TAM lives up to it’s name!

Wow, The Amaz!ng Meeting has just finished, and what an amazing meeting it was! With one notable blip, it was wall-to-wall critical thinking, combined with some genuinely inspiring moments. I’ve just got back, and obviously cannot do the event justice right now, but I’ve taken plenty of photos so stay tuned for more detailed write-ups.

Highlights for me included getting to meet some of my heroes old (Graham Lineham) and new (Rhys Morgan), participating in a live Skeptics with a K, and seeing Rhys Morgan win an award for his ground breaking grassroots skepticism. And of course, hearing from the great man himself, James Randi. Thanks to everyone I met and chatted with, you were all wonderful!

I’m off to TAM

Well, the time has come for me to head down to that London for The Amaz!ng Meeting. I’ll be there for the whole weekend, so please say hello if you bump into me. To give you an idea of what I look and sound like, here’s a video I made shortly after the 10:23 protest about the packaging of Boots brand homeopathy. See you at TAM!

I’m giving my talk on the Scientific Method next Tuesday

Liverpool talkThis Tuesday, the first one after TAM London, I will be giving my talk on the Scientific Method at the Liverpool University Guild of Students. I’ve been invited by the HASA society, and the talk is the same one I gave to the Leeds Skeptics a few months ago.

I don’t want to give too much away, but my talk will cover the scientific method itself, how people like quacks and creationists abuse it, and what can happen when it isn’t followed. I also cover randomized double blinded controlled trials, and show how seemingly random data can be manipulated to support outrageous claims.

The venue is right next to the Metropolitan Cathedral, and it would be great to see you there!

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Supporting the BHA’s “Census Campaign”

The good BHA (the British Humanist Association) are campaigning for a change in next year’s national census. The problem? The question “What is your religion?” leads to a very distorted picture of the state of religion in the UK.

As the BHA explain on their website, asking “What is your religion?” implies that you DO have a religion, and it prompts people to tick a religion, regardless of how strongly they hold their beliefs. For example, someone who goes to church every week may tick the same box as someone who was baptized but never thinks about church. Consequently, people of religion are hugely over-represented, and all thanks to this one biased question.

This over-representation of the religious population has been used to justify various detrimental religious policies, including the expansion of faith based schools and keeping the 26 Bishops in the House of Lords as of right. To help stop this, if in doubt choose ‘no religion’ in 2011!

Welcome to The Skeptic Canary

Hello everyone! Welcome to my shiny new blog. In it I will talk about all issues of interest to myself, including (but not limited to) skepticism, science, humanist, religion and of course the mighty NCFC. I might even write a series about flags of the world, exciting eh?

Some of you may remember my previous blog, which can still be found at tomfooleryblog.com. I may still update it from time to time, but I found it a bit limiting. It had been my intention to use tomfooleryblog to write about the sillier aspects of woo, but I ended up writing about more serious things like autism and electoral form, so the moniker of tomfooleryblog really didn’t fit.

Stay tuned for more posts!