Fri, 8 October 2010
Science and rationality are political issues, whether we like it or not. Amanda Marcotte, Get Opinionated: A Progressive’s Guide to Finding Your Voice (and Taking a Little Action).
On Jan 30, 2010 at 10:23am, more than three hundred skeptics in the UK (and a handful of groups internationally) took part in a mass homeopathic 'overdose' in protest at the high-street pharmacy / drug store chain Boots' continued endorsement and sale of homeopathic remedies, and to raise public awareness about the fact that homeopathic remedies have nothing in them.
But then what? Clearly Boots and many other retailers like them continue to sell homeopathic products. Did it change people’s minds as well as reach the news? Is there more to activism than ‘placebo’ stunts - and what really ensures effective change? In 2011, skeptics internationally are challenged to take it further – and come up with their own, locally-inspired activities. The next 10:23 Campaign (http://www.1023.org.uk) will take place across the weekend of the 5th and 6th of February, 2011.
Andy Wilson is a Board member of Merseyside Skeptics Society and co-founder of the 2010 10:23 campaign against the use of homeopathy in mainstream health. Andy lives in Southport, Merseyside and is also host of the satirical, skeptical panel show podcast, InKredulous.
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:59pm HKT
Sat, 2 October 2010
Token Skeptic #36 – On Skeptical Activism And Creationism - An Interview With Jayson Cooke Of Griffith University Skeptics And Freethinkers
Welcome back to more regularly scheduled programming post-Dragon*Con!
I'd like to say some very big thanks to the people I hung out with in Atlanta this year, especially Derek and Swoopy of Skepticality, KO Myers and Desiree Schell, Barbara Drescher, Daphne Ross, Heidi Anderson, Daniel and Cheryl Loxton, Ben Radford, Donna Mugavero, Jenna Griffith, the Skeptic Zone team, Laurie and Rob Tarr, Colin Thornton and the rest of the Podcast Beyond Belief team, Jennifer Haythorn, Josh Meyer, Abe the Alien - and especially every wonderful member of the SkepTrack team: Mykel Alvis, Ann Gillett and Mark Distler of Abrupt Media and his audio team. To people I only met for the first time, it was wonderful to see you in person - to the people who saw me running around and only got in a brief word or two, I really hope to spend more time with you next year! I hope all the little videos on Token Skeptic somehow make up for it!
I was contacted late last week by Jayson Cooke of the Griffith University Skeptics and Freethinkers in Queensland, about his efforts to raise awareness about a Seminar that was planned to be held at the University of Southern Queensland's Hervey Bay campus, by Creation Ministries International:
I happened to be looking at my inbox on Friday afternoon, September 17, 2010, when I received my regular email update from Creation Ministries International (CMI)... It wasn’t until I glanced at the subject line of the email that my jaw dropped involuntarily and uncomfortably to my desk: “University–Sponsored Creation Seminar at Hervey Bay, University of Southern Queensland."
The official site for the Griffith University Skeptics and Freethinkers is at www.gussf.wordpress.com.
Happy birthday, Benjamin Radford! This show is available on Zune, mp3 via Libsyn or iTunes. Visit www.tokenskeptic.org – and 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.
Direct download: Token_Skeptic_36__On_Skeptical_Activism_And_Creationism_-_An_Interview_With_Jayson_Cooke.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00pm HKT