Tagged: Skepticism

Are feminists really bullying Richard Dawkins? A response to Ken Perrott - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 18, 2016

My fellow sciblogger over on Open Parachute Ken Perrott has posted his thoughts on recent events involving prominent atheist Richard Dawkins, who was invited then disinvited to speak at a skeptics conference in the USA later this year.  Basically, Dawkins was invited to speak at the Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (NECSS), then very publicly … Read More

Santa skepticism in line with understanding of the world - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Dec 21, 2015

Spoiler warning: Kids’ willingness to believe in Santa Claus diminishes as they become more knowledgeable about the world and the physical implausibility of Santa’s magical acts. Researchers from Los Angeles’ Occidental College tested children’s willingness to accept on trust the story of Santa Claus and his miraculous one-night round-the-world trip. Much of what we know comes from the … Read More

The Anti-Vax Group Formerly Known as AVN - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Mar 11, 2014

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 [&hellip … Read More

Elves Stop Construction - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Dec 24, 2013

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about Taniwha and whether their alleged presence should constitute a stop sign for construction projects. At the time I was responding to an article which proposed just that on the grounds that the Taniwha claims could represent indigenous knowledge of the area relevant to construction. I [&hellip … Read More

Polite but Firm - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Feb 16, 2013

Since I started blogging, I’ve often thought about the best way to deal with those pushing pseudoscientific ideas. Sometimes when faced with particularly vicious and irrational attacks on science and scientists, there is the temptation to respond in kind. I don’t think this is the answer – science is all about discussing the evidence for different ideas (hypotheses) in order … Read More