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The Importance of Not Being a Dick

Several years ago Phil Plait gave a talk at TAM that has become known as the “Don’t be a Dick” speech. There he was mainly talking about online skepticism and how to tailor our message so that it is effective rather than off-putting. In that talk the goal was better evangelising (for lack of a better term) skepticism so that the hearers of the message...

The Importance of Not Being a Dick

Several years ago Phil Plait gave a talk at TAM that has become known as the “Don’t be a Dick” speech. There he was mainly talking about online skepticism and how to tailor our message so that it is effective rather than off-putting. In that talk the goal was better evangelising (for lack of a better term) skepticism so that the hearers of the message...

Guess what Percentage of the World Thinks it Will End In Their lifetime?

The optimist in me (no sniggers please it’s not polite) would liked to have thought that this percentage is quite low. You know, in the barely worth mentioning category. Alas, according to a poll conducted by Ipsos the world average is about 14%. One in seven. Think about that for a second. One seventh of the world thinks they will see the end...

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Battle for the iPhone Might Make You Like it More

I happened to be browsing and saw a review of the newly released iPhone 5. On a whim I figured I’d have a look, turned out the most interesting part of the review for me was the misunderstanding of psychology in the opening paragraphs. In setting up how “everyman” their acquisition of the new phone was the author provided a teaching moment on the ins...

Energy Mirages and the False Hope of “Water Powered Cars”

This morning while perusing my news feeds I saw this article lamenting the state of scientific ignorance and bald political grandstanding in Pakistan. The specific item that prompted this lambasting of an entire country is the claim by one individual to be able the fuel cars using water – and the near unanimous support of this character within the political...

TCM and You: Cupping

I have noticed that Chinese massage seems to be becoming popular, and seemingly with it Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM1). At least browsing through two of the larger shopping centres in Hamilton (bring on the hick jokes) I saw massage centres offering these services. In particular cupping was advertised. But what exactly is cupping2? As with many...

Monday Afternoon Movies: From Daleks to Vectron

I was collecting up videos to drip feed when I got around to it, but figured I may as well post them all at once to liven up a Monday afternoon. Enjoy. The Great and Powerful Tyson… ARVE Error: no id set Dan Dennett on “Deepities”… ARVE Error: no id set Richard Wiseman amazes and astounds…. ARVE Error: no id set Daleks: Hitchhiker’s Guide style… ARVE...

The Importance of Not Being a Dick

Several years ago Phil Plait gave a talk at TAM that has become known as the “Don’t be a Dick” speech. There he was mainly talking about online skepticism and how to tailor our message so that it is effective rather than off-putting. In that talk the goal was better evangelising (for lack of a better term) skepticism so that the hearers of the message...

The Anti-Vax Group Formerly Known as AVN

Those in the loop may already know that the long awaited name change for the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), the anti-vaccine mouth piece of Meryl Dorey, ordered in late 2012 has recently occurred. The new moniker for the group is Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network, I assume the hyphenation is present so that the group might reasonably continue...

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