#QEDcon – #skepticamp

So today, Friday 24th, was the pre #QEDcon skepticamp event, and if you missed it, then you missed a treat, you can perhaps catch up by tapping into the #QEDcon and #skepticamp twitter feeds, So here is what happened … (Hat Tip to Rob (@Your_FunnyUncle) – I stole borrowed the fantastic pictures that he tweeted) 11:00 Emma McClure – Peter Popoff- My Persistent Penpal – @stankehammer Chris Higgins ‏@chrisfhiggins  @stankehammer’s Mrs Popoff impersonation is spot on!  #QEDcon #skepticamp 11:15 Michael Hales – Don’t Put Your Daughter into STEM […]

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Over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA”

Now here is an article I quite enjoyed, the Washington Post reports … A recent survey by the Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics finds that over 80 percent of Americans support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” about the same number as support mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” Oklahoma State economist Jayson Lusk has some additional details on the survey. And here you go, the official warning … The point is well made, people can indeed be truly […]

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ISIS and Taliban Have Announced Jihad…On Each Other.

This, if true (and I harbour some doubts), is quite frankly hilarious – ISIS, a group that embraces a rather extreme, violent, and completely intolerant variation of Islamic belief, have declared Jihad on the Teliban, another group that embraces a rather extreme, violent, and completely intolerant but slightly different variation of Islamic belief, and the Teliban have of course reciprocated. Really? Apparently yes, the India Times reports … The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) chief Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi has […]

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Daft Claim of the week: Atheistic regimes killed millions 1

John Mark Reynolds, a rather religious chap, has a posting up that suggests he has rather firmly embraced a rather odd view of 20th century history and appears to believe that atheism is the prime cause of the horrendous genocide that took place. He does not even suggest, or hint, but is very specific about it … Atheistic regimes killed millions in the last century. Nobody denies this fact I do, and so do most familiar with the history of it […]

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2 Free Student Tickets for #QEDcon 1

QEDcon is happening this coming weekend, and I have two free tickets for any students that want to attend. So here is the deal, I’m bringing a bunch of folks and two of them have had to back out at the last moment due to exam commitments. We can’t return the tickets, it’s too late, so the only option left is to give them away (you basically get a badge with somebody else’s name on it). If you personally are […]

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s has a new late night TV show … yea.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, famous for the Cosmos reboot (if you missed that, you should check it out) is back on TV with his own late night slot … …will premiere his new late night program StarTalk on National Geographic Channel on April 20th, according to the cable network. Variety reports that guests will include, “Former US president Jimmy Carter, biologist Richard Dawkins, retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, producer Norman Lear, film director Christopher Nolan, and Star Trekactor George Takei.” The Star Talk TV show is based on his […]

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