the prints for the International Year of Astronomy which, unexpectedly, was a massive hit and really helped promote a worthwhile campaign. Now we are in 2011 and this year it is the turn of the International Year of Chemistry. ...IYC prints are now available to buy, see individual purchase links below each image or view the entire set at inprnt. Also you can v … [Read more...]

‘What We Don’t Need Is Critical Thinking’ – Takedown Of A TEDx Talk On JREF’s Swift

Check out the excellent article Fluff Won't Make The World A Better Place over on the JREF Swift blog: One of my favorite sources of interesting content is TED. If you're not sure what that is, I highly recommend watching a few of the talks posted online and read about it. TEDx on the other hand... TEDx is a program which allows people to license the TED name to organize small (<100 attendees) TED-like events in their communities. Many TEDx talks are available online as well. Some are just as … [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...]

ChemFest 2011 – Curtin University

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Falling On The Moon

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Short List Of Things To Check Out

EDIT - because I just learned of it: Why the “Critical” in Critical Thinking. Go read. I am sure that most people have not thought much about why it’s called “critical thinking” and, when asked, would probably assume that “critical” refers to its importance (especially skeptics). However, they would only be partially correct. “Critical” means “crucial”, but it also refers to discriminating judgments. Critical thinking is an process in which we distinguish accurate information from inaccurate info … [Read more...]

ChemFest – Curtin University Saturday, 12th November

News from SciTech: An explosive chemistry extravaganza! Ignite Your Curiosity about the wonderful world of chemistry! Bubbling beakers, explosive experiments and fantastic fireballs – discover the incredible role chemistry has in our everyday life. Brought to you by the WA Chemistry Consortium, this FREE event includes an amazing array of shows, demonstrations, interactive activities that will amaze the whole family. Activities include: • Interactive stalls • The explosive ‘Ignite your Curiosity’ … [Read more...]

The Cat Quiz (AKA Grading Philosophy Papers)

I'm not going to be blogging over the next few days, due to work.Instead, you have three hours (with ten minutes reading time) to complete the following, using a 2B pencil.1) Which of the following questions is NOT a suitable caption for this photo?A. I will steadfastly ignore you, unless you reach for the eraser, then I shall pounce on it. B. You cannot has exam papers. C. Food, or  hairballs on your marking guide. D. This is a helpful cat.2) As tea-cosy is to teapot, cat is to … [Read more...]

From #NoOn26 Defeat (‘Personhood’ Amendment in Mississippi) To 40 Days Of Treats

A little oversight on my part (sorry! But it doesn't mean you need to stop supporting!) - but The Forty Days of Treats finished at the start of this week with a rather relevant reminder: Here’s [Twitter] links to all the organizations that I blogged about during these 40 days - BPAS (@Clare_BPAS) Marie Stopes (@MarieStopes) Education for Choice (@EdForChoice) FPA (@FPACharity) Abortion Rights  (@Abortion_Rights) Abortion Support Network (@AbortionSupport)  Antenatal Results and Choices (@ … [Read more...]


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