To Google + Or Not To Google +?

Okay - bear with me with this one, as it's certainly dismissible as 'Well, nice to have problems of only this magnitude, sheesh...'.But do you feel the same? Is it possibly just 'a female thing', as posed by Phil Plait in a quote that follows this? Social networking is useful for getting in touch with other secular and skeptic people. I can't tell on G+ whether all the people adding me are those kinds of people. Some people I know are definitely secular/skeptical, but I don't know them well en … [Read more...]

I Found This Oddly Cheering…

Thanks, K.O. And Exploding Dog! :) … [Read more...]

Must-Reads That I’m Reading – Separating Skepticism From Values, A Guide To Conspiracies (And Unicorns!)

New Podcast Out! On Forty Days Of Treats - Interview With Liz LutgendorffI'll see about making this a fortnightly blog-post, although during the school holidays I have a little more time for reading than usual. So, here's a magazine, a blog-post, a book for research and a book for the fun of it. I'll make this a regular feature in the future and feel free to put in your own recommendations in the comments!Magazine -  Skeptic Magazine, Vol. 16. Number 4. I just got this in the mail ye … [Read more...]

Congratulations Matt Parker – 2011 Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement

Matt Parker - an awesome Australian! We met briefly at QEDCon in February and again when he visited Perth to catch up with family before heading to more comedy shows in Melbourne. Lovely, lovely person and absolutely fantastically smart and funny. He even got an award for it!Here he is with hanging out in a bookshop in Leederville with another friend of mine, science communicator Daniel 'Professor Funk of the Placebo Effect Video' Keogh (and they're posing with a book written by another s … [Read more...]

I Get Electrocuted – FOR SCIENCE! All-Ages Physics Show At Dragon*Con

One of the fun things that happened at Dragon*Con this year - the physics show for kids! This is with huge thanks to Matt Lowry and Dr Pamela Gay (of Astronomy Cast fame) - amazing scientists, educators and downright awesome people for putting on this all-ages show during the Labor Day long weekend.I didn't know this was being recorded. Which is why you can see me, with my long hair out, wearing my skull-print headband - going OOOH! at 31.20 min!As Matt writes: This is the footage from the ph … [Read more...]

International Cephalopod Awareness Days – Digital Cuttlefish And Noadi’s Art #cephalopod

UPDATE - sobering news from 'Cuttlefish Country' in the comments - appears the desalination plant has been approved in SA. Keep in touch with their site for updates.It's International Cephalopod Awareness Days! I encourage you to do something to celebrate these days, which happen to be:October 8 – Octopus Day, for all the eight-armed species October 9 – Nautilus Night, a time for all the lesser-known extant cephalopods October 10 – Squid Day/Cuttlefish Day, or Squittleday, covering the t … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Great Skeptical Books For Kids

Monday Morning Muse - Because Cute Can Be Creative Too.Apparently the best Halloween costume of all time? Pup even has his own Facebook page.Many of you would have read the blogpost on the recent talk at the Texas Freethought Convention in Houston by Christopher Hitchens, where he was asked a question by a young member of the audience:Though he was asked a variety of questions from the audience, none appeared to elicit more interest than the one asked by eight-year-old Mason Crumpacker, … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic – These Are The Ways The World Will End – Dragon*Con 2011

From a global pandemic to the Hadron super-collider... have some fun as our panel rips into the latest world-enders and answers your questions about why we are probably safe (for now).Yes, that is Dr Phil 'Bad Astronomer' Plait, demonstrating meteor impact with a mintie that I gave him. Episode Eight-One of the Token Skeptic podcast, which (Libsyn willing...) will be out later today is with many, many, MANY thanks to the Skeptrack - Derek Colanduno of Skepticality.com and Mark Ditzler at Abr … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – ‘Impose Atheism Or Let Children Make Their Own Choice?’

Sunday Morning Survey – Because Anything That Gets My Brain Moving Again After Conducting A Podcast Interview At 12am After Doing A Shift At A Science Museum Is Technically A Good Thing.This, of course, stems from a debate that started up on the fabulous AFA forum-board about the TV show Dexter and this clip from the first episode of the new series.Mind, the brief debate actually revolved around 'Is it wrong to want to shag a serial killer?' after watching this clip, but I'd like to keep th … [Read more...]

Respectful Insolence on Steve Jobs And Alt Med

Steve Jobs, neuroendocrine tumors, and alternative medicine. Orac, a clinical oncologist posts his views regarding claims that Steve Jobs shortened his life by initially delaying cancer treatment for nine months in order to pursue an alternative diet-based approach: Jobs was unfortunate in that he appears to have had an unusually aggressive form of the disease that probably would have killed him no matter what. That's not to say that we shouldn't take into account his delay in treatment and … [Read more...]

The Scope Of Skepticism Teaser – Interview With ‘Miracle Detective’ Dr Indre Viskontas

I'm heading into the final proofs and formatting of an anthology I've been working on for a while, featuring transcripts from the Token Skeptic podcast. This segment is from Episode Sixty-Nine, On Miracle Detectives – Interview With Dr Indre Viskontas; head there to listen to the entire interview.The reason why I'm transcribing select interviews for my book is two-fold: firstly, I've always enjoyed reading as well as listening to interviews in general. The book 'Lunch of Blood' by Antonella Gam … [Read more...]


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