’tis the awesome. ArcAttack performs a Tesla Coil version of Iron Man by Black Sabbath with a Faraday Guitar. Thanks to Joel Dawson for this find. Read more

I have two podcast episodes out recently, both of which tackle the ever-relevant topic of education – one of them I live-blogged at the time (as it was a lecture, after all!). Episode One Hundred And Five – On Teaching Skepticism With Science – With Alison Campbell At The NZ Skeptics Conference: I’ve included the notes and relevant links to the papers she mentions here. If you’re following along with the audio, please note that I was typing furiously and there… Read more

The 62-year-old Sigourney Weaver said in an interview with The Associated Press that she probably doesn’t believe in “fairies and ghosts.” But the star of the first four “Alien” films says she believes people have souls and that there’s more to life than what can be explained by science. “Red Lights” features Weaver as a skeptic whose life’s work is debunking phony claims of the paranormal. The film from writer-director Rodrigo Cortes co-stars Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen…. Read more

Thanks to Jim WW Smith for this find (click on cat to see the whole gallery): Read more

Here’s my skeptical reading list! It’s even available on a Token Skeptic shirt! This is with many thanks to Catherine, of Faster Pussycat Productions. The last time I caught up with Warren of Embiggen Books in Melbourne for a podcast, we ended up doing a tremendous discussion on Great Books In Skepticism – Podblack’s Book Club With Embiggen Books, with the following recommendations: Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs and Bad… Read more

I was quite concerned at the claims I found there about illnesses and conditions that this group seemed to be promoting as healable through prayer. At the same time I became conflicted about what to do next because I knew that no matter what I did, I would be accused by people of being anti-religious. However, as time passed I saw the group at work again, and I also became aware of their Youtube videos in which even more claims… Read more

From NPR: Komen Foundation Now Says It Will Continue Grants To Planned Parenthood: The Susan G. Komen Foundation just announced it will be providing grants to Planned Parenthood for that organization to use in basic screening and educating women about breast cancer. …In the statement from CEO Nancy Brinker, Komen also says “we want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.” Thanks to Ben Radford and Julia Lavarnway for the… Read more

The last update was here – and here’s more details about an event being run in conjunction with Embiggen Books! Alom Shaha: The Young Atheists Handbook – In conversation with John Safran. The Wheeler Centre, 6:15PM – 7:15PM, Monday, 27 February 2012. Alom Shaha is a British–Bangladeshi film-maker, science writer and unabashed atheist. In The Young Atheist’s Handbook, he argues that regardless of the strictness of the traditions you are raised in, it’s possible to live a compassionate, fulfilling, and… Read more

While I generally don’t get too involved with US politics, et al, this has been a predominant news item, popping up in the feeds of a number of people I follow online. Credit for finding the illustration, for example (by Liana Maris) goes to Lousy Canuck. Leslie Cannold (of http://www.cannold.com, author of The Book of Rachael and soon to be speaking at the Global Atheist Convention in April) provided that link to the NY Times article: When the nation’s largest… Read more

I have a great love for movies about superpowers… so I’ll more than likely see this film. From Yahoo News: What looked to be three people were spotted flying around the skies of lower Manhattan last Friday, causing a lot of double-takes and dropped jaws from onlookers. But while it appeared to be a sight straight out of a comic book, it was actually a clever bit of viral marketing for this week’s upcoming film “Chronicle.” Those aren’t people in… Read more

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