…or not. But wouldn’t that be good? For one thing, it would mean that life-after-death via neurocybernetics is possible, which could only end with either world peace or the fiery destruction of Earth under the reign of ruthless cyborgs. I’m willing to take that risk.
So, I’ve had two weeks of university holidays and I couldn’t find the time to blog. But let’s think for a second: in a purely deterministic universe (or even an indeterministic universe ruled by quantum uncertainty), can I be blamed? Technically no, but socially yes. [...]
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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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The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 28
In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, Jason, Elliot and I talk about biodynamic farming, a whooping cough death in Melbourne and evolution education in the US, while Kylie Sturgess interviews science communicator Colin Wright at QEDcon. On The Street is the audio from the Victorian video of the 10:23 homeopathy awareness campaign, which can be seen here.
What are you waiting for? Listen in the [...]
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The Pseudo Scientists – Power Balance Breaking News
A special episode of the Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, was released a few days ago, but I’ve been too busy to get a post out about it. No matter, it’s here now.
Researchers at RMIT will soon publish a study about the effect of Power Balance bands on balance, and so our good friend Kylie Sturgess interviewed them for us, while afterwards in the episode Jason and I [...]
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My good friend Kylie Sturgess has teamed up with Matt Rogers and Milton Mermikides to produce this pretty excellent video about why people believe in the alternative medicine of homeopathy.
There’s a variety of reasons why someone might believe in homeopathy.Homeopathy isn’t as powerful as its supporters claim it is – the power of the human mind is greater. Which is why we have to use our minds, when it comes to getting the message out. There’s more to stopping homeopathy than taking [...]
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The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 27
Episode 27 of the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, The Pseudo Scientists, is now online!
Elliot, Richard and Jason talk about Andrew Wakefield, Tracey Spicer and Meryl Dorey, and psi research, and Alastair and I go On The Street to ask Melbournites about the recent claims of Pastor Danny Nahlia in regards to the Queensland floods. There are two TAM Australia interviews in this episode: Kylie Sturgess, skeptical educator, blogger and podcaster, and Dr Paul [...]
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One of my passions is music, and when it meets another of my passions, science communication, I get very excited. Okay, fine, the song you’re about to hear is about mathematics, not science – but they’re kind of similar, right?
Milton Mermikides is a great musician, but he’s also a great skeptic. Some of you might know him through his association with George Hrab or Kylie Sturgess, or you might follow him on Twitter. If you don’t know him, prepare to be acquainted, indirectly [...]
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It’s amazing what can be done to a famous science communicator when a little bit of editing is applied. I suppose allegations of drug use are inherent in any job where you spend a lot of time in the public eye, but I never suspected Dr. Brian Cox would succumb to peer pressure… It’s those damn chemists, they’re the ones that pushed him over the edge. Blame them!
A big hat-tip to Kylie Sturgess for linking to this piece of brilliance first.
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Australia’s National Science Week is hosting a competition not-so-subtly called the Big Blog Theory (if you don’t get the reference, then I’m not sure this post was written for you), wherein you can nominate your favourite Australian science blogger/vlogger/podcaster/Twitterer etc. for the ultimate title of:
AUSTRALIA’S BEST SCIENCE BLOGGER!
Who do you read/listen to when you want engaging online science journalism? Who explains scientific concepts in a way that always makes you interested? Who has a passion for science that shows through in [...]
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The fantastic resource that is the Skeptical Speakers Bureau, allowing skeptical groups to easily find and organise guest speakers for events, was officially launched a few days ago with the full list of speakers now available.
People available include:
- Kylie Sturgess, from Podblack Cat - Sean Wright, from Sean the Blogonaut - Desiree Schell, from Skeptically Speaking – Heidi Anderson, from SheThought
and heaps of others, including myself. I’m really not [...]
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