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Skeptical Heresies #9

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 Posted in Climate Change, Conspiracy Theories, General Science, Health | No Comments »

9. Skepticism is abused by conspiracy theories I'm beginning to wonder why I called this series "Skeptical Heresies", instead of something more descriptive like "Major Challenges Within Skepticism". Anyway... This post is about the fact that Skepticism has been kidnapped and forced ...

Skeptical Heresies #8

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 Posted in Creationism, General Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion | No Comments »

8. People don't care enough about the truth It’s taken as pretty much a foundational principle of scepticism that the truth is a valuable commodity and it’s something that we should all aim towards. The argument is that we ...

Skeptical Heresies #7

Monday, April 18th, 2011 Posted in Creationism, Education, General Science, Psychology | No Comments »

7. Skeptics are seen as boring and/or angry I remember listening, a few years ago, to a senior British politician complaining about how it was shocking that (then Conservative Leader) Ian Duncan-Smith was voted out despite the fact that he ...

Sixth Presentation is Up

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 Posted in Biology, Creationism, General Science | No Comments »

The sixth of my lecture series on science and creationism is now up on YouTube. This one is all about Abiogenesis, the origin of life from non-living chemicals. This is a notorious subject, as it's so difficult to get any ...

The Fifth Presentation is Now Live

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 Posted in Creationism, Education, General Science | No Comments »

I'm just writing to let you know that the fifth presentation in my video lecture series is now live. This one is on the important topic of radiometric dating. It is divided into three parts: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Apologies again - my ...

Skeptical Heresies #2

Saturday, February 26th, 2011 Posted in Education, General Science | No Comments »

I'm doing a series on things that we, as Skeptics, should really be discussing much more than we do - and that are often avoided because they are unpleasant to face. Here's number 2: 2. Human beings are inherently unskeptical (Rational ...

Video Presentations

Sunday, January 30th, 2011 Posted in Creationism, Education, General Science | No Comments »

Hi all. I've been working on doing video versions of my presentations on the topic of science and creationism. You can see the originals if you check out the "presentations" tab above. I'm going back over these presentations, and recording audio presentations ...

Sense about Science

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 Posted in General, General Science, Health, Internet, Politics | No Comments »

Hi all, Okay, so I haven't written for two months. Apologies for that. I'm afraid other things have been hihger priority recently. However, I'm just writing a brief note to urge everyone to sign up on the Sense About Science petition There's ...

The Scandalous Decline of Rational Thought

Monday, April 13th, 2009 Posted in Education, General Science, Paranormal | 3 Comments »

In the most literal sense possible, I urge you to read it and weep. The bit that angers me isn't the whole 'heaven' thing. I can sort-of understand why people would want to believe in an afterlife that is better than ...

So happy…

Monday, January 26th, 2009 Posted in General Science, Politics | No Comments »

"My administration will not deny facts. We will be guided by them." Barack Obama, today, speaking about the American nation's response to the energy needs of teh 21st century. I'm so happy. Which is weird because he's just saying what any rational ...