Monday 28 June 2010

Randi Set To Lose the Million Dollar Challenge

Judging on Paul the "psychic" Octopus's current form, pundits have tipped him to win the Million Dollar Challenge.

P.Z. Myers is rumoured to be coaching the cephalopod in preparation for the challenge.

Hat Tip: Dr*T

Friday 25 June 2010

Skeptic Park 3 featuring Dr. Evan Harris

Take a look at Dr. Evan Harris's parliamentary record on Skeptical Voter and if you would like to help to get Evan back in Parliament please join this Facebook Group to see what you can do to help.

Related Posts:
Homeopathy Evidence Check with Evan Harris and Ben Goldacre
Skeptic Trumps: Evan Harris
Skeptic Park 1
Skeptic Park 2

And Skeptic Park 4 will no doubt appear with the same tired punch line next time a fellow Skeptic falls foul of the forces of irrationality.

Thursday 24 June 2010


Just received this great video from Simon Le Boggit of Mental Health. He writes ...

It's all happening next week. The song BOMBASTIC MIND by my band MENTAL HEALTH has been chosen as one of 40 songs taking part in the Storm The Charts campaign (, which currently has over 30,000 supporters signed up to it.

The idea is to flood the UK Top 40 chart with 40 songs by fresh new "unsigned" artists. The mass download week starts at midnight on Saturday 26th June, and runs through to Sunday 4th July - "Independent's Day".

The BOMBASTIC MIND mp3 can be downloaded from Amazon, iTunes etc – details of their UK branches (which register on the UK chart) can be found on MENTAL HEALTH’s website here:
I rather liked it, but then I am a massive Stranglers fan.

Wednesday 16 June 2010

The TAM London MegaChurch Exposed

Of course I’m quite tizzy with anticipation at the prospect of spending two days in October with a whole bunch of like minded people and skeptical celebrities.

Even though my presence at The Amazing Meeting, London was never in doubt, I was rather intrigued by this comparison of TAM London with those god-awful American MegaChurches.

This heretical association was so promptly and vehemently denied by the TAM London organizers that I grew suspicious of their paranoia.

I have therefore been investigating the secret dark religious underbelly of TAM London and I have unearthed the following disturbing similarities.

Firstly, all delegates will start the day by reciting the Randi Prayer in unison:

Our Conjuror
Who art in Florida
Amazing be thy name
Thy Million-Dollar Challenge
Will not be done
Give us this day
Empirical evidence
And debunk our irrationality
As we debunk those who make unsubstantiated claims to us
And lead us not into woo woo
But deliver us from credulity
For thine is the rationality
The logic and the reason
Until unequivocal evidence proves otherwise

There will also be Skeptical Hymns lead by Tim Minchin and a Scripture study with Robin Ince who will be reading the lessons from the gospels of Carl Sagan.

What’s more, I am unreliably informed that Father Wiseman and Monsignor French will man skeptical confession boxes. These will offer the congregation the ability to anonymously confess their secret irrational beliefs, such as once visiting a naturopath or even being abducted by aliens. Delegates will be then been given a suitable penance before being granted absolution from their dirty irrational beliefs.

In addition to this, delegates will be invited to partake in a Skeptical communion where they will consume the body and blood of Douglas Adams, thinly disguised as bangers and mash with a pint of warm beer.

Finally I even hear the event may well include the beatification of Martin Gardner.

Assuming they don’t excommunicate me, I’ll see you there