Down In Front, Kittens (And Other Things That Are More Positive Than Atheist In-Fighting)

Look, just skip to the end of this blog-post and check out the cute kitten video, if you like.Perhaps it's that time of the year, but I'm rather fed up with online debates and fights and name-calling and nasty behaviour, particularly amongst people who have ideological similarities and common goals (not pointing out anyone in particular, just a general observation) - and I'm just going to post this instead and head out tonight to the cinemas and enjoy myself instead. Nyah.What are some of … [Read more...]

Educate Kids – And Give Them Santa, Easter Bunny – And Religion?

Get over to the Swift site and read one of the most thought-provoking posts you'll read this holiday season (and debate your point of view in the comments!) An Argument for Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and (gasp!) Even Jesus by Barbara Drescher. ...Asking a child to learn critical thinking when you only provide accurate information is like asking them to learn to sort socks when all of the socks are the same. How can you tell the good information from the bad if all you’re ever exp … [Read more...]

The Something Fierce Scholarship Fund

Dear everyone: I think it's time to try something a little crazy. If you can't afford to buy Something Fierce right now, I've set up a sort of "scholarship" fund.Some donors have put in funds to get copies to folks who don't have a budget for music right now. I like experimenting. Help make this work! Apply for an album if you want one! Or you can fund an album for a stranger if you like. This is from Marian Call, whose interview recently featured on We Are SkeptiXX, and whose site you can … [Read more...]

It’s Nice To Be Appreciated – New Podcasting Equipment!

First - some news. Perth SkeptiCamp is now officially in the works, and it is being run by the UWA Atheists and Skeptics Society (which I'm a supporter of, since I'm not a university student there anymore; I hope to help with some small way with the event regardless).Speaking of donations - I got a donation via Paypal. A rather significant amount, or at least it was significantly larger than anyone has donated to the podcast ever before. I'm very, very grateful for it and for the other … [Read more...]

Simon Singh at QEDCon 2011

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Mr Deity At The #AtheistCon (With Bonus Conspiracy-Nuttery With Stephen Colbert)

That is all.No, really, that's all.Mr Deity. Melbourne, 2012 at the Global Atheist convention. Get your tickets, DAMN fast.Oh, alright, here's a segment on The Colbert Report entitled "Mysteries Of The Ancient Unknown: 2012 End Of Times", and I went to Denver Airport and I didn't see ANY evidence of conspiracy theories that seemed viable AT ALL.Gah. Embedding disabled. Go click here.AH HA! Thanks to Doubtful Blog for making it work!Never mind. We still have Mr Deity at the Global … [Read more...]

Attenborough Does A Shatner With ‘A Wonderful World’

Now that I have your attention...HA! And you thought that it'd all be lovely British accents, didn't you? Well, there's quite a lot of UK accents in the following - you should go check out these links too:The UK PodDelusion podcast features a little interview I conducted with author and science communicator Michael McRae. His book, Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs and Bad Ideas is published by both Uni Queensland Press and (very soon) Prometheus Books in the USA. How do you define science? … [Read more...]

A Year In New York

Part of the November Break Series – November 30th. I’ll be back on December 5th.Hang on. I'm back already. As you were.A Year in New York from Andrew Clancy on Vimeo.This is for Digital Cuttlefish! :) … [Read more...]

Meet The Lampyridae – From Fireflies To Superbugs

From the NZ ScienceBlogs, Infectious Thoughts: I’ve spent the last few months working with a fantastic Australian animator, Luke Harris, and his team to tell the story of what I do and why in under 3 minutes. So if you want to find out a little more about the amazing beetle that is the firefly and how it is helping scientists battle against some of the world’s nastiest microbes then take a look. … [Read more...]

Skeptics, Conspiracy Theories And ‘Spacecraft’ Spotted Near Mercury!

New Token Skeptic podcast out! Many, many thanks to Derek Colanduno of Skepticality.com and Mark Ditzler at Abrupt Media for providing the audio, which was recorded at Dragon*Con. Episode Ninety-Two – On The Truth About Conspiracy Theories – Dragon*Con 2011 Panel “The stories spawned by conspiracy theorists are as numerous and varied as they are improbably. This panel will explore many of these stories and the people telling them.” Robert Blaskiewicz is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at … [Read more...]

Australian Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt Funds Primary Connection Science Program

A friend of mine works for this group! Well done Brian Schmidt! NOBEL laureate Brian Schmidt will use $100,000 of his prize money for a primary school science program the federal government has stopped funding. Professor Schmidt, in Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize for Physics he and collaborator Adam Riess won jointly with Saul Perlmutter, has told The Australian his plans for his quarter-share of the $1.45 million winnings.. He will sign over $100,000 to the Australian Academy of Sciences … [Read more...]


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