Fri, 30 July 2010
Welcome to Episode thirty-one! This week, after attending a workshop on evaluation, I had the chance to talk to the President of the Australian Science Communicators, Dr Jesse Shore!
He is the brain behind the science communication consultancy company Prismatic Sciences (based in NSW). His experience includes working at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, coordinating public events, and science festivals. Dr Shore has served or is serving on state coordinating committees for National Science Week. He is also on working groups relating to the recent Inspiring Australia Report, which we discuss briefly during this interview.
Additional News: August 15, 2010, starting from 11am, at the Monash Science Centre, Clayton, Victoria - the Brains Matter Live show! Check out the Brains Matter podcast site for more at www.brainsmatter.com. Congratulations to the Science Bloggers Bec Crew of Running Ponies blog and the microblogger cbsquared_ - winners of the Big Blog Theory! Check out Bec reporting nationwide for Science Week in August. In addition, check your local science news for the national tour by Daniel Keogh, called "Why We’re the Stupid Species”.
This show is available on Zune, mp3 via Libsyn or iTunes. Visit www.tokenskeptic.org – I’d love to hear your feedback at email@example.com. Theme songs are 'P&P' by Derek K Miller of www.penmachine.com and '365' by Milton Mermikides, at www.miltonmermikides.com.
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:17pm HKT
Mon, 19 July 2010
Token Skeptic #30 - On Science Communication, Hungry Beasts And Professor Funk – An Interview With Daniel Keogh
This is Episode Thirty! Work starts for me again this week, so to save some time, I’m putting this episode online a little earlier than usual. When I was in Sydney recently, I had the chance to talk to Daniel Keogh. He describes himself as an Ex-Hungry Beast idiot and a current ABC Science Show producer, who shares interesting stuff about science, politics, culture, and art. Like my friend Michael McRae, he has qualifications in science communication, having graduated from the Australian National University’s Centre for the Public Awareness of Science – where they were both Science Circus members! His 'Professor Funk' on Youtube can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/TheProfessorFunk.
Daniel has done some extremely funny and powerful presentations on scientific topics for ABC’s Hungry Beast TV show, including investigations on Gardasil for Guys, Scientology and even Zombies! He currently works at ABC studios in Ultimo, where we conducted this interview, and he’ll be touring the country for Australia’s Science Week with his show ‘Why We’re the Stupid Species’, details of which will be featured on the Science Week website – at http://www.scienceweek.gov.au/.
Additional News: On August 15, 2010, starting from 11am, at the Monash Science Centre, Clayton, Victoria – the Brains Matter podcast will be conducting an interview with one of Australia’s leading palaeontologists, Professor Pat Vickers-Rich, on the topic of “From Slime to Dinosaurs”. Facebook link to the event is here. Check out the Brains Matter podcast site for more at www.brainsmatter.com.
Big Blog Theory – Check out all the entries, including my own as Podblack Cat blog, and the Young Australian Skeptic’s Jack Scanlan, Dr Rachael Dunlop and Bec Crew’s Running Ponies and many more – at http://thebigblogtheory.com.au.
This show is available on Zune, mp3 via Libsyn or iTunes. Speaking of iTunes, you can find and rate all of the shows there, or you can visit www.tokenskeptic.org – I’d love to hear your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Theme songs are 'P&P' by Derek K Miller of www.penmachine.com and '365' by Milton Mermikides, at www.miltonmermikides.com.
Direct download: Token_Skeptic_30_-_On_Science_Communication_Hungry_Beasts_And_Professor_Funk_-_An_Interview_With_Daniel_Keogh.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26am HKT
Sat, 17 July 2010
Token Skeptic #29 - On The Invisible Gorilla – An Interview With Daniel Simons And Christopher Chabris
For many listening to this podcast - the phrase 'Did you see the gorilla?' might remind you of a group of people throwing a basketball to each other. For those who have no idea - before you go any further, check out the award-winning video that will feature in the show notes!
Finished watching it? What you have just seen is part of a 2004 Ig Nobel award-winning study - which makes the following interview really quite special.
Christopher Chabris and Prof Daniel Simons have released a book about their ten years of research - on why people succumb to everyday illusions and what we can do to inoculate ourselves against their effects. Called The Invisible Gorilla, it details the experiment and how it might explain such things as why companies spend billions on product they knows will fail and why award-winning movies are full of editing mistakes. They combine the work of other researchers with their own findings on attention, perception, memory, and reasoning to reveal how faulty intuitions often get us into trouble.
The Invisible Gorilla And Other Ways our Intuition Deceives Us is available from bookstores world-wide and I do suggest you check out my favourite bookstore online, Embiggen Books, for a copy. You can head to the official site to learn more, at http://www.theinvisiblegorilla.com.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:27pm HKT
Mon, 12 July 2010
'Did you know that children whose parents make a conscientious decision to have them opt out of Special Religious Education (SRE) are prohibited from any form of instruction during this period? NSW Department of Education policy provides for the supervision of these children but specifies they are not to have access to 'ethics, values, civics or general religious education.' - St James Ethics Centre.
Hello and welcome to one of the few live rather than Skyped interviews that I conduct for this podcast. Last week I attended the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Association annual conference, held at the University of NSW. One of the presenters was Dr Phillip Cam.
Dr Philip Cam is Associate Professor in the School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. He has particular interests in the philosophy of the mind, education, social philosophy and philosophical inquiry for children. Dr Cam has written several books related to philosophical inquiry for children, some of which have been widely translated, and he is the author of many articles on related aspects of education.
In 2004, I attended a Level 2 training course in Philosophy for Children, with about fifteen other teachers, attending lectures and workshops run by practioners, including Dr Cam. At the FAPSA conference, he did a short presentation about the state's 10-week trial for secular ethics classes, which has caught some media attention - so I hoped to clear up a few misconceptions about the trial and whether it was, as some claimed, really 'in competition' with religious education classes.
This show is available on Zune, mp3 via Libsyn or iTunes. Speaking of iTunes, you can find and rate all of the shows there, or you can visit www.tokenskeptic.org – I’d love to hear your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org and do send in reviews for iTunes!
Direct download: Token_Skeptic_28_-_On_Secular_Ethics_Classes_-_An_Interview_With_Dr_Phillip_Cam.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00pm HKT