The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 47
In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, Jason, Richard and I discuss a mysterious burst of cosmic radiation in the 8th century, the genetics of ultra-conserved elements in animal and plant genomes, and a billboard campaign arguing against Richard Dawkins. Plus, Jason has some unfortunate news…
This week’s “Houston, We Have A Problem” clip is a lesson in “seeing energy”. Don’t hurt your eyes, guys, I [...]
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The Pseudo Scientists – Test of Faith Panel
On the 16th of April, I took part in a panel discussion with two fellow atheists and three Christian scientists on the topic of the compatibility of science and religious belief, entitled “Test of Faith”, as a part of the Reason for Faith Festival in Melbourne. Well, finally, I’ve been able to release the audio of the event as an episode of The Pseudo Scientists podcast. It’s been lightly edited for coherency and microphone levels, [...]
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Dramatic title! Perhaps too dramatic! But whatever! Finally, after a couple of weeks caught up in the Global Atheist Convention 2012, the Test of Faith panel discussion and some hardcore university writing about mouse testis cDNA libraries, I’m back to blogging again, as you can see. I’m exhausted, and I’m not out of things to do yet, but the pressure’s been turned down quite a bit.
If you were wondering, the Global Atheist Convention went spectacularly well. As a volunteer in a vibrant blue t-shirt I was running around all over [...]
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You’re all familiar with the Global Atheist Convention 2012, right? It’s a massive event being held at the Melbourne Convention Centre from April 13th-15th, featuring both international and local speakers – philosophers, scientists, writers, comedians, and more – who will all be discussing various topics surrounding atheism or non-belief in religion. My good friend Kylie Sturgess (along with Australian comedian Lawrence Leung) will be MC-ing it. What, you’ve never heard of it? How curious.
Anyway, whether or [...]
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Intelligent design news and discussion for the month of June, 2011.
I thought it would be best to wait until a month had passed to start doing TWiID again, mainly because:
I think whole anthropochronological divisions are beautiful, in a rather frivolous way, and Not many overtly, over-the-top exciting ID things happened in June that warranted immediate attention by my loosely serious writings.
As such, this will be a slight departure from the usual TWiID style you might be used to. Instead of going into detail on only three or [...]
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The Novellatron – the skeptical, alien-made robot also known as Dr. Steven Novella – has many detractors in the worlds of pseudoscience and antiscience, but none that I would call his nemesis: other than perhaps that of Dr. Michael Egnor, conservative Catholic neurosurgeon and ID proponent. Hmm, then again, maybe “nemesis” is too strong [...]
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Screw The Guardian, I’ve really made it as a blogger now: David Klinghoffer mentioned me (twice!) in a recent post on Evolution News & Views, the Discovery Institute’s main blog, on the supposed link between ID and agnosticism. Of course, I’m pleased (in a masochistic-ish kind of way), because this is something I’ve been working towards for a few years now, but I can’t help but feel a little let down by the context in which I was mentioned.
You see, David took my [...]
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While reading Signature in the Cell by Stephen C. Meyer, I realised something important that I had previously overlooked in the debate between pro- and anti-ID camps. It’s always perplexed me why ID proponents, especially those at the Discovery Institute, constantly talk about “materialistic evolution”. If their contention is that ID is secular, why muddy that position by bringing in what seems like a theistic idea – non-materialism?
In Chapter 2 of Signature, Meyer goes through a reasonably brief history of the scientific debate between biological materialists and [...]
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Skeptical/atheistic music! Everybody loves it, especially if it’s by the wonderful George Hrab. So, as members of the set Everybody, I know you’ll love this new music video for his song “God Is Not Great”. Choirs of atheists? Ray Comfort being devoured by crocoducks? Zombie Jesus? What more could you want? Nothing, that’s what.
Also, check out the interview with the creator of the video, Octavio Valdes, over on the Young Australian Skeptics!
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Christmas is approaching! It’s nearly upon us, this Christian-co-opted, pagan holiday – what better way to celebrate Christmas Eve Eve with a new song by George Hrab, skeptical musician extraordinaire?
After all, this holiday isn’t about religion: it’s about friends and family. Theoretically. You know what I mean.