A little under 12 hours ago, the Young Australian Skeptics blog relaunched with a gorgeous new website, new articles, and a new writing team, all under the direction of yours truly, its new head editor! There’s a dedicated podcast page now, which is fantastic, as well as a page about the YAS’s book, which was also sorely needed. I spent over six feverish months working on recreating the site with my good friends Catherine and Joel, and it’s great to [...]
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This is all very exciting – the Young Australian Skeptics blog is being relaunched in late August, with your truly at the helm as Head Editor. With a new writing team, a new design and a new focus, we’re looking to breathe new life into the contributions of young people into the online skeptical movement.
In the near future, this blog will endeavour to fill an important niche in communicating scientific ideas, critical thinking and engagement with social and political issues relating to science, religion and education: [...]
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Regular readers of this blog may know of “Will”, a frequent commenter on my posts about evolutionary biology and intelligent design who seems to disagree with absolutely everything I say. Some would, and have, called him a troll – I’m a little more lenient in my descriptions, but I usually restrain from responding to him too much, given that his comments are often filled with semi-decipherable appeals to “natural genetic engineering” and consciousness in bacteria and other organisms. In short, I really don’t have time to wade through the murky [...]
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A little while ago, I was interviewed for the Token Skeptic podcast by my good friend Kylie Sturgess (from the Podblack Cat blog), along with Sara Mayhew, Canadian skeptical mangaka and creator of the manga The Legend of the Ztarr. Well, the interview has been released! Listen to me babble on nonsensically as people who actually know what they’re talking about try to pick up the pieces. Masochistic fun for the whole family.
No, it’s actually a pretty good interview: we talk about [...]
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As I said on Tuesday, I’ve been a little busy while uni starts up again (it’s Semester 2 here, non-Australian readers, not Semester 1 – our end of the teaching year is in November, near the start of our summer), but I’m here once again to begin to finish what I started: telling you all about my amazing TAM 9 experience. In order to compress things a little, I won’t comment on every single thing that happened – you can find out the rest [...]
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I’m back! Back from outer space – or at least a skeptical convention whose theme was outer space.
Yep, The Amaz!ng Meeting 9 finished a couple of days ago, and I’m safely back in Australia after over 16 hours of flight time, cramped up in three aeroplanes eating rather disappointing meals and strange American beverages. But the journey wasn’t the interesting part, it was the destination. Last time I left you it was Tuesday the 12th, the day before the day before the official start of TAM (Thursday [...]
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Okay, it wasn’t technically Day 1 of The Amaz!ng Meeting 9 today, but it was my first day in Las Vegas and, more generally, my first day in the USA – ever! My flight out of Melbourne was a little delayed, meaning that I spent no time at Sydney airport before my gruelling flight to Los Angeles. And when I say gruelling, I mean it: twelve and a half hours of uncomfortable leg cramping and semi-sleep, broken only by toilet breaks, weird chicken and the film The Adjustment Bureau (which [...]
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It’s the night before I leave for The Amaz!ng Meeting 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The sun has set. My bags are packed. Everything is still. I look mournfully over the darkness of my home: indeed, it will always be my home, no matter how far away I travel, no matter to what distant lands I trek, no matter wha-
Okay, okay, okay, I’ll cut the dramatic nonsense. Yes, I leave for TAM 9 tomorrow, bound on a long couple of flights that will take me to Las Vegas. [...]
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Thank you so much to everyone who donated to get me to The Amaz!ng Meeting 9 in Las Vegas, because, as some of you might already know, all the money was raised and I will be in Las Vegas in less than a week! Hooray!
Now, for those who thought it was a blatant ploy by yours truly to score a free holiday let me assure you that although it’ll be a fantastic trip and my first time in the United States, my time at TAM 9 won’t be just [...]
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As many of you may have worked out, I’m a poor student. I really don’t have any money to travel the world like some of my peers do. The only other country I’ve ever visited, besides Australia, is New Zealand, and that shouldn’t even be classified as a different country: it’s just Australia with better mountains, fewer sheep, more geothermal activity, strange soft drink and some rather interesting birds. No offense New Zealand, but you’re hardly a worldview-changing cultural experience to an Australian.
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