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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today, I had duck pancakes – for the first time. And I have deleted what follows. I am loved, this I know. Thanks, Digital Cuttlefish. I’ll blog about a week from now – there’ll be a podcast out before then, that I’ll post. Nearly forgot: Darwin Day in Perth – tomorrow, Perth Zoo and it’s being run by the Perth Atheists. Alom Shaha’s “The Young Atheist’s Handbook” tour will be heading to Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra (and possibly Sydney)… Read more

When I announced the release of the most recent Token Skeptic podcast interview (here it is again: Episode One Hundred And Six – On Friends Of Science In Medicine – Interview With Dr Rob Morrison), I posted a picture of an internet poll that had about six or so hours to go before it closed. I didn’t urge anyone to vote on it, mind – just an observation that it was clearly tending towards a “No”. It clearly says: These polls… Read more

Thanks to Charlotte for this find! Read more

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