On Examination Superstitions

Although it is time for seasonal cheer, beer, what have you – the end of our school year for us in the southern hemisphere includes a fresh batch of abandoned lucky charms to clean out of my classroom.It’s a part of what I study – superstitions. Being superstitious is a world-wide phenomenon. Many of us may have been like one of my students, going in for their exam and carrying with the pencils a cute little item or toy (as famously demonstrated by Mr Bean in this popular episode), wear a certa … [Read more...]

Cheerful Links (Anniversary)

Today, I need cheering up. This does come with a bit of a content warning (medieval-style violence, bit of NSFW shouting):I don't know if this cheers me up or makes me sad that I can't tell someone about it. This is the Australian peacock spider: … [Read more...]

Burszynski Clinic And Rhys Morgan Hit World News – Guardian

See the whole article on The Guardian, here:  The schoolboy blogger who took on a US clinic: Rhys Morgan, a 17-year-old Welsh schoolboy, faced down a Texan medical clinic and won after blogging about its unproven treatments It turns out there is little more uplifting than the sight of a dubious Texas medical clinic tangling with a Welsh schoolboy and coming off worse. The spectacle played out when the Burszynski clinic in Houston – which charges people who are dying from cancer hundreds of thous … [Read more...]

Sexism, Skepticism and Civility Online Transcript – Now Out On CSICOP

On Codes of Conduct, Part II - Sexism, Skepticism and Civility Online: An Interview with Jennifer Ouellette, now out on the CSICOP website!It is a transcript of some of the interview I conducted for the Token Skeptic podcast three-part interview show, Episode 88 "On Codes Of Conduct Part II – Sexism, Skepticism And Civility Online". Here's a small section of it: In one of those bemusing cases of synchronicity, on the same day that CSICOP originally published "On Codes of Conduct" in my Curi … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic With Sharon Hill Of Doubtful Newsblog

Now out on the Token Skeptic podcast.Sharon Hill is a geologist and author of the Doubtful blog about science and pseudoscience aimed at the public. She explores the intersection of science and public understanding as a student in the Science and the Public Ed.M. graduate program at the State University of New York at Buffalo (a joint initiative with the Center For Inquiry). More recently she has started the Doubtful Newsblog, which is rapidly becoming the must-subscribe site for all skeptics … [Read more...]

Eddie Izzard On Religion, Science And Atheism

I got to see this show when he was touring Australia and I was very glad I did!H/t to The Crommunist. … [Read more...]

Stephen Colbert Interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson

This happens to be filmed at Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey, the school that George Hrab graduated from [/trivia].From I09: The traffic generated by the posting of the interview took its toll on the Hayden Planetarium's servers, so the video featured here is streaming from YouTube — but be sure to show the HP some love. … [Read more...]

Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow Weighs In On Burzynski Clinic’s Marc Stephens

Representative from Burzynski Clinic sends aggressive legal threats to skeptics who question "antineoplaston" cancer therapy: ...Whether or not Mr Stephens is a lawyer, his responses to several skeptics who questioned his "client"'s science are not, in my opinion, in keeping with good science or good public policy. The world of science has no room for angry threats when a claim is put forward. The scientific method demands that skepticism be rebutted with proof, not threats. On seeing this, I am … [Read more...]

Australian Imprisoned On Scientology Ship Freewinds

Valeska Paris tells Cannane that she joined Scientology's hardcore Sea Organization -- signing its standard billion-year contract -- at only 14 years of age. Three years later, after her father committed suicide and her mother denounced Scientology on French television, Paris was ordered to "disconnect" from her family. She says that church leader David Miscavige then enforced that disconnection by having her put on the cruise ship, the Freewinds, that sails the Caribbean and caters to … [Read more...]

Won’t Shut Up About #Burzynski? Photograph A TEENAGER’S HOUSE To Silence Them

A summary of the Burzynski's efforts to censor bloggers is here - On The Burzynski Clinic Issuing Legal Threats Against Bloggers – Support The Streisand Effect.From Rhys Morgan's Blog - 'Threats From The Burzynski Clinic': Rhys,This is my THIRD AND FINAL WARNING to you.Please convey this message to your entire Skeptic Network, which includes but not limited to, Ratbags.com, thetwentyfirstfloor, quackwatch, etc. I represent Dr. Burzynski, the Burzynski Clinic, and the Burzynski Research Ins … [Read more...]

Schrödinger’s Cat – 60-Second Adventures in Thought

Blog Break - Back on Dec. 5th.Thanks to Laura. … [Read more...]


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