Thank You, World Skeptics Congress, Berlin! #6WSC12

It's all over! I'll have a very tiny podcast episode out soonish, which is just a mixture of interviews and fun from the event. Thank you again, all the organisers, behind-the-scenes crew, fellow presenters and the fabulous people in the audience and all the support you gave. It really made the event unmissable and unbeatable. Simon Perry on Fishbarrel: Ray Hyman, James Randi and Massimo Polidoro: The wonderful Josie, who has been a gem (and not just because that's her field!): If you want … [Read more...]

James Randi At The World Skeptics Congress And Women, Media And Science #6WSC12

It's a Sunday morning and everyone is on the edge of their seats, to hear Massimo Polidoro interview James Randi. We're hearing stories about the Alpha Kids, Philippine faith-healers, Peter Popoff, how his asteroid is larger than Arthur C. Clarke's (although more recently named - thanks for the correction, Rolak!), the intersection of science and magic... ...and how a matchbox didn't fool him: New podcast episode out at the Token Skeptic, one that I conducted a while back - Episode One … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Best-Of And On Education And Pseudoscience At The JREF’s Swift! #6WSC12

I wrote the blogpost for the latest Token Skeptic podcast - my second "Best Of" compilation... and accidentally set it to be auto-timed to appear in the middle of the conference, before I had a chance to upload it. Whoops. HOWEVER! It's now finally out at Episode One Hundred And Twenty – On Token Skepticism – The Best Of (Yet Again) and it features clips from interviews I've done over the +120 shows I've created: On Tribal Science – With Michael McRae On Sexism, Skepticism And … [Read more...]

Safe, Happy In Berlin (Rather Cold Though!) #6WSC12

Just a quick (quick!) note - I have arrived in Berlin for the World Skeptics Congress and I'm still kind of getting over jet-lag. Because there's no wifi at the conference hotel (I think?) I'm restricted with blogging, et al, but I'll try when I can. This also means I'll be turning off comments on the site, as I can't moderate anything easily and have no time/access to interact (it seems fairer that way). I think it will also help me focus on the work I'll be doing here, as I'm doing a … [Read more...]

Video Of The Global Atheist Convention – By AskEgg

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Thanks American Airlines – Anti-Vaccination Message Shot Out Of The Skies

In case you missed it on other blogs and news updates (such as the ever-dedicated Doubtful News) - a little while back, I got an alert: American Airlines have acquiesced to a 3 1/2 min AVN interview on the in-flight "Executive Report". The audio will play on 58,000 American Airline flights between July and August and the "interview" will feature in the American Way in-flight magazine. This resulted in a 2000+ signed petition (they nearly got to the goal of 2500!) over on Change.org, called … [Read more...]

I Kind Of Got Kidnapped By Richard Dawkins And Ayaan Hirsi Ali At The Global Atheist Convention

I have a problem saying "No" to people. Especially if the people I'm saying "No" to are persistent, taller, famous and I can't fire off a good reason to tell them to stay put. A good reason, like "But the bodyguards think that you're staying backstage here, and there's no backstage crew near for me to tell them what you're now going down the hallway without me unless I show you the way aren't you... ...oh dear holy hades, okay, it's this way..." ***** Backstage. The Global Atheist … [Read more...]

An Unconventional Global Atheist Convention Round-Up – Wednesday To Thursday #AtheistCon

New Token Skeptic Podcast out tomorrow morning - Episode #115 - On Myths And Makeup - Pseudoscience And Cosmetics! I'll have a link to a partial transcript of the show, some time in the future. Firstly, my apologies for this being a little late with the first half of an overview, but there was so much to write and I ended up thinking that photographs and links might give a better idea of my experiences over this rather long weekend. There's plenty of other blogs that have done comprehensive … [Read more...]

Global Atheist Convention – Tribute To Christopher Hitchens Video

More on the convention later. Enjoy (and try not to burst into tears like I did when I saw it on the big screen). … [Read more...]

The Unconventional Convention Sunday Morning At #AtheistCon

Just a few photos of lovely things that I don't want to forget: The Sunday morning crowd, ready to go with Eugenie Scott's talk. Organisers getting ready for the day. T-shirts for sale at the GAC. My friends Alistair and Belinda, working hard at the tables. … [Read more...]

An Unconventional Friday And Saturday Convention Post #AtheistCon

I'm backstage at the moment (finally got myself wifi), and Daniel Dennett is nearby, digging though his bag to find his phone. He is not a Twitter-user and doesn't seem enthused about the prospect of Twitter at all. "What do people do with it?" I've shown him that it's kind of like a bulletin-board, with updates in real time, jokes, banter, debates and news... but he's a little baffled as to the appeal. I doubt he'll be nattering to Leslie Cannold online any time soon. AC Grayling is on the TV … [Read more...]


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