February 20, 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

February 18, 2012

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

February 18, 2012

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

February 17, 2012

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

February 16, 2012

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

February 16, 2012

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

February 14, 2012

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

February 14, 2012

Planet Earth: You need to get up and blog today, even though you said you wouldn’t be blogging for some time. Me: I don’t want to. I want to howl silently into this cushion for at least another month, stare at the pile of books I’m not reading, play Cut the Rope on my phone, scroll through the iPod that has exactly five songs with no bad associations because they’re either by Nina Simone or the sodding Spice Girls and wait until my University… Read more

February 13, 2012

Congratulations to Perth Atheists – around 50 people attended Darwin Day at the Perth Zoo on Sunday, 12th February. Our Fringe Show ‘Faraday’s candle’ explores the genius of Michael Faraday, the eminent scientist who saw beauty and wonder in the chemistry of a candle. Relive bygone times when great scientists presented in front of crowds at the Royal Institution. Join us for the show from 8 March http://riaus.org.au/programs-and-events/faradays-candle/ Read more

February 12, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo. Thanks, everyone who got in touch. Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award… Read more

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