I could do a very, VERY long blog-post about everything I’ve been doing in January. But to be brutally frank, the contents of my bag (which I’ve just tipped out over the table, in order to find my phone) says it all – et voilà: Firstly, lower right corner – two books that I’ve been carrying around. The first is Graffiti and Street Art by Anna Waclawek, which I used as a source of inspiration during a gifted and talented Community… Read more

Thanks to Mike McRae for this find – link to the original post. Edit – Version 2.0. Read more

Beautiful Day at the Dog Park from Kelsey Wynns on Vimeo. Read more

This one’s for Sara Mayhew, to keep her spirits up. Read more

There’s been a recent spate of blogposts here on Freethought blogs (some in verse, by The Digital Cuttlefish – The Grandest One Of All and An Atheist Monument? Or, On Herding Cats), which address the claim that Alain de Botton has been proposing an “atheist monument” or “temples for atheists”. Today I got a response to my questions to the author – he will be touring Australia in February: There’s a growing number of books that bring a greater understanding (or at least… Read more

In response to Margaret Court’s earlier op-ed – Don’t deny us same-sex marriage laws, says Martina Navratilova:  …People (the straight ones) often ask: Why are people gay? I say, well, why are people straight? There is no straight answer here, so to speak. Human sexuality is multi-faceted, complex and quite fluid; genes play a part as well. How much? Who knows? But that’s not really the point anyway. Perhaps of the many things you said in your opposition to granting same-sex… Read more

Now you’ve seen it? Go download the latest Token Skeptic podcast interview with Derek Muller, all about the methodology behind Veritasium science videos. Read more

Moderated by Derek Colanduo – features JREF’s D.J. Grothe, NCSE executive director Eugenie Scott, Margaret Downey of The Freethought Society, and Barbara Drescher. It focuses on the “definition of skepticism as well as the missions and scopes of the organisations promoting skepticism, secularism, and atheism” – which is taken from Barbara’s review of the entire convention which features over at Skeptrack at Dragon*Con 2011. (more…) Read more

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You’ve noticed every skeptical podcast is talking about climate change denialism? Here’s something a little different: Episode One Hundred And Two – On Skeptical Science With The Debunking Handbook And NCSE. Stephan Lewandowsky is a Winthrop Professor and an Australian Professorial Fellow at the University of Western Australia. He is the co-author of the The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download at the Skeptical Science website. During our discussion, Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscure the Truth about Climate Change by Naomi Oreskes… Read more

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