Firstly, another thought-provoking post by Daniel Loxton on Skeptic Blogs – “Russell’s Hedgehogs and Hirst’s Shark”: This straightforward advice—try not to take people’s word for stuff, especially when we’re promoting a position in public—is a core skeptical concept. It underpins all of skeptical scholarship, for responsible skeptical outreach demands the due diligence exercise of checking everything twice. Someone says they saw something? Maybe they did, and maybe they didn’t. We ought to try to find out. Someone says they know something? Well, maybe they do—and... Read more
Okay, sure – it may be just a little announcement, but it’s all mine to give to you: Science for Skeptics has been running for about three years on a Friday evening on the citywidelpfm.org 99.1FM in Wisconsin, featuring great audio from Skeptically Speaking, Rationally Speaking, Books and Ideas, Skeptoid and many others. They’ve asked to feature the occasional episode of the Token Skeptic podcast! The very first episode will be out on the 10th February, featuring Julia Lavarnway, Susan Gerbic and Desiree... Read more
I don’t know about you, but this cheered the heck out of me. You might like it too. More blogging tomorrow, after I’ve gone out and seen Chronicle (I don’t know why I have the sudden urge to see it)… and the guy with the beard looks kind of familiar.
I have a story about this gig. This was the best fun I’ve ever had introducing someone to the stage. I don’t think that Jamie actually thought that there was going to be someone doing the intro for him and he peeked out from the curtains, sending the audience into giggles. I realised that I was holding him up with every second, and I RAN from the stage so he could start. You can just see me fleeing the scene... Read more
Thanks, Jack. Mind, it’s “Kingsmill“, not “Kingsmil” as it says around the 3min mark.
I’m in the final stages of writing the book of the Token Skeptic podcast – so here’s an interview from the archives that you might enjoy. I interviewed Julian Morrow of the Chaser, who featured at the Saturday night dinner at the Global Atheist convention in 2010. Don’t forget that the tickets for the dinner (and the event itself) for the Global Atheist Convention in 2012 are selling fast, so if you want to be a part, do head to the site. The... Read more
Damn, and to think all this time I just puzzle it out before checking the manual… Clever packaging: Out of the box from Vitamins on Vimeo.
It’s all happening world-wide on the 12th February – in fact, there’s two events on the go in my town! With many thanks to the Perth Atheists, there’s a celebration of Darwin’s 203rd Birthday at the Perth Zoo: Join us this Darwin Day in celebration of Charles Darwin’s 203rd birthday. We have some fascinating talks from experienced public speakers and a tour of the zoo lined up. Lunch at 1 o’clock followed by some talks at approximately 3pm – friends,... Read more
Well, I’m on Pinterest. And according to TimesFreePress.com: Watch out, Facebook; you’ve got new competition. According to money.cnn.com, social-media site Pinterest.com is now driving more referral traffic on the Web than Google+, YouTube, Reddit and LinkedIn combined. Started in 2009, the website is a virtual bulletin board where users display and share photos on subjects ranging from do-it-yourself crafts to food dishes to art. Well, ground-breaking as it might be (hey, didn’t we use Tumblr the same way?) – I’m just using it... Read more
Like… well, like everyone else on the planet outside of the grand ol’ USA… I don’t care much about the American Football thing. Which, as a graduate of Notre Dame, might get some of the USC Trojans out there not giving much of a damn either. From Timesleader.com – Puppy Bowl scores big as alternative TV: The Puppy Bowl is a two-hour display of puppies frolicking, scampering and even napping. They run up and down the miniature Animal Planet Stadium, which... Read more