It seems like some unknown – but clearly mysterious – phenomenon is linking my mind with others’, because the day after I mused on Twitter about the way the intelligent design movement capitalises on the dismissive attitude of the scientific community towards people who argue against evolutionary theory, the Discovery Institute’s Casey Luskin wrote a blog post doing exactly that – “The Uncivil Style of Intelligent Design Critics”. Well, either a mystical force is sharing the thoughts of bloggers around the world, or Casey [...]
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After perusing the work of Michael Lynch, evolutionary geneticist extraordinaire, I asked my Twitter followers yesterday who their science-crush was, using the hashtag #sciencecrush. After a good response, I’ve decided to extend the question to here.
What’s a science-crush? Well, you’re probably all familiar with the concept of a “crush”, the feeling of mild infatuation you feel for another person, usually without that person’s knowledge of your feelings. But that’s a romantic infatuation – is it possible to have a crush on someone’s scientific [...]
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TAM Australia (The Amazing Meeting Australia, also known as #TAMOz on Twitter) is being held from the 26th to the 28th of November this year, and when registration opened in June, tickets were snapped up faster than you could say “Americans have unrealistic stereotypes about Australians”. However, there have been 10 student reimbursements available for a while, each worth $150, to help cover the cost for students who have some financial difficulties. This is a great initiative, and I recommend any students who have purchased a ticket to [...]
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Thanks to @ilikeportello (Matt) and @spoon579 (Rob) on Twitter for this most excellent find!
If you’re a casual skeptic, or know a little about skepticism, you’ll know that a large target for the, er, injection of critical thinking and rationality in recent years has been the anti-vaccination movement. If you’re a little more serious about your skepticism, you’ll know that the man at the root of this anti-science hysteria is Andrew Wakefield, a (former) surgeon who published some pretty dodgy research in 1998 about the [...]
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I’ve decided to upgrade the design of the site to something new and a bit more traditional for the New Year of 2010, as you can probably tell. I’m rather fond of this new theme – how about you?
Huge thanks to Sean from Sean the Blogonaut for crafting together some lovely rotating header images (you can find him on Twitter too!).
However, if you are, perchance, an artistic genius with a philanthropic tendency to bestow wonderful digital graphics upon young skeptics from Australia, then feel [...]
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Twitter being as ubiquitous as it is today, one may sometimes wonder what historical figures would be like if they used the service. If you’re a science geek like me, then the focus is clearly shifted to the great scientists of the past. But never fear! Because PhD Comics has it all sorted out if you can’t transfer your knowledge of Newton or Darwin into a 140-character update.
Behold: Great Tweets of Science. Darwin is my favourite, not just because of the, er, evolutionary links.
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I’ve been having a few conversations/debates with a friendly person on Twitter by the name of Adam4004, who happens to be, of course, a Young Earth Creationist. Let me just tell you now, debating on Twitter is tricky: a maximum of 140 characters per message puts vast restrictions on what you can say at any one time.
Anyhow, a certain topic came up in a loose discussion involving both me and Adam4004, as well as two other Twitter users, askegg (from the website Godless [...]
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Okay, so it’s probably not the worst movie ever, but it has to be one the worst science-fiction films I’ve seen. And, it was on Channel Seven last night. Being the total geek that I am, I decided to livetweet my thoughts on the film as I watched it. I had originally planned to write a creationist breakdown with Supernova in the background, quietly being stupid, but I simply couldn’t take it anymore and I decided to spam my Twitter friends with a deluge of comments about the stupidity of [...]
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