New Podcast (And Adventures At MONA For The #AFFBR!)

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I'm currently at the Museum of Old And New Art's Australian Fair for Freedom of Belief in Religion, where they provide a platform to present a broad spectrum of beliefs and religious views present in contemporary Australian society. Check out the brief glimpse of my much-loved "There's probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life" shirt in this ABC Hobart news report! They were calling it religious speed-dating! Naturally, the Atheist Foundation of Australia were there and we had a gr … [Read more...]

Enjoy A Day Of Paraskevidekatriaphobia!

It's both a Friday 13th and a full moon! I thought of writing up a short blog post (or even recycling one), but due to the freezing cold here and a need to clean the house and answer emails, I became a little overwhelmed. Here's a video I did earlier on the topic of superstitions and I'll have more to write over the weekend! … [Read more...]

Parody Anti-Vaccine Image Goes “Viral” (Something Awful Website)

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It shouldn't need spelling out, but the following appears to have gone viral - I got my first rather shocked Facebook notification ("is this real?") about it this morning, although I admit I'd seen it floating around the internet some time before and just ignored it:Back in 2013,(20-frickin-13!)the following Photoshop Phriday fun was had over on the Something Awful website - in fact at: http://www.somethingawful.com/photoshop-phriday/antivaccination-ads-mccarthy/1/ "If they can … [Read more...]

Unicorns And Cake – Recent Events And Links

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I've been away from social media a little bit (including chasing down emails) because I had a health scare recently and it's difficult to be enthusiastic about the online world when the offline world involves being a pincushion for blood tests and visiting radiotherapy (no knock against radiotherapists, but waiting rooms are scary places, especially when it mostly seems to be mothers and daughters) - naturally, it overshadows everything else.But yesterday I got to visit my niece, who has … [Read more...]

Curiouser And Curiouser – Four Years And Forty-Four Articles Now Out

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It's just occurred to me that once again, I've missed the anniversary (four years!) of writing for the CSICOP website, on a little column called Curiouser and Curiouser.The most recently published one is just before the Perth shows happening this weekend by some contributors to the TV show, The Checkout, Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen - The Checkout is a satirical consumer affairs series on Australia’s ABC TV, presented by Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel from the satirical comedy gr … [Read more...]

World Immunisation Week – Day Three – On Vaccine Hesitation And Other Resources

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A few useful links and resources:From Science, 25 April 2014 Editorial, Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy - Barry R. Bloom, Edgar Marcuse, Seth Mnookin (viewable for free with registration): A recent report concluded that current public health communication about vaccines may actually increase misperceptions or reduce vaccination intention, and that attempts to increase concerns about communicable diseases or correct false claims about vaccines may be counterproductive. Research is needed to … [Read more...]

World Immunisation Week – Day Two – Should Adults Get Vaccinated?

Today is also ANZAC day, which - for those of you outside of Australia - is essentially like Veteran's Day:Getting up at dawn to attend services at military sites or local monuments is a long standing tradition; so is marching in ceremonies held around the country.So, today I didn't do much in terms of looking at vaccinations - but I did do something yesterday in preparation for tomorrow, because today's a national holiday, and the doctor's office is shut.Tomorrow I'm taking a … [Read more...]

Official Trailer For An Honest Liar With James Randi – Now Out!

“We could make a movie about just a simple biography of Randi and his background — but we’re a little more ambitious than that.” — Documentary Filmmaker Justin Weinstein. You can check out the interview with the documentary makers - or even just read the transcript taken from the Token Skeptic podcast. … [Read more...]

What Does Jenny McCarthy Say In Her Book “Louder Than Words”? (Re: Jenny McCarthy: The Gray Area On Vaccines)

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"The Playboy model and chat show host tries to whitewash her anti-vaccine stand. But there's no ducking the misinformed things she's said." - Jeffery Kluger, Time Magazine.Back in 2009, I got a second-hand copy of Jenny McCarthy's "Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey In Healing Autism" and then (a few years later) a copy of her second book in a discard library bin, called "Mother Warriors"."Mother Warriors" has a number of different contributors, so it's less about what McCarthy writes … [Read more...]

WAHOOO Thanks QEDCon and UK Skeptic Magazine – Win For Ockham’s Video 2013

Quick news - last year I took part in TEDxPerth and a short presentation I did was filmed; it was called Superstition 'Ain't The Way.On Friday morning, I was asked if I had something to either have said or presented via video as a finalist (which I didn't expect, as I didn't see a "finalists" list anywhere apart from a few great folk on Twitter saying that they made it to the finals in their categories). So, I didn't expect to win at such notice.Which is why I made a quick minute-long … [Read more...]

New Urban Legendary – Interview With Joe Kleiman About The Documentary “Blackfish”,

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The podcast will be out on the iTunes site at Urban Legendary. Please subscribe and consider sponsoring the show at http://www.patreon.com/kyliesturgess!Thanks to sponsors, I'm able to work on these extended episodes - it's available at the Token Skeptic site as a blogpost too. Sometimes I watch documentaries - but I usually keep a skeptical attitude about them. After years of teaching Media studies and senior English classes about non-fiction films, I'm always a little taken aback when I … [Read more...]


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