Australia And Friday 13th – A Skeptical Viewpoint

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As someone who considers themselves skeptically-minded (and yet still occasionally indulges in superstitious behaviour, as detailed in my TEDxPerth talk), it's understandable why Friday 13th still strikes a note of discord in the average Australian, despite a franchise of twelve movies. Hopefully they'll never make a thirteenth... not because I'm superstitious, but because the movies kind of suck.Essentially, people like patterns. We like patterns because we like to have a sense of control … [Read more...]

Robin Ince Australia Tour Video

And now here's the one for Robin Ince!Thanks to Trent Burton of http://www.trunkman.co.uk and Alan Melikdjanian of http://www.amelik.com in the filming and production of this video - and Robin Ince, of course!More details and links to tickets at http://atheistfoundation.org.au/robinince8pm Thursday 9 April | Perth | Astor Theatre 8pm Saturday 11 April | Adelaide | Dunstan Playhouse 8pm Tuesday 14 April | Canberra | ANU Arts Centre 8pm Saturday 18 April | Melbourne | Storey … [Read more...]

Women And Ghostbusters #NotMyGhostbusters

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Just a brief little blogpost on the topic (I'm heading out today to help behind the scenes at the Perth Fringe World Festival) in regards to what I think will happen with the film:There will be people (mostly guys, from what I see on Twitter) who don't like the idea of a reboot at all, let alone one featuring a primarily female cast. I dither about liking reboots myself - the next Fantastic Four doesn't thrill me, for example. I'm just waiting for the solid facedesk the world will make … [Read more...]

Last Two Days Fundraising For The New Token Skeptic Book!

I'm down to the last two days for the new book fundraiser!Spread the word if you can - just a blogpost, Tweet, a FB post or a Google + can help make it past 50%... or maybe even 60%... ? The whole book is now handed in to Alex, the editor of the new book - I'm now down to a quiet week with sound editing to make the audio version.Let's not forget a cover and a title! I've had two in mind and discovered that one was already used by an author, so that's narrowed it down. I'll be working o … [Read more...]

Water Dowsing And The Head Of Australia’s CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)??

You might be wondering if it's some kind of joke: He's interested in the development of technology that would make it easier for farmers to dowse or divine for water on their properties."I've seen people do this with close to 80 per cent accuracy and I've no idea how they do it," he said."When I see that as a scientist, it makes me question, 'is there instrumentality that we could create that would enable a machine to find that water?'"I've always wondered whether there's something … [Read more...]

QEDCon Ticket Fundraising At Hayley Steven’s Site

Every year, help is requested for people to attend conferences world-wide - Hayley Stevens once again gives the call to help people attend QEDCon in the UK: Another QEDcon approaches and tickets have gone on sale so I guess it’s that time again. Let’s rally together and buy conference tickets for those who can’t afford them! We’ve done it for *counts on fingers* lots of times now. Yeah…lots of times! (I have genuinely forgotten how many times I’ve done this. I think it is three?) Psst, Hayley, … [Read more...]

Fundraising For The New Token Skeptic Book!

There's some details, of course. You can find them at the IndieGoGo site:I'm the author of one self-published book on skepticism, secularism and atheism, published in 2013, called The Scope Of Skepticism: Interviews, Essays and Observations From the Token Skeptic Podcast . In 2014, I worked on creating the second book, which is still untitled. However, the chapters are written, the book is planned out... and I'd like to make it better than the first book. That's where you come i … [Read more...]

Podcast, Current Projects, On The Radio And More

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It's been a while since I blogged, but the first thing I should do (as many others have been doing) is direct your attention over to the request on No Longer Quivering: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nolongerquivering/2014/09/fundraiser-for-nlq-founder-vyckie-garrison/ Vyckie Garrison, the founder of this site No Longer Quivering, needs our help. Please consider donating to my friend Vyckie Garrison so she and the youngest five children can stay in their home. No Longer Quivering’s founder, Vy … [Read more...]

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...]


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