I once liked this song, then avoided it – now I think I like it again: Captain Picard, Geordi LaForge and Data get down to Beyonce’s Single Ladies in this stop motion dance video. Read more

Edit to add photo – credit to @thewetmale …the world doesn’t seem such a bad place to be in. At least not today. Operation Nutcracker Media Release. While unhappy that Ms Dorey will still be speaking at Woodford, the Stop the AVN Facebook group, a loose-knit consortium of concerned citizens, scientists,  doctors and nurses, decided to use a little humour in order to have ‘the last word’. The group has hired an aircraft to fly over the Woodford Folk Festival… Read more

From The Demon Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark, the chapter called The Marriage of Skepticism and Wonder (admission – I was looking over the chapter called House on Fire, late last night, in preparation for a talk I’m going to be giving in the future. I don’t sleep very well during the summer and doing something productive passes the time): In every such society, there is a cherished world of myth and metaphor, which co-exists with… Read more

MELBOURNE NINJAGIG ACTION ACTIVATE! Neil Gaiman & i are going to read/play/love TODAY at 4:30pm at city library…they HAVE A PIANO. best. library. ever. it’s free to all…bring babies, muffins, ukes…and spread the word!!! it’s located at 253 flinders lane – get directions at http://bit.ly/CLMmap and get your asses down there… According to my clock, it’s 1.30pm there now… Read more

Brilliant, brilliant stuff. Enjoy! There’ll be more appearing on UK Television and online (iPlayer and YouTube). The Christmas Lectures are a traditional are lectures for 11 – 17yr-olds and therefore very accessible viewing: The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are a series of lectures on a single topic, which have been held at the Royal Institution in London each year since 1825. The lectures present scientific subjects to a general audience, including young people, in an informative and entertaining manner. Michael Faraday initiated the first Christmas Lecture… Read more

Infographic from Vaccines.com – The Odds A Child Will… I’m honestly not so sure that they do. Make that much of a difference, I mean. I honestly don’t think skeptics make that much of a difference when things like the National Vaccine Information Center’s ad running on the ABC Full Circle Screen in Times Square are scheduled and paid for (apparently timed to happen during New Year’s Eve celebrations, when television broadcasting occurs?) Simply because I’m starting to doubt that we have… Read more

The Psuedo-Scientists have just released episode #35 – and it features an interview with Shelley Segal, conducted by Jack Scanlan. Shelley has also updated her JJJ page – with some news! There’s two new songs from ‘An Atheist Album’ and a never-before released pop/rock track available for free download. Over the last few years, Shelley has become involved in the secular movement and it is a cause that she sees as indispensable. In response to her views, this year Shelley has… Read more

Episode Ninety-Seven – Skeptical Activism 201: The Skeptics Strike Back over at the Token Skeptic podcast: From challenging anti-vax groups and homeopathy, to consumer awareness raising. What can skeptics do and how to get it right, by doing some research. Moderated by Desiree Schell, panelists DJ Grothe of the JREF, Debbie Goddard, Maria Walters, Brian Brushwood and Kylie Sturgess. By the way – Massimo Pigliucci has just produced a blog-entry called “The goals of atheist activism” that I think is highly relevant and well worth reading, particularly… Read more

You people are weird. Just want to put it out there. Again. But I love you. Here’s some of the more intriguing search terms that led you to check out my humble little blog: Lots and lots of searches for the blogpost I did on the 18th December about singing hedgehogs. Although spelling it as “hedgeshogs” or “singin” was fairly regular. Maybe you’re mostly American and not familiar with hedgehogs. Or expect them to be singing with an accent. my little… Read more

Another fantastic announcement for the Global Atheist Convention, happening in April next year (get your tickets!). Shelley Segal will be performing at the Saturday night dinner. Initially having been brought up as a Jew, Shelley rejected her religion and became an atheist at eighteen. Over the last few years, Shelley has become involved in the secular movement and it is a cause that she sees as indispensable. In response to her views, this year Shelley has recorded and released, ‘An Atheist… Read more

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