When ‘Skepticism’ Makes Me *Headdesky* – Not-So-Much A Jefferson Quote After All

From the Friendly Atheist:The Backyard Skeptics in Orange County, California — no strangers to controversy— just put up this billboard yesterday afternoon: "I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature. It is founded on fables and mythology" - Thomas Jefferson. ...Just one problem with the quotation… Jefferson never said it. Oh bloody hell.Anyway. Today is Friday, I'm thinking of spending a little time checking out the Conscious Living Expo in my town (mostly because the Australian Va … [Read more...]

On Gardasil For Guys / Boys, Girls And The HPV Vaccine

Despite The Hamster Wheel's gentle mocking of the departed Hungry Beast show last night ("Vaginas, Robots, Vox Pops and Graphics?") - you have to admit that they were ahead of the bell-curve when it came to suggesting the HPV vaccine for men as well as women:That is the great Daniel 'Professor Funk' Keogh, local Perth science celebrity and the creator of the 'The Strange Power Of The Placebo Effect' video that I put onto the Token Skeptic podcast about a year ago(with many, many thanks!). … [Read more...]

Send The Secular Student Alliance Some Reddit And Facebook Love!

Okay, I'm going to make it very plain:So, there you go. Nyah.Seriously though, the Secular Student Alliance Facebook page got a TREMENDOUS amount of Reddit love (a popular social networking site) in a short space of time (about gone from 6.5k to over 13k in nine hours) and they'd appreciate the recognition and support from everyone out there - even if you're not currently a university/college student like I am, you can still zip in a click to the Facebook page or 'upvote' the Reddit link ( … [Read more...]

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – This Stephen Fry Walked Into Embiggen Bookshop…

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – Because I Just Got A Cat To The Vet And There Was Nothing Wrong Except For The Effort Of Getting A Cat To The Vet, So Here's Some Links To Recover From That Experience.Cat's okay, in case you were wondering. Just rather miffed that he got put into a box.Anyway. I was chatting to a friend on Google+ today (which considering my earlier grumbles about it's very existence with the post To Google + Or Not To Google +?, I'm fairly convinced that their chats are a deter … [Read more...]

Congratulations Sara Mayhew – Northern Arts Grant By The Ontario Arts Council!

When Sara Mayhew isn't appearing on Pharyngula's blog, giving a well-deserved smack-down to Deepak Chopra - she's lecturing on skepticism and manga at a few of those internationally renown conferences that appear here and there... and winning awards! The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has awarded Sara E. Mayhew a $10,000 grant for her series, Legend of the Ztarr, through their Northern Arts program. The Northern Arts program provides funding to emerging, mid-career and established individual artist … [Read more...]

The Future Of Skepticism (Melbourne SkeptiCamp Video)

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Vaccination Misinformation – AVN Seminars In Western Australia On NOT Vaccinating

Today is World Polio Day – 24th October 2011. Tomorrow, a notorious anti-vaccination group will be heading to my town.If you want to challenge anti-vaccination proponents - don't get mad. Get the facts out. There may very well be members of the public who are seeking information and may need some pointers, rather than Meryl Dorey and the AVN's misinformation.This was why I created the website called Australian Vaccination Network's Seminar on Vaccination: Making The Right Choice. This was a w … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – The Behind-The-Scenes At The Museum Ninja Edition

Monday Morning Muse - Because This Light-Headed Feeling Must Be Good For Something Other Than Looking at A Photo Of A Cat And Going Nyaaaaaaaaannnnnnn.But first, let us hail the ninja. Long live the ninja. The full report can be found on the website: http://improvintoronto.com.Thinks that got me thinging? Or something like that. My brain, it went pop:ALL HALLOW'S READ on All Hallow's Eve - the author Neil Gaiman has created a new tradition: give scary books out to kids on Halloween. I am … [Read more...]

Finally – Conclusive Evidence Of Bigfoot

I knew being a skeptic would pay off one day. The truth has finally been revealed. This is with big thanks to Alom Shaha: … [Read more...]

OCCUPY THE BOOKSTORE THIS THURSDAY! Secularism Talk In Melbourne

Wednesday Morning Links Of Love - Because If You Don't Know Then I Won't Tell More People And It Then Becomes Some Kind Of Inception-Style Vortex Of Missing Out On Cool Things.So, a comedian, a politician and a secular author walk into a bookstore...Firstly - this Thursday. 6-7.30pm at the Embiggen Bookstore, 97-203 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Email to RSVP at events (at) embiggenbooks (dot) com.If you're one of the people who have been keeping an eye on the Ron Williams high-court c … [Read more...]

SkeptiCamp Melbourne – This Saturday (And They Need A Hand!)

How to tell you're unwell? You interrogate everyone on Google + as to why they're following you, and become moved to tears when someone says 'I only follow teh awesum'. Then you have a bath for an hour... and forty-five minutes later, can't remember if you had a bath or not. I've accidentally let the cat outside and brought him in twice within ten minutes. In short, I am an absolute mess. :(But there's one thing I will remember to do correctly - give a shout-out to SkeptiCamp Melbourne. It's … [Read more...]


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