SkepticTV Is No More

SkepticTV logoAfter a good run of almost 3 years SkepticTV will sadly cease to exist. The past 3 years were extremely fun and eventful with our show, the many guests we’ve had, and us appearing as guests on other shows. We also made a difference through the fundraisers we held.

But unfortunately a lot of us had trouble finding the time for keeping the show, website, and our social media accounts running. It takes a lot more time to run a show about scepticism than most people realize. Most of us also have their our own projects, jobs, education, and other real life obligations competing for time. As it wasn’t fair to burden those that still had some time with the sole responsibility to keep SkepticTV running the decision was made to discontinue the show.

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It’s a Culture not a Movement

So there’s been a little bit of blogging going on recently following a piece written for the New Statesman by Robin Ince and Brian Cox where they state the importance of not conflating opinion with science, it’s an interesting piece and can be read here.  As you can imagine it focuses on the need not to forget why science is important, but with this being the internet someone didn’t like it and wrote a blog post ranting about it…..and it’s to that blog post, or the general nature of it, that I’ll be replying to.

To make it clear though I’m not going to do a point by point response, that’s already been done here by Martin Robbins, he responds paragraph by paragraph and really takes the writer to task and it’s definitely something worth reading.  What I want to break down is the guy’s misuse of the geek label, I had a brief twitter exchange with the writer of another blog post about this and Martin in which my gut call was confirmed……they used the term geek as a catch all bucket for anything they didn’t like.

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2012 Schedule – Now with Links! (Updated)

So as promised, here is the fundraiser schedule with links.  Don’t forget that we’re raising money for Sense About Science and their Ask for Evidence campaign, they’re also on twitter as is Voice of Young Science.  We have a donations page set up at Just Giving and if you are in the UK you can donate by text message to 70070 with the code STVC99 and state the amount in £’s up to £10.  We’ll be on twitter, you can tweet us direct on @SkepticTV or by using #12hourcall.  The last link you’ll need is where to find us, I’ll post that below…

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Women That Need To Get Back In The Kitchen (And Make Me Some Pie!)

{Note: I started working on this blog post when I was on a borrowed laptop as mine wasn’t turning on, it wa abandond due to keyboard issues on the loaned laptop.  The post below is a combination of what I wrote then, some edits to it and what I’m writing now.}

So the train wreck that is thunderf00ts decent into misogyny is on going, it started with this tweet about a video (I’ll go on in some depth with this in a bit, oh don’t you worry) and then continued with him telling PZMyers to watch the video, which lead to the following replies: 1, 2 and 3.  So what is it about is video?  Well the woman in it talks about what she refers to as the tyranny of female hypo agency, I’ll put the video below but be warned…’s long and its very clear that she’s reading from a script, and she’s fairly monotone!

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Old Shows Going Online

As those of you following our twitter will know our tech guy (who is amazing) has started to go through our back catalogue of shows and render them suitable for youtube.  By rendering suitable he is seperating the audio from the visual of the original recordings as the array of pictures that we show during the live shows arn’t ours…

Europe has it’s own Creationists too!

This is something worth bearing in mind, especially since the UK will now have it’s first state schools with a creationist influence…….don’t believe me?  Here’s the Guardian article that reports on it.  These schools are meant to not teach creationism in science lessons, something that Michael Gove has apparently insisted on, but it doesn’t say anything about RE lessons and as anyone that’s seen Richard Dawkins series on Faith schools it’s still completely possible to undermine the science you are teaching because they’ll revert to the stance of ‘but we know what our faith says’.  The ‘best’ thing about this is that the money

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Congratulations to TWL!

So a short while ago, just before my laptop gave out, TWL did a fundraiser for Atheists Helping the Homeless.  In the mammoth 12 hours of the show (I wonder where they got that idea from 😉 ) they managed to raise a little over $2000 for this excellent cause.  If you missed the main event and want to donate…