More Token Skeptic Podcast! #179: Skeptical Science, Brain Craft And The Science Of Immunisation

The interviews for this podcast were done on the VERY last day of the #ASC14 event that happened earlier this week, during the final few breaks that we had between the sessions. At one point you can hear the next session bell rings and Vanessa and I run off to go check out the next lecture. Episode One Hundred And Seventy Nine – On Adventures At The #ASC14 – Skeptical Science, Brain Craft And The Science Of Immunisation. I really enjoyed talking to them all and I hope you enjoy listening … [Read more...]

Vote Vote For The UK Skepticism’s Third ‘Ockhams’ Awards!

I did a run-down of suggested nominees last year, but feel free to add your own in the comments. In fact, I'll post what I said last year here, but with a different one for video - my own! NOMINATE AT ---Videos!--- It'd be cool if you voted for my video TEDxPerth talk, "Superstition 'ain't The Way" in the video category (just saying - it's at: Also consider: I Doubt That - The Media Guide to Skepticism and Jamy Ian … [Read more...]

#ASC14 – The ASC Unsung Hero… Sung By Craig Cormick

The ASC Unsung Hero 2013 Winner this year was Craig Cormick, who proceeded to rap his acceptance speech at the dinner. The ASC offers the Unsung Hero of Australian Science Communication to honour a person (or group of people) who exemplifies science communication. He's a really, really great person and I'll have a short interview with him available on the Urban Legendary podcast later this evening. To READ the speech? Check out Sara Lau's post over on the ASC Website. … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – On A Better Life – By Chris Johnson

Now out! Warning, it contains a joke about Chris Stedman's socks. Token Skeptic Episode One Hundred And Seventy Seven – On A Better Life – Interview With Chris Johnson For this episode, I talk to Chris Johnson, the creator of the book A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God. The myth persists. Even in our modern world, countless people believe that without God, one’s life has no purpose or meaning — that the lives of atheists are … [Read more...]

My TEDxPerth Talk! Superstition ‘Ain’t The Way

Feel free to watch it - because I'm not going to. It's too late at night, I've just finished the first of three very long conference days... and I'm too shy. But I did get a wonderful surprise: So, maybe it's not so bad a talk after all! Thank you again, Luke Copley, my coach, and all the TEDxPerth-ers! Enjoy, and please do follow along on the #ASC14 Tweet stream (or check out the Storifies!) if you're interested in science communication and one of the biggest events yet in … [Read more...]

#ASC14 – Monday – Before The Event (And The Start Of The Event)!

Guess who was so busy doing her list of "do these" for podcasts that she left her toothbrush and assorted toothbrush-y things at home? And my nice formal shoes. Damnit. Hmph. Nothing is open at 6am on a Sunday, so I did two things: Brought a strawberry cupcake covered in glitter: Then I checked out the ASC venue and got to meet all the bloggy-types who'll be working with me - a great gang! Here's the venue from the inside... And the outside: Then I went to get a new … [Read more...]

On My Way To #ASC14 (And Everything Else I’ve Been Doing These Past Two Weeks)

Virgin Perth airport lounge

I'm here. FINALLY Perth got itself an airport lounge with the wifi and the coffee and the snacks and a quiet corner. So I can do the following: “I Immunise” With The Immunisation Alliance Of Western Australia – Interview With Dr. Katie Attwell - over at my column for the Skeptical Inquirer website, called Curiouser and Curiouser. You can check out the podcast over here, on the Token Skeptic website: Episode One Hundred And Seventy Five – On I Imunise – Interview With Dr … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Royal-ly Pissed (Lorde Parody) #Top100 NSFW

By Australian comedy group, the Stepmates. … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Songs For Australia Day

Thanks for calling, but I'm out at the moment, attending this event: Yes, I assure you, it's going to be as bad as it looks. Even paranormal believers can't believe it. But since this is a pre-written blogpost, I thought I'd zip you something to get through the day: Recently I've been enjoying this song... and not just because it samples a favourite musical of mine. I hope it cheers people up: However - it is Australia Day, and the Triple J Top 100 has been playing just … [Read more...]

Australia’s Girlfriend Magazine Takes Steps To Help Talk About Sex – With Science!

Science communicators in Australia are really fantastic and I'm looking forward to the ASC14 conference, where I'll get to learn more about the kinds of projects that have been going on in Australia... like right now, today! I've been busy doing the promoting #ASC14, its people and podcasting throughout, and this news about a press briefing reached me while I was editing. I'll post more links when they become available - in the meantime, here's the rundown. Girlfriend magazine is pretty … [Read more...]