Mon, 29 April 2013
Maryam Namazie is a political activist, campaigner and blogger, and the spokesperson for Fitnah - Movement for Women's Liberation, and also the Equal Rights Now,One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.
The official site for Fitnah: Movement for Women's Liberation can be found at http://fitnahmovement.blogspot.co.uk, and is described as a protest movement demanding freedom, equality, and secularism and calling for an end to misogynist cultural, religious and moral laws and customs, compulsory veiling, sex apartheid, sex trafficking, and violence against women. It aims to remind the Islamic regime of Iran and Islamists everywhere that the women's liberation movement is a source of fitnah for their rule alone.
Maryam works closely withIran Solidarity, which she founded, and the International Committee against Stoning. She has spoken and written numerous articles on women's rights issues, free expression, political Islam, and secularism and been interviewed by all the major international news outlets. She has co-authored Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights (One Law for All, June 2010) and Enemies Not Allies: The Far-Right (One Law for All, August 2011), and has an essay entitled ‘When the Hezbollah came to my School in 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (Wiley-Blackwell, October 2009) amongst others.
Also mentioned: www.womenwithoutreligion.org/
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Category:general -- posted at: 11:36pm HKT
Sat, 27 April 2013
Token Skeptic 159 - On Psychiatric Tales, Science Tales And Faking A Moon Landing With Darryl Cunningham
Today marks the end of World Immunisation Week and if there's one thing I could recommend to people who are thinking of discussing the value of science and vaccination, it would be work like that created by Darryl Cunningham.
Darryl Cunningham went to Leeds College of Art and is a prolific cartoonist, sculptor and photographer. He has also worked as a health care assistant on an acute psychiatric ward which informed and inspired the thoughts and experiences which went into his best-selling Psychiatric Tales. As a review in The Independent says, "His deceptively simplistic cartoons married with an easy-read writing style announced him as a new talent on the graphic novel scene."
When I was studying a unit in Abnormal Psychology for my postgraduate degree in Psychology, I first came across Darryl's bookPsychiatric Tales, which will be re-released later this year, expanded by some 40 pages and some new chapters. I would highly recommend that book, not only for its investigation of conditions, but also the very engaging personal journey through depression that Darryl reveals in its pages.
Psychiactric Talesis available from Blank Slate in the UK and Bloomsbury in the US. His latest book is Science Tales: Lies, Hoaxes and Scams, is published by Myriad and is also released in the US as How to Fake A Moon Landing: Exploring The Myths of Science Denialby Abrams.
For this interview, we discuss the process of creating art, the source of his inspiration and how he researches topics such as homeopathy, conspiracy theories and pseudoscience, and what comic art brings to the table when it comes to challenging topics like mental illness.
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Category:general -- posted at: 9:35pm HKT
Mon, 22 April 2013
The first skeptical podcast in Romania, Sceptici în România, aka “Skeptical Romania” takes a skeptical view on education, law, politics, science, pseudo-science, miracle claims, miracle cures and vampires. Each episode has either a interview, a debate or a science segment - a podcast in a country where superstition is the norm and paranormal can be seen as 'normal'!
This interview features a chat with Eddy Petrisor, Miruna and Ovidiu Covaciu - all hard-working, passionate skeptics with a keen interest in promoting a rational attitude towards the weird and wonderful. You can find their site at http://podcast.sceptici.ro.
Links mentioned in the show include: http://insulaindoielii.
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Direct download: Token_Skeptic_158_-_On_Skepticism_In_Romania.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm HKT
Tue, 16 April 2013
Welcome back listeners and thanks to everyone for the supportive messages and Tweets about the Token Skeptic podcast's win in the Ockhams Awards at the recent QEDCon! I'm very proud to have been selected by the judging panel, after seeing the very impressive competition that I was up against - please do check out all the finalists and winners, which will soon feature on the www.skeptic.org.uk website.
Speaking of skepticism, I was very impressed with a document that came out last month by Sharon Hill, which features on the Doubtful News website. It's called The Media Guide To Skepticism and features some fascinating tips and guidance for anyone interested in finding out more about skepticism.
Sharon Hill has recently started writing for the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharon-hill and you can also find her monthly column "Sounds Sciencey" over on the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website.
Sharon Hill is a researcher specializing in the interaction between science, the media and the public. She is an advocate for scientific skepticism and the editor of DoubtfulNews.com - a critical thinking weird news blog.
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Category:general -- posted at: 10:49pm HKT