January 12, 2019

Briefly stated, a skeptic is one who is willing to question any claim to truth, asking for clarity in definition, consistency in logic, and adequacy of evidence. The use of skepticism is thus an essential part of objective scientific inquiry and the search for reliable knowledge. — Paul Kurtz in The New Skepticism, 1992, p. 9. Scepticism, or skepticism, is neither denialism nor a movement. Based on the Greek skeptomai, which means to think or consider, it usually means doubt or incredulity about particular… Read more

December 31, 2018

With the help of the Born Woke Youth Theatre Collective, a new song was launched last night, which has a nod to investigations like those done by Jon Ronson on the influence of social media.  I hope your 2018 ends well and 2019 starts even better.     Read more

April 5, 2018

This is a segment from the podcast Talk the Talk – something that we ended up doing some research into via social media. What does changing the settings on air conditioning really involve? Do you turn the machine up to make it colder, or down? What happens if it’s too cold? Different perspectives on the matter changes our use of language, and this is what our data showed us, in helpful video format! Read more

April 1, 2018

Over the past few months, there’s been a number of groups (the Atheist Foundation of Australia or AFA, is just one of many) who have been sending in feedback to the Ruddock Review into Religious Freedom. Many representatives (like the AFA) spoke to the review panel in person too. Back in 2017, after parliamentary debate over the same sex marriage legislation [which became law on December 9th, with Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove signing off on the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms)… Read more

March 23, 2018

There’s a lot going on right now in “real life”, which is kind of a problem in itself – the age-old “where does real life and online intersect?” Yep, I’m talking about leaving Facebook, good guess. Firstly, if you haven’t checked out a couple of interviews I nodded towards with the previous blogpost (in regards to starting off 2018 with some skeptic-supportive reading), there’s Let’s Be Reasonable, an interview with Rebecca Fox, who is the author of How to Be Reasonable (By… Read more

February 7, 2018

Just a quick round-up on what’s been going on – firstly, there’s a new short episode of some of the running about I’ve been doing for Fringeworld 2018 over on the SoundCloud page: Some of the recommendations / heard good things about that I have for the #FringeWorld week-or-so to come (and check listings, as some of these may end very soon!) include: Séance | An Immersive Experience Ray Bradshaw: Deaf Comedy Fam Djuki Mala Zoe Coombs Marr Simon Taylor… Read more

January 30, 2018

Kinda-sorta transcript: Everyone’s making recommendations and seeing shows around Perth, and I’m no exception. For my first week I took part in Seeking Basic Needs And Other Tales Of Excess, an audio tour involving stories of migration, notions of need and simple acts of transcendence – and honestly? A little long, and I was reminded of a Perth Festival show I took part in back in 2016 called A Mile in My Shoes. Great audio, fascinating monologues, but yes, a… Read more

January 27, 2018

Kinda-sorta transcript below: As you can hear by the sounds of the Media Launch behind me, it’s the start of the Fringe World Festival here in Perth, found at the fringeworld.com.au site, with the hashtags for this year being #FringeWorld, #Let’sFringe (no apostrophe included) and the occasional #PerthFringe popping up as well. This year I arrived at the Pleasure Gardens and immediately stepped into a pile of chewing gum, walked in front of of a forklift carrying half the Speigeltent across the… Read more

January 22, 2018

I promised myself that I’d keep at least one blogpost every week this year and due to my studies have fallen behind already. So, here’s a game for you and feel free to join in on the comments. I tried learning French during my first year of teaching full-time, and only managed to give myself a headache at the thought of understanding the numbering system. It might have been better if I studied something useful like business studies, since at least… Read more

January 9, 2018

Like everyone else in Australia who should be gearing up for a busy 2018, the lure of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff got me out of piles of research yesterday morning and down to the bookstore, only to learn that physical copies of the book are arriving next week and not this week as reported. Bugger. So, I take to the online version (NOT the Wikileaked edition), which is available everywhere, with an occasional typo. So far, I’m up… Read more

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