Must-Reads That I’m Reading – Separating Skepticism From Values, A Guide To Conspiracies (And Unicorns!)

New Podcast Out! On Forty Days Of Treats - Interview With Liz LutgendorffI'll see about making this a fortnightly blog-post, although during the school holidays I have a little more time for reading than usual. So, here's a magazine, a blog-post, a book for research and a book for the fun of it. I'll make this a regular feature in the future and feel free to put in your own recommendations in the comments!Magazine -  Skeptic Magazine, Vol. 16. Number 4. I just got this in the mail ye … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Great Skeptical Books For Kids

Monday Morning Muse - Because Cute Can Be Creative Too.Apparently the best Halloween costume of all time? Pup even has his own Facebook page.Many of you would have read the blogpost on the recent talk at the Texas Freethought Convention in Houston by Christopher Hitchens, where he was asked a question by a young member of the audience:Though he was asked a variety of questions from the audience, none appeared to elicit more interest than the one asked by eight-year-old Mason Crumpacker, … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic – These Are The Ways The World Will End – Dragon*Con 2011

From a global pandemic to the Hadron super-collider... have some fun as our panel rips into the latest world-enders and answers your questions about why we are probably safe (for now).Yes, that is Dr Phil 'Bad Astronomer' Plait, demonstrating meteor impact with a mintie that I gave him. Episode Eight-One of the Token Skeptic podcast, which (Libsyn willing...) will be out later today is with many, many, MANY thanks to the Skeptrack - Derek Colanduno of Skepticality.com and Mark Ditzler at Abr … [Read more...]

Respectful Insolence on Steve Jobs And Alt Med

Steve Jobs, neuroendocrine tumors, and alternative medicine. Orac, a clinical oncologist posts his views regarding claims that Steve Jobs shortened his life by initially delaying cancer treatment for nine months in order to pursue an alternative diet-based approach: Jobs was unfortunate in that he appears to have had an unusually aggressive form of the disease that probably would have killed him no matter what. That's not to say that we shouldn't take into account his delay in treatment and … [Read more...]

The Scope Of Skepticism Teaser – Interview With ‘Miracle Detective’ Dr Indre Viskontas

I'm heading into the final proofs and formatting of an anthology I've been working on for a while, featuring transcripts from the Token Skeptic podcast. This segment is from Episode Sixty-Nine, On Miracle Detectives – Interview With Dr Indre Viskontas; head there to listen to the entire interview.The reason why I'm transcribing select interviews for my book is two-fold: firstly, I've always enjoyed reading as well as listening to interviews in general. The book 'Lunch of Blood' by Antonella Gam … [Read more...]

#40DaysOfTreats – Showing Pro-Choice Support In The UK – With Cake!

A counter protest for 40 days doesn’t seem right - why draw attention to them? Instead, lets do something for the people who are probably most affected and could use the boost.Let’s give the nice people at BPAS 40 days of treats - Okay, we’ve got to do something about this - 40daysoftreats.tumblr.com. You know something that may not often come to mind with anti-abortion protesters and prayer groups? They can legally 'block' the way to providers... and make it very, very uncomfortable for those … [Read more...]

Curiouser And Curiouser On NZ Skeptics’ Convention – Now Out!

Now online! The NZ Skeptics' Convention article for Curiouser and Curiouser that I mentioned a day or so ago - now on the CSICOP website. They also have a CSICOP convention coming up soon. :) If any readers have been to Christchurch’s Twisted Hop pub on Poplar Street in order to attend a skeptical event or tour, I have some sad news. The pub sits, seemingly undamaged, right next to collapsed buildings. Rumbles of machinery and sounds of toppling cement echo throughout the Zone and beyond, with d … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Tim Minchin!

It isn't only Ada Lovelace's day today! Of course, we all know of Tim Minchin because of Storm. But I'll always remember him for the first time I saw him on stage, here in Perth.And if you're not familiar with his work: … [Read more...]

Ada Lovelace Day 2011 – On Paranormal Investigators Extraordinaire

This Ada Lovelace Day on October 7, share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today. Write a blog post, record a podcast, film a video, draw a comic, or pick any other way to talk about the women who have been guiding lights in your life. Give your heroine the credit she deserves! When deciding who to write about, I found myself not so lacking in inspiration - more overwhelmed with choice! As  … [Read more...]

Skepticism In The Shaking City Of Christchurch – Dr Bridgstock’s Lecture at NZ Skeptics Convention

Three things to finish off my Thursday:The Young Australian Skeptics podcast just released a brilliant  Episode Thirty-One, with Martin Pribble at Think Inc. and a fascinating interview with everyone's scientific hero, Eugenie Scott.Over at the Token Skeptic podcast: Episode Eighty - now out! On Paranormal Belief In Queensland – The Truth Told By Dr Martin Bridgstock.  Until recently, Queensland was regarded as the hillbilly state of Australia. It was dominated by fundamentalism and flirted w … [Read more...]

Pharmacy Guild Of Australia Withdraws Endorsement Of Alt Med Company Blackmores

My earlier blog-post features the details of the case:  ‘Coke And Fries’ Backlash – Pharmacy Guild Of Australia’s Alt Med Tie-In With Blackmores.Pharmacy Guild of Australia press release (PDF) Link The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and Blackmores have agreed that the Gold Cross endorsement of the Blackmores Companions range of complementary medicines will be withdrawn. The mutual decision has been taken in view of the strong level of public concern about the proposal, based on some media reportin … [Read more...]


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