Sunday Morning Survey – ‘Can I Attend A Christening Without Being A Hypocrite?’

Sunday Morning Survey – Because, Let’s Face It, I’m Not Going To Be Doing Anything Else This Morning. This one was posed by the Guardian Newspaper and it struck me as fairly relevant to my life and perhaps to yours as well. My nephew and his fiancee have a baby son and I have been invited to attend the christening. But as a staunch atheist I find the whole idea of welcoming a baby into a religion repugnant; I would… Read more

Just For Laughs – UFO Prank

This is one of the things that my research looked into – the likelihood of UFOs having visited earth. Results? Not that much of a difference in comparison to international belief in aliens (for example, one survey reported a 15% belief in abduction by aliens out of a sample of 8000 in the UK, 1997). Hopefully if firm evidence of alien contact DOES happen on the side of the road, people don’t get the giggles at the poor clucking, crashed… Read more

“I Do” – Support Australian Marriage Equality

Two-hundred and fifty volunteers came together on a Sunday afternoon in Sydney Town Hall for Australian Marriage Equality. The aim was to create a “mega-mob” video to show the statistics in support of marriage equality – for all. Read more

Mr. Darcy by Marian Call

Why am I blogging about Marian Call? Well, her latest album, Something Fierce, is available on BandCamp. So, I’m popping in a plug for an artist that makes acoustically playing the typewriter a joy to listen to. Plus, she clearly knows her Jane Austen. If you haven’t heard her previous album Got To Fly, with songs inspired by Firefly and Battlestar Galactica (especially the track ‘I’ll Still be a Geek After Nobody Thinks it’s Chic (the Nerd Anthem)’, which I’ve seen live at Dragon*Con), then… Read more

Helping Skeptics Get To QEDCon

Just a little shout-out to another project by Hayley Stevens (another? Why yes, there’s Project Barnum – an interview with Hayley will be out on the TS podcast). This one is about funding to get people to the ‘Question, Explore, Discover’ science convention, running for its second year in 2012, from March 10-11th. She’s already managed to fundraise enough to get one fellow skeptic there, so she’s seeing if there’s more who can be helped. From Hayley Is A Ghost:… Read more

Ben Goldacre On Bad Science At TED

I’m mostly posting this because Dr Ben Goldacre is from my home town. That and anyone who manages to finish a Q&A at a skeptics’ convention with the words “I’d rather slam my cock in a door” deserves to win all the lobster he can carry. Read more

In The Beginning…

1. In the beginning… a) A strange blue dot appeared on the TV screen and I thought it was some new kind of QR Code. b) There was a massive pile of grading that resembled a Möbius strip of unending work. c) I was four sheets to the wind in Copenhagen d) A very dear friend of mine recommended me as a writer for FreeThought Blogs. 2. Which led me to think… a) I wonder why all the plants have… Read more

‘Dare To Think’ – Attending Philosophy In Schools Conference In Melbourne (2011)

Currently in Melbourne, attending a three-day conference: VAPS 2011 Conference ‘Dare to Think: Philosophy in Schools’. So far a highlight has been an opportunity to chat to Alan Saunders of ABC Radio National’s Philosopher’s Zone and discover that my podcasting equipment is better than his. :p The Friday night lecture by Dr Nurin Weise was excellent – she is the curator of several exhibitions at the Melbourne Museum, such as the Mind/Body exhibition and she had some fascinating insights as to what it… Read more

Tim Minchin’s Storm – Now Officially Featured Online

The official ‘nine minute beat’ poem – Storm. As authorised by Tim Minchin, nice and clear. :) Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, December 2008. As suggested by commentator (hello!) Gib – I am re-posting the ‘lyrics’ (or should that be verses? It is a poem, not a song…) from the post called ‘Lyrics To Tim Minchin’s Storm’. Here they are again, thanks to Angry Feet Forum, as kindly written out by Tim himself. Yes, I agree – having seen his… Read more

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