The (Former) Australian Vaccination Network Starts The New Year With A Duhhhhh…

Because they can't get a new name. I thought "Misinformation For All" wasn't taken. All of my other suggestions are unprintable. Use your imagination. Check out The Australian - "Anti-vaccine group struggling for new ID" by Rick Morton: THE Australian Vaccination Network, which promotes the "benefits" of measles and believes vaccines cause autism, has lost its first battle to find a new name. The failed attempt came just days before legislation in NSW that bans parents from … [Read more...]

Happy New Year And Reflections On 2014

sciencerewired 2013

A lot of things achieved last year! Which led me to write this about five days ago and then schedule it so I could sleep in this morning. Although I'll probably have stayed up late anyway watching Serenity regardless. Firstly, a few highlights: ScienceRewired's BigSci13 - Big Science Communication Summit. Huge thanks to Ande Gregson and Kendall Benton and everyone involved in the 2013 event, which has inspired me to reach beyond the usual skeptic-circles and look into outreach and … [Read more...]

Hope You Had A Great Christmas Break! New Podcasts OUT!

As for me? New podcasts out! Episode One Hundred And Seventy Two – On Abominable Science – Interview With Daniel Loxton And Donald Prothero. This was great fun; two excellent authors and one fantastic book (and yes, I contributed a photo for the final copy, so there's a little bias there!). I'll be chatting to Donald Prothero a little more later this month, so tune into that episode too! Episode One Hundred And Seventy Three – On Bad PR – Interview With Michael Marshall. … [Read more...]

The Completely Selfish Guide To Pro-Rationalist Books From 2013

My Top Ten List: #1 - Abominable Science: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie and Other Famous Cryptids by Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero #2 - The Best Australian Science Writing 2013  Edited by Jane McCredie and Natasha Mitchell #3 - The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh #4 - Do You Believe In Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine by Paul A Offit #5 - Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering The Demarcation Problem by Massimo Pigliucci and … [Read more...]

THE RULING IS IN – Australian Vaccination Network Must Choose New Name – NSW Department Of Finance & Services

screenshot of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal page

A little while back I got this in my inbox - the Australian Vaccination Network is something I've had my eye on for some time, including seeing Meryl lecture in person three times when she's visited my state. So, I knew that this was coming up at some point: The AVN will be in court on Monday, November 25th The long-awaited decision of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT) will be handed down on Monday, November 25th in Sydney. As you probably remember, the Department of Fair Trading … [Read more...]

Teddy At TEDxPerth

TEDxPerth

I have a problem that sometimes irks people - I don't get stage fright. At least, I don't get stage fright the same way other people seem to get stage fright. The last time I remember it being an issue was when I was at college and I was a minor character in a play (one of several minor characters, really - it was an all-woman cast and fairly equally balanced in terms of speaking roles). I was backstage before the one and only performance and just felt this overwhelming emptiness. … [Read more...]

Channel 7 Sunrise – Anti-Vaccination Messages For Breakfast This Morning

first vaccination debate photo

As I recently Tweeted: With broadcast, @sunriseon7 sets back all efforts (e.g: Retreating to the church of anti-vaccination). I'm so very disappointed. It's what Dr Gorski calls "Manufactroversy" and he's written about another media example earlier this year on USA's NPR. What surprises me is that Sarah Murdoch, one of the co-hosts, is an ambassador for a health group and yet this was allowed to air. I was, however, very impressed with Professor McIntyre's efforts during the show - but, … [Read more...]

Blogging And Back Home Again! #NZSkepConf

me at the new zealand skeptics conference

Back home again! I kept taking notes during the time I was at the New Zealand Skeptics conference, with every intention of writing things up... and then I realised that with the insomnia, time differences, inability to get to sleep (add in a hotel fire alarm just as I finally settled in... and then a clock alarm that a previous resident of the room set for 4am that had me dashing across the room convinced that it was my computer for about ten minutes of panic)... Well, a lot of my reflections … [Read more...]

#NZSkepConf – The Show Begins! Keynote By Dr Pamela Gay

James starts

Here we are chatting before the show begins, with lots of coffee. Big thanks to Dell for the coffee! Very small attendee. Could be a hobbit. I did ask a parent for permission to take the photo; his name may be Bilbo. No teleporting from the venue in case of earthquakes! James gets us started; he is the official cat-herder for the day. Actual questions during the Q&A - speeches are for SkeptiCamp only! Nice rule to have. Dr Pamela Gay begins the day, with the null … [Read more...]

Recent Adventures – Interviews, InterviewED – New Zealand Skeptics Conference AND SkeptiCamp!

Just a quick update on this Saturday night before I get down to checking out the #euskep15 hashtag on Twitter (hope you're having fun, Hayley, Dr Chris French and Marsh!) - getting down to more studies and preparation for... The New Zealand Skeptics Conference!  Wellington - 6th - 8th, September 2013. Venue at Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington. ...We're all looking forward to the amazing range of speakers that we have lined up this year. The talks are guaranteed to … [Read more...]