Pro-Vaccine Fremantle Boards Vandalised (But The I Immunise Message Goes On)

A little while back, I conducted an interview for the Token Skeptic podcast - #175 – On I Immunise – Interview With Dr Katie Attwell. The I Immunise campaign is run by the Immunisation Alliance of WA, a not-for-profit health promotion charity. If you're not much of a podcast listener (not everyone is!), you can still read the transcript on the Skeptical Inquirer website: “I Immunise” With The Immunisation Alliance Of Western Australia – Interview With Dr. Katie … [Read more...]

Skeptics Have Been Busy On Wikipedia! #GSoW

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Thanks to Susan and her team, who seem to have more energy than most distant galaxies, there's a new update to the blog called Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. This one is all about the GSoW (as they're called) doing a lot of work over the past two months! Mostly new people are assigned what I call "backwards edits" mainly from podcast interviews. I've made spreadsheets with every episode of specific podcasts, and then assign the new editor the task of listening and relistening to the … [Read more...]

Rbutr! Now Available in Firefox And iFrame For All Your Fact-Finding Needs!

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You may have noticed the boost Rbutr got in the most recent eSkeptic.com mailout - so I got in touch with the Rbutr team to learn more! We are now available in a Firefox Addon, and we have an iFrame which can be called up on any webpage in any platform (mobile, Internet explorer, whatever) by adding rbutr.com/ to the beginning of any URL. This URL (for example) can also be shared easily, and doing so doesn't confer social media or SEO benefit to the original content (Like … [Read more...]

More Token Skeptic Podcast! #179: Skeptical Science, Brain Craft And The Science Of Immunisation

The interviews for this podcast were done on the VERY last day of the #ASC14 event that happened earlier this week, during the final few breaks that we had between the sessions. At one point you can hear the next session bell rings and Vanessa and I run off to go check out the next lecture. Episode One Hundred And Seventy Nine – On Adventures At The #ASC14 – Skeptical Science, Brain Craft And The Science Of Immunisation. I really enjoyed talking to them all and I hope you enjoy listening … [Read more...]

Vote Vote For The UK Skepticism’s Third ‘Ockhams’ Awards!

I did a run-down of suggested nominees last year, but feel free to add your own in the comments. In fact, I'll post what I said last year here, but with a different one for video - my own! NOMINATE AT http://www.skeptic.org.uk. ---Videos!--- It'd be cool if you voted for my video TEDxPerth talk, "Superstition 'ain't The Way" in the video category (just saying - it's at: http://youtu.be/KwrvIkibaIk. Also consider: I Doubt That - The Media Guide to Skepticism and Jamy Ian … [Read more...]

My TEDxPerth Talk! Superstition ‘Ain’t The Way

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Feel free to watch it - because I'm not going to. It's too late at night, I've just finished the first of three very long conference days... and I'm too shy. But I did get a wonderful surprise: So, maybe it's not so bad a talk after all! Thank you again, Luke Copley, my coach, and all the TEDxPerth-ers! Enjoy, and please do follow along on the #ASC14 Tweet stream (or check out the Storifies!) if you're interested in science communication and one of the biggest events yet in … [Read more...]

On My Way To #ASC14 (And Everything Else I’ve Been Doing These Past Two Weeks)

Virgin Perth airport lounge

I'm here. FINALLY Perth got itself an airport lounge with the wifi and the coffee and the snacks and a quiet corner. So I can do the following: “I Immunise” With The Immunisation Alliance Of Western Australia – Interview With Dr. Katie Attwell - over at my column for the Skeptical Inquirer website, called Curiouser and Curiouser. You can check out the podcast over here, on the Token Skeptic website: Episode One Hundred And Seventy Five – On I Imunise – Interview With Dr … [Read more...]

A Letter To A Fellow Skeptic And Listener Feedback (Is This Thing On?)

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So, I've had about [Insert Far Too Little Healthy Hours Here] of sleep and I'm firing through a load of audio to clean it up and post it out to promote all kinds of cool, awesome, hard-working and dedicated people... ...who are more than likely also putting their health on the line to promote a broader understanding of science by the public, to educate and inform the world. In far more effective ways than I do. And then I realise that no matter what I do, whether it be taking on the onus … [Read more...]

Perth’s Sunday Assembly – This Sunday!

I did some interviews at the last Sunday Assembly, so my audio will be out soon from that - in the meantime: CURIOSITY - Assembly - Assembly Perth: "Curiosity", UWA Campus Sunday Assembly Perth: "Curiosity"­: 19th January 2014, Lecture Theatre 4, Arts Building, UWA Campus Sunday, January 19, 2014, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Our first event for 2014 will be again at the Lecture Theater 4, Arts Building, UWA Campus. The theme for this session will be "Curiosity". Ample free parking is available, … [Read more...]

UWA Atheist And Skeptic Society – Blogging Their Concern About Creationists On Campus

You can check out their website at http://uass.asn.au - here's their most recent concern: In August 2013, a church group called Zion Praise Harvest held several lectures in Perth by young earth creationist, John Mackay. This included a few lectures in churches, as well as one at Curtin University and one at the University of Western Australia. Entitled “Exposing Evolution, Confirming Creation”, the lecture at UWA had no substance and presented no evidence. Click on through to read the … [Read more...]