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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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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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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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 Pseudo Scientists – Episode 45
In this episode of The Pseudo Scientists, the official podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics, Belinda, James and Richard discuss the Real Australian Sceptics and Australian anti-intellectualism, and read out some listener emails from California, New Zealand and Finland. Plus, I get mentioned! Because I have a funny accent. No other reason.
This week’s “Houston, We Have A Problem” clip is a sample of the enlightened views of Rev. Jesse Lee [...]
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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 [...]
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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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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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The Pseudo Scientists – George Hrab’s Melbourne gig
Here it is, the full audio of the gig skeptical podcaster and musician George Hrab played in Melbourne on the 30th of November 2010 (with a short intro by me). Seriously, it was an awesome show, so make sure you have a listen.
There’s also a video of part of the gig up in the iTunes feed for the podcast, which you can also watch here if you want.
What are you waiting for? [...]
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If you missed the live streaming of Saturday’s Skeptically Speaking episode featuring Jason Ball, Elliot Birch and myself from the Young Australian Skeptics, you can now download it as a podcast from either the Skeptically Speaking website or iTunes!
I’ve been told by a few people who listened live that apparently it was one of the best shows of the year so far, if not the best, so, er, yeah. You might want to listen to it. I mean, you don’t have to if you [...]
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