What Do You Want Out Of A Skeptical Podcast? Let Me Know!

Still got nothing to do for exactly two minutes on a Sunday? Well, it's the last few days to fill in the survey that features over on the Token Skeptic podcast: I’m after basic demographics, what features you enjoy, what episodes you like (or even loathe) and what suggestions you have for the future of the Token Skeptic Podcast. If you have the time – click here to take this simple survey that will help the show in the future. The questions are able to be skipped if you don't want to answer the … [Read more...]

Sadie Crabtree On Winning Hearts And Minds for Skepticism – At TAM 2011 Las Vegas

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Now On YouTube – The James Randi Show – Cold Fusion and Carl Sagan

The Randi Show is a biweekly video podcast produced by the James Randi Educational Foundation. James Randi himself discusses news from the world of science, pseudoscience, and the paranormal. Plus, he shares some stories from his amazing life. In this episode, Randi explores the latest news in cold fusion. Has it finally been achieved? … [Read more...]

From Jenner to Wakefield: The Anti-Vaccination Movement

From Jenner to Wakefield: The Anti-Vaccination Movement from Gresham College on FORA.tvThanks to Milton. In 1998 a medical furor broke out when The Lancet published an article by Andrew Wakefield questioning the benefits of the MMR vaccination which was being given unquestioningly to children throughout the UK. … [Read more...]

Two New Token Skeptic Episodes – On The #AtheistCon Plus Eugenie Scott And Steve Novella

Two episodes! Head to the Token Skeptic website to get them both!For Episode Eighty-Six, I’m interviewing Jason Ball – he serves on the Rationalist Australia Committee, is the President of the Freethought University Alliance and is a spokesperson for the Atheist Foundation of Australia and an organiser for the Global Atheist Convention. You can also hear him on the Young Australian Skeptics podcast, The Pseudoscientists!We talk about the forthcoming Global Atheist Convention, the Global Athei … [Read more...]

Therefore, Tim Minchin – Should We Be ‘Actual Humans’ As Atheists/Skeptics Too?

Never fear! I saved this post before the work was being done at FtB! Reposted!From Ophelia Benson’s post: “Just don’t be cruel to ANYONE, ever. On the internet, or in your life. Just imagine, as you sharpen your pen, that every man is your uncle or your brother, and that every woman is your mother or your sister. Just don’t spread vitriol. It’s not clever, it’s not funny, it doesn’t improve anything, it fails to educate, elucidate or encourage debate. It’s lazy. It’d be boring if it wasn’t so a … [Read more...]

Short List Of Things To Check Out

EDIT - because I just learned of it: Why the “Critical” in Critical Thinking. Go read. I am sure that most people have not thought much about why it’s called “critical thinking” and, when asked, would probably assume that “critical” refers to its importance (especially skeptics). However, they would only be partially correct. “Critical” means “crucial”, but it also refers to discriminating judgments. Critical thinking is an process in which we distinguish accurate information from inaccurate info … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Mostly Mouse. And Marie Curie. AND MARIAN CALL!!

Monday Morning Muse - Because I Have To Have Somewhere To Post All These Photos.First of all - Marian Call interview out on the Token Skeptic podcast today! As soon as I've wrangled Libsyn to upload the audio, that is. So, expect that to be in about two hours. Once this cup of tea has kicked in. Here's some of the transcript: Kylie Sturgess:  For people who aren't familiar with your music, I try to find a way to describe it, and it's kind of a difficult style to pin down. Then you Tweeted … [Read more...]

Challenging ‘Psychic’ Sally Morgan – The Press Conference

From the Mersyside Skeptics blog:There's a number of videos they have featured on the site, click to check out all of them (including Professor Chris French, Michael Marshall and this introduction by Mike Hall and Simon Singh).As the site says: Note: Although it shouldn’t need to be pointed out, it’s worth clarifying that the Merseyside Skeptics Society don’t condone or support people publishing contact details for Sally, her office, her lawyers or anyone, nor do we support anyone sending h … [Read more...]

Skeptical Kitteh!

Thanks to Clifford for the alert - you can check out more of  Richard Smith's Skeptical kitteh or Science kitteh designs at his official site and see more blogged-examples at Why Evolution Is True! … [Read more...]

On Nationalism – By Matt Rodgers And George Hrab

This is by local Curtin uni student (and master of the kinetic typography video - he did my Little Sugar Pills video that was shown at the Sydney SkeptiCamp and the Stephen Fry 'Language' video that went viral) - Matt Rodgers. Using audio of entertaining musician and podcaster George Hrab this piece is a look at nationalism, partiatism, jingoism and the fine line that divides pride and prejudice. If you enjoy listening to this then have a look at George’s podcast the Geologic Podcast. … [Read more...]