The Skeptical Somnambulist (On A Saturday Morning)

Urgh. Imagine having a lengthy dream about coordinating four cats to get to three different veterinary establishments, all before 9am, with two requiring their yearly vaccinations and taken back home; another needing to be dropped off for an overnight operation at another venue across town, and... then waking up at 5.40am in the kitchen looking for a cat-carrier before realising that you've started sleepwalking again.While I’m not the same league as the active sleeptalker known as 'Sleep Ta … [Read more...]

Encouraging Diseases For Your Kids – From Pox Parties To Bioterrorism Via Mail

Dear holy hades. They are apparently on Facebook, although the Facebook page I found (pictured) said that they were just about having kids attend parties and not about sending viruses through the mail. Mind, it's not difficult for people to start up 'private groups' on this [UPDATE - just found one. About 155 people signed on, some identities clearly visible]KPHO News, Phoenix: Doctors and medical experts are concerned about a new trend taking place on Facebook. Parents are trading live … [Read more...]

Sign The Delta Anti-Vaccination Flyer Petition

I fly internationally. I fly Delta. I care about people's health. I signed. Will you?National Vaccine Information Center's ad running on Delta flights discourages people from receiving the flu vaccine by downplaying the seriousness of the flu and instructing individuals to visit their "vaccine information" website.An ad by the NVIC earlier this year which pointed Times Square visitors to their website was condemned by the American Academy of Pediatrics as being harmful, unfounded, … [Read more...]

Simon Taylor Rocks Perth!

Just got home and I am tired. Mostly worn out from laughing. Excellent show, brilliant company - thanks very, very much to David Frank for getting us all organised to catch Simon Taylor's comedy gig in Perth!He's still doing shows over the next two nights and here's the details:4th Nov: Stand-up at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den, Brisbane Hotel, Perth 5th Nov: Stand-up at Comedy Lounge, The Charles Hotel, North PerthThe Book Club meetup for the Demon Haunted World is on Friday, November 4, 2011, … [Read more...]

Jon Ronson Gets His Own ‘Friday’ Song

Jon Ronson visits a man named Patrice Wilson who was responsible for the YouTube music hit 'Friday' by Rebecca Black. The video achieved over 200m views, and he believes he can do it again. Jon Ronson is treated to a track made by Patrice Wilson just for him. … [Read more...]

The End Of Philosophy Classes (An Incidental Lesson On John Edward)

NOTE - Simon Taylor is NOW in Perth! Check out details of his comedy tour here - he'll be catching up with the Perth Atheists and Skeptics tomorrow! One of the many small surprises of the recession has been a significant growth in the number of philosophy majors, according the the Philadelphia Inquirer. It has slightly exceeded the growth of enrolments in the last ten years; many other humanities and social science fields have just kept up. At the University of California at Berkeley, despite or … [Read more...]

The One Show On Spiritualism – With Professors Richard Wiseman And Chris French

Thanks to the The Psychology of the Paranormal E-mail Network - you can subscribe here! … [Read more...]

Well, This Scared The Hell Out Of Me – Dawn Of The Ted

Yes, viewer discretion advised. It's funny, but gory. Happy end of Halloween to you all. … [Read more...]

Too-Many Cool Links Tuesday

I guess this might make up for the too-few links yesterday? Thanks to Gold for the 'In case of...' picture.Firstly, a little update on the rejected Halloween Challenge of Sally Morgan - as other blogs noted, it wasn't likely to be accepted and wasn't accepted in the end (as Sally Morgan's lawyers indicated): The US paranormal investigator James Randi backed the experiment, which qualified as a first step towards a million-dollar prize established by the James Randi Educational Foundation for an … [Read more...]

Monday Evening Muse – I Blame Halloween…

I usually post this in the morning! Sorry to everyone - here's some fun links for this All Hallow's Eve.Firstly - go in to win! Creative cats required! Email your pussycat poem to the Faster Pussycat Production site (or use the contact form). You will be rewarded for your creativity with one their ultra-special, world-famous Smoggy Calendars.I can't help posting this one - this is Pepper, who I sponsored. She wishes you a happy Halloween too! You can support Catherine Donaldson's kittens by … [Read more...]

On Sally Morgan And The Issues With Testing Psychic Claimants (Are There Any?)

One of the unfortunate side-effects of Twitter is that you can get short, sharp, terse-sounding and inappropriate comments that are intended to be anything but. I'm certain Tim Minchin could talk about that quite easily, for example.This doesn't mean that the occasional intentional passive-aggressive statement is completely absent, which (as I'm certain we all know) can also be par for the course with online interactions. They tend to just exacerbate what could be, at its core, a simple mis … [Read more...]


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