The Cat Quiz (AKA Grading Philosophy Papers)

I'm not going to be blogging over the next few days, due to work.Instead, you have three hours (with ten minutes reading time) to complete the following, using a 2B pencil.1) Which of the following questions is NOT a suitable caption for this photo?A. I will steadfastly ignore you, unless you reach for the eraser, then I shall pounce on it. B. You cannot has exam papers. C. Food, or  hairballs on your marking guide. D. This is a helpful cat.2) As tea-cosy is to teapot, cat is to … [Read more...]

Books To Beat Your Baby By – The Right-Wing Biblical Approach To Raising A Child

I noticed Leslie Cannold and a few other skeptics that I follow on Twitter chatting about this (highly recommended Twitter-follow, for catching up on relevant links, ideas and issues that you might otherwise miss) - while at the same time I had open in front of me a petition on Change.org to request that Amazon.com not endorse certain books: Currently there are several books available to buy on Amazon (both .com and .co.uk) that advocate, endorse and advise on parenting methods that involve the … [Read more...]

From #NoOn26 Defeat (‘Personhood’ Amendment in Mississippi) To 40 Days Of Treats

A little oversight on my part (sorry! But it doesn't mean you need to stop supporting!) - but The Forty Days of Treats finished at the start of this week with a rather relevant reminder: Here’s [Twitter] links to all the organizations that I blogged about during these 40 days - BPAS (@Clare_BPAS) Marie Stopes (@MarieStopes) Education for Choice (@EdForChoice) FPA (@FPACharity) Abortion Rights  (@Abortion_Rights) Abortion Support Network (@AbortionSupport)  Antenatal Results and Choices (@ … [Read more...]

Stephen Fry Answers The ‘What Knowledge Did The Apple Bring’ Question

This is for Digital Cuttlefish, who is wildly busy and should NOT be online, but I'd like you to visit their blog so they can still feel loved. Horrid fishy thing that it is. Neener.To cheer Cuttle up - a nice little slice of Quora, the popular Q&A site: What precisely was the knowledge that God didn't want Adam & Eve to have? It must have been very threatening to God considering his reaction to the eating of the "forbidden fruit." Over the years I have seen many contradictory attempts … [Read more...]

Happy Carl Sagan Day!

I don't know whether the Obama administration meant to release a statement on denying a cover-up about alien life close to this day, but I quite like the quasi-synchronicity...10 years after the making of Cosmos - Carl Sagan reflects. … [Read more...]

#MenCallMeThings – The Feminist Twitter Revolution Continues

I honestly don’t have time to blog today. I’m either going to hide in a corner of the house with the grading/reporting I NEED to get done – either  that, or I’m going to go to the university library with a surreptitious cappuccino-intravenous drip and plow through all this work in one fiery hit of bristling virtue.Yeah, yeah. “You wish,” I know. I’ll stay offline for the next forty-eight hours though, until it’s done. Go check out the podcast, should be bloomin’ well uploaded by now. Better yet … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Mostly Mouse. And Marie Curie. AND MARIAN CALL!!

Monday Morning Muse - Because I Have To Have Somewhere To Post All These Photos.First of all - Marian Call interview out on the Token Skeptic podcast today! As soon as I've wrangled Libsyn to upload the audio, that is. So, expect that to be in about two hours. Once this cup of tea has kicked in. Here's some of the transcript: Kylie Sturgess:  For people who aren't familiar with your music, I try to find a way to describe it, and it's kind of a difficult style to pin down. Then you Tweeted … [Read more...]

Challenging ‘Psychic’ Sally Morgan – The Press Conference

From the Mersyside Skeptics blog:There's a number of videos they have featured on the site, click to check out all of them (including Professor Chris French, Michael Marshall and this introduction by Mike Hall and Simon Singh).As the site says: Note: Although it shouldn’t need to be pointed out, it’s worth clarifying that the Merseyside Skeptics Society don’t condone or support people publishing contact details for Sally, her office, her lawyers or anyone, nor do we support anyone sending h … [Read more...]

Additional Sunday Morning Survey – What’s Your #FeministWishList?

It started with Gia Milinovich on Twitter: Along with 'no more rape threats online' the following are a few little things from my #FeministWishList Add yours. Some of the highlights I've spotted include: #FeministWishList Please, don't try to speak for me, whether or not you feel I've made my point the way you would make it. - PenguinGalaxy (who has several great ones) #feministwishlist for people to understand that feminism helps men and boys too - TrishLowdt #FeministWishList Before writing my … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – Can The Catholic Church Ever Make Amends?

Sunday Morning Survey - Because I Went Out Last Night And Caught Up With Friends In Northbridge And I Really Need A Cup Of Tea While Writing A Blog-Post In Order To Wake Myself Up So I Can See The Family Later Today And Be Coherent To Remember Where Their House Is.Inspired by breaking news: Vatican stunned by Irish embassy closure VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Catholic Ireland's stunning decision to close its embassy to the Vatican is a huge blow to the Holy See's prestige and may be followed by oth … [Read more...]

Skeptical Kitteh!

Thanks to Clifford for the alert - you can check out more of  Richard Smith's Skeptical kitteh or Science kitteh designs at his official site and see more blogged-examples at Why Evolution Is True! … [Read more...]


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