It’s now officially a holiday period for me (for some curious reason my university is giving everyone a two-week mid-semester break – but no one’s complaining), but I’m still busy as hell with multiple projects, including coursework, the YAS relaunch, the podcast and just generally trying not to go insane. So! Here are some more interesting/relevant things I’ve stumbled across in the past few days.
Standford University has a free, online writing course through Coursera called “Writing in the Sciences” starting on the 24th of September! It’s free! [...]
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Whoa! Haven’t seen you guys for a while! There’s a good reason for this – it’s my last undergraduate semester of uni before I kick off my Master, and my coursework has completely inexplicably increased dramatically. There are assignments and tests flying at me from all four subjects I’m taking, it’s crazy. Add in my weekly podcast commitment, the relaunch of the Young Australian Skeptics blog and my newfound penchant for caring about my fitness, and there’s little time for some good ol’ Homologous Legs blogging. Very [...]
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So, it’s pretty much official: I’ll be taking the reins of the Young Australian Skeptics for the foreseeable future, while founder Elliot Birch concentrates on other projects. I’ve already been organising and editing its podcast, The Pseudo Scientists, for a considerable amount of time, so it’s not much of an extra workload for me.
Or is it?
Because, you know, I like to make things harder for myself, I’ve decided to revamp the blog that the YAS has been based around for over three years. [...]
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The concept of a podcast barely existed ten years ago, but now, in 2012, they’re one of the fastest growing forms of media, focusing on topics such as news, entertainment, comedy, niche interests and more. To say that podcasts are influential would be a gross understa-
Blah. Blah. Blah.
I’ll save you the contrived history lesson. We all know what podcasts are, so this is a post telling you about some of my favourites, ones that I think will appeal to almost anyone reading this. Of course, there are more that [...]
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The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 36
In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, Elliot, James, Jason and yours truly discuss misogynistic atheists on Reddit, anti-vaccinationist Meryl Dorey’s appearance at the Woodford Folk Festival, and the Pope’s Christmas address; and Richard and Alastair interview Brian Dunning, from the well-known podcast Skeptoid, about his experiences in Australia, and the future and direction of the skeptical movement (recorded at TAM Australia in November 2010).
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The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 31
In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, Belinda, Jason and I, as well as new panelist James Cooper, discuss faster-than-light neutrinos, the Blackmores pharmacy deal, and secularism in the Israel/Palestine conflict; there’s an On The Street by Martin Pribble at Think Inc. 2011; and I interview Eugenie Scott, from the National Centre for Science Education (recorded at TAM Australia, back in November 2010).
Also, we have a new [...]
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The Pseudo Scientists – Episode 30
In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, Richard, Jason and I discuss sexism, misogyny and general social etiquette in the skeptical movement (inspired by the recent ElevatorGate/WatsonGate kerfuffle), as well as Dr. Ken Harvey’s victory over alternative medicine legal action – plus there’s a great interview with the Amazing James Randi, recorded at TAM Australia.
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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.
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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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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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