Must-Reads That I’m Reading – Separating Skepticism From Values, A Guide To Conspiracies (And Unicorns!)

New Podcast Out! On Forty Days Of Treats - Interview With Liz LutgendorffI'll see about making this a fortnightly blog-post, although during the school holidays I have a little more time for reading than usual. So, here's a magazine, a blog-post, a book for research and a book for the fun of it. I'll make this a regular feature in the future and feel free to put in your own recommendations in the comments!Magazine -  Skeptic Magazine, Vol. 16. Number 4. I just got this in the mail ye … [Read more...]

Congratulations Matt Parker – 2011 Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement

Matt Parker - an awesome Australian! We met briefly at QEDCon in February and again when he visited Perth to catch up with family before heading to more comedy shows in Melbourne. Lovely, lovely person and absolutely fantastically smart and funny. He even got an award for it!Here he is with hanging out in a bookshop in Leederville with another friend of mine, science communicator Daniel 'Professor Funk of the Placebo Effect Video' Keogh (and they're posing with a book written by another s … [Read more...]

I Get Electrocuted – FOR SCIENCE! All-Ages Physics Show At Dragon*Con

One of the fun things that happened at Dragon*Con this year - the physics show for kids! This is with huge thanks to Matt Lowry and Dr Pamela Gay (of Astronomy Cast fame) - amazing scientists, educators and downright awesome people for putting on this all-ages show during the Labor Day long weekend.I didn't know this was being recorded. Which is why you can see me, with my long hair out, wearing my skull-print headband - going OOOH! at 31.20 min!As Matt writes: This is the footage from the ph … [Read more...]

International Cephalopod Awareness Days – Digital Cuttlefish And Noadi’s Art #cephalopod

UPDATE - sobering news from 'Cuttlefish Country' in the comments - appears the desalination plant has been approved in SA. Keep in touch with their site for updates.It's International Cephalopod Awareness Days! I encourage you to do something to celebrate these days, which happen to be:October 8 – Octopus Day, for all the eight-armed species October 9 – Nautilus Night, a time for all the lesser-known extant cephalopods October 10 – Squid Day/Cuttlefish Day, or Squittleday, covering the t … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic – These Are The Ways The World Will End – Dragon*Con 2011

From a global pandemic to the Hadron super-collider... have some fun as our panel rips into the latest world-enders and answers your questions about why we are probably safe (for now).Yes, that is Dr Phil 'Bad Astronomer' Plait, demonstrating meteor impact with a mintie that I gave him. Episode Eight-One of the Token Skeptic podcast, which (Libsyn willing...) will be out later today is with many, many, MANY thanks to the Skeptrack - Derek Colanduno of Skepticality.com and Mark Ditzler at Abr … [Read more...]

Respectful Insolence on Steve Jobs And Alt Med

Steve Jobs, neuroendocrine tumors, and alternative medicine. Orac, a clinical oncologist posts his views regarding claims that Steve Jobs shortened his life by initially delaying cancer treatment for nine months in order to pursue an alternative diet-based approach: Jobs was unfortunate in that he appears to have had an unusually aggressive form of the disease that probably would have killed him no matter what. That's not to say that we shouldn't take into account his delay in treatment and … [Read more...]

The Scope Of Skepticism Teaser – Interview With ‘Miracle Detective’ Dr Indre Viskontas

I'm heading into the final proofs and formatting of an anthology I've been working on for a while, featuring transcripts from the Token Skeptic podcast. This segment is from Episode Sixty-Nine, On Miracle Detectives – Interview With Dr Indre Viskontas; head there to listen to the entire interview.The reason why I'm transcribing select interviews for my book is two-fold: firstly, I've always enjoyed reading as well as listening to interviews in general. The book 'Lunch of Blood' by Antonella Gam … [Read more...]

#40DaysOfTreats – Showing Pro-Choice Support In The UK – With Cake!

A counter protest for 40 days doesn’t seem right - why draw attention to them? Instead, lets do something for the people who are probably most affected and could use the boost.Let’s give the nice people at BPAS 40 days of treats - Okay, we’ve got to do something about this - 40daysoftreats.tumblr.com. You know something that may not often come to mind with anti-abortion protesters and prayer groups? They can legally 'block' the way to providers... and make it very, very uncomfortable for those … [Read more...]

Ada Lovelace Day 2011 – On Paranormal Investigators Extraordinaire

This Ada Lovelace Day on October 7, share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today. Write a blog post, record a podcast, film a video, draw a comic, or pick any other way to talk about the women who have been guiding lights in your life. Give your heroine the credit she deserves! When deciding who to write about, I found myself not so lacking in inspiration - more overwhelmed with choice! As  … [Read more...]

Stephen Fry On Steve Jobs – “Le style c’est l’homme – The Style Is The Man”

Now that the site is working and all - here's Stephen Fry on the late Steve Jobs: Their work met however and it is through it that you are reading this. I will not be so presumptuous as to mourn the loss of Steve as a personal friend, but I will mourn his loss as a man who changed my world completely. As the great writer, wit and sage John @Hodgman (who played the pasty-faced PC in the old Apple TV commercials) wrote a few hours after Steve’s death “Everything good I have done, I have done on a M … [Read more...]

Skepticism In The Shaking City Of Christchurch – Dr Bridgstock’s Lecture at NZ Skeptics Convention

Three things to finish off my Thursday:The Young Australian Skeptics podcast just released a brilliant  Episode Thirty-One, with Martin Pribble at Think Inc. and a fascinating interview with everyone's scientific hero, Eugenie Scott.Over at the Token Skeptic podcast: Episode Eighty - now out! On Paranormal Belief In Queensland – The Truth Told By Dr Martin Bridgstock.  Until recently, Queensland was regarded as the hillbilly state of Australia. It was dominated by fundamentalism and flirted w … [Read more...]


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