Are You A Skeptic / Atheist At A Perth University? Podcast, Open Days And Student Leadership Conference!

THREE THINGS YOU MUST KNOW, students of Perth (and indeed Australia and beyond)! Firstly – out tomorrow! I’m on the verge of releasing Token Skeptic Episode One Hundred and Nine – On FreeThinking Students: In 2010, Rhys Morgan made headlines across the UK for discovering a disturbing and hazardous “cure all” called Miracle Medical Solution, lent his name to a libel reform claim and investigated the claims of the Burzynski clinic. On Rhys’ blog, he wrote: “If you’re involved in the skeptical… Read more

Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No!

Damn – sorry – apparently only the preview can be shown? But head to the link to see the full lecture. Jesus, the Easter Bunny, and Other Delusions: Just Say No! from Philosophy News on Vimeo. This presentation was given by Dr. Peter Boghossian of Portland State University on January 27, 2012. In this talk, sponsored by The Freethinkers of Portland State University and published by philosophynews.com, Dr. Boghossian argues that faith-based processes are unreliable and unlikely to lead one… Read more

Henry And Aaron – IT’S A SNAP! – Advert For Perth Central Institute Of Technology (Possibly NSFW)

Okay – this is from my home town. Therefore, it COMES WITH A WARNING THAT IT IS GRAPHIC. So, maybe not safe for work, or stomach… Sorry if you’re reading this off RSS and got a odd link – I’ll post that later. Additional edit – a response to the advert from a USA viewer: (more…) Read more

Dystopia And Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale: 1986 – 2012

“OfFred was a normal everyday woman with a career, a name, a life like all women have come to expect and take for granted in this age. When the Religious Right came into power, they began to put into practice their insane beliefs which strip women of their identity, their rights, their body, their very name. Women are to be called Of (whatever asshat they belong to), instead of, say Beatrix. Reproduction is an issue because all the toxins in… Read more

Geoffrey Robertson Q.C – At The Global Atheist Convention #atheistcon

Geoffrey Robertson Q.C. is head of Doughty Street Chambers, the UK’s largest human rights practice, a Master of the Middle Temple, and serves as a ‘distinguished jurist member’ of the UN’s Justice Council. He was the first President of the the UN War Crimes Court in Sierra Leone, and has delivered ground-breaking judgements on the illegality of recruiting child soldiers and the invalidity of amnesties for crimes against humanity. He has argued many landmark civil liberties cases and has acted… Read more

Token Skeptic Interview – The Directors Of The New James Randi Documentary “An Honest Liar”

Now out on the Token Skeptic Podcast (with a transcript to follow!): Episode One Hundred And Eight – On James Randi’s An Honest Liar – Interview With Justin Weinstein And Tyler Measom. Also, don’t forget to check out the earlier transcripts of podcast episodes – available on the Curiouser and Curiouser column on the CSICOP website! An Honest Liar profiles the life of famed magician turned professional skeptic James “The Amazing” Randi as he embarks on a series of public crusades to… Read more

Risk Rage – Why Do Smart People Believe Dumb Things?

Risk Science Unplugged presents Risk Rage from UM Risk Science Center on Vimeo. Why do intelligent people sometimes believe dumb things? Science communicator Craig Cormick talks with Di Bowman about the social values that govern much public perception of risk, and how they affect the decisions people make. Read more

NOW OUT! CSICOP With The World Skeptics Congress In Berlin And Young Atheist’s Handbook On Token Skeptic

Two things I’ve made for you this sunny Thursday – please do check them out and support them both! Kylie Sturgess interviews Amardeo Sarma on World Skeptics Congress – Curiouser and Curiouser. World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, May 18–20th 2012: Promoting Science in an Age of Uncertainty –  www.csicop.org An interview with Amardeo Sarma, founder and chairman of the German Society for the Scientific Investigation of Para-Sciences (GWUP), chairman of the European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO), and fellow and Executive… Read more

Performer Vs Audience (And The Performing Brain At The British Library In March)

Me: I’m not getting out of bed today. Or tomorrow. Or tomorrow. Or tomorrow. Or the day after that. Planet Earth: Nonsense. You’re writing a blog-post, even if it’s nearly 1am – because people get concerned otherwise. AND here’s Simon Pegg Holding Some Twine. Things can’t be so bad. Plus, perspective – now you have it: By the way, catch the guitarist himself at the British Library on Friday, 16th March at 6.30pm: The performing Brain – A moving story. Milton will be speaking and  playing guitar… Read more

The Young Atheist’s Handbook – On Love

Expect the next Token Skeptic podcast episode very soon. Until then, a little spoiler: Lessons from The Young Atheist’s Handbook: Love. Read more

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