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Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is the host of the Token Skeptic podcast and regularly writes editorial for numerous publications and the Token Skeptic blog. She was the co-host for the Global Atheist Convention in 2010 and 2012. An award-winning Philosophy teacher, Kylie has lectured on teaching critical thinking and anomalistic beliefs worldwide. In 2011 she was presented with the Secular Student Alliance Best Individual Activist Award and presented at the World Skeptics Congress 2012.

You Should Have Seen This One Coming – Protesting With Good Thinking At UK Psychic Events

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October 17, 2014
You Should Have Seen This One Coming – Protesting With Good Thinking At UK Psychic Events

In March of this year, the UK charity Good Thinking was contacted by Mark Tilbrook. Mark is a skeptical activist who had been planning to hand out leaflets to people on their way to attend a range of psychic shows.

The British Humanist Association: Which Witch is Which?

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October 2, 2014
The British Humanist Association: Which Witch is Which?

The promotion of science and reason is not without its challenges. The British Humanist Association (BHA) and Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) are being sued by the wealthy evangelical preacher and “witch hunter” Helen Ukpabio who has dubbed herself a “Lady Apostle.”

ExpeRimental Science on YouTube with Alom Shaha

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September 8, 2014
ExpeRimental Science on YouTube with Alom Shaha

Alom Shaha was born in Bangladesh but grew up in London. A teacher, science writer, and filmmaker, he has spent most of his professional life sharing his passion for science and education with the public.

Schooling for Good Sleep—Interview with Richard Wiseman

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June 9, 2014
Schooling for Good Sleep—Interview with Richard Wiseman

Based on exciting new research, mass-participation experiments, and the world’s largest archive of dream reports, Richard Wiseman’s new book, Night School, reveals the truth about sleep and dreaming.

Checking Out Consumer Rights With The Checkout – Interview With Julian Morrow

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April 29, 2014
Checking Out Consumer Rights With The Checkout – Interview With Julian Morrow

From cradles to graves, everyone’s a customer – and we have the right not to remain silent. Each week, The Checkout takes a no-holds-barred, irreverent and entertaining approach to explaining and exposing the ways that all of us are being ripped off.

Rapping Evolution – An Interview With Baba Brinkman

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March 20, 2014
Rapping Evolution – An Interview With Baba Brinkman

Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist, writer, and performer and the creator of “The Rap Guide to Evolution,” a hip-hop exploration of modern evolutionary biology, natural selection and evolutionary psychology.

“Breaking Magic” With Billy Kidd – Magic Meets Science On The Discovery Channel

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February 14, 2014
“Breaking Magic” With Billy Kidd – Magic Meets Science On The Discovery Channel

Street magic is nothing new on our television screens. What makes Breaking Magic different is the discussion of scientific concepts and the use of physics, chemistry and psychology in making magic fun and intellectually stimulating.

“I Immunise” With The Immunisation Alliance Of Western Australia – Interview With Dr. Katie Attwell

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January 30, 2014
“I Immunise” With The Immunisation Alliance Of Western Australia – Interview With Dr. Katie Attwell

I'm very fortunate to live in a great part of the world, near Fremantle in Western Australia. I'm also very fortunate that there's proactive people here who are very concerned about vaccination rates—and are willing to try outreach in a number of different ways. For this interview, I talked to Dr. Katie Attwell, of "I Immunise."

Mythbusting Monsters – Abominable Science With Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero

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January 2, 2014
Mythbusting Monsters – Abominable Science With Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero

With years of experience in investigating paranormal claims and teaching critical thinking, the combined powers of Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero present the arguments for and against the existence of the most famous (and debated) monsters in history.

The Exciting And Ever Ongoing Scientific Story Of The Infinite Cosmic Genome App

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December 3, 2013
The Exciting And Ever Ongoing Scientific Story Of The Infinite Cosmic Genome App

When it comes to curiosity, The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome is here to help—as a different kind of guide to modern thoughts on why we are as we are and why the Universe is as it is.

Of Stars and Scientific Phenomena – Interview With Professor Brian Cox

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October 3, 2013
Of Stars and Scientific Phenomena – Interview With Professor Brian Cox

He is the United Kingdom’s, and perhaps the world’s, foremost communicator of all things scientific. Professor Cox is best known as the presenter of a number of science programmes for the BBC, boosting the popularity of subjects such as astronomy and physics.

Do You Believe In Magic? Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

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July 19, 2013
Do You Believe In Magic? Interview with Dr. Paul Offit

In Do You Believe in Magic? he criticizes the negative impact that celebrities like Jenny McCarthy can have on the public understanding and support of good health and science. In addition, he offers a scathing exposé of the alternative medicine industry.

How Much Do You Love Science? Interview with Elise Andrew

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July 1, 2013
How Much Do You Love Science? Interview with Elise Andrew

Elise Andrew is a U.K. blogger, social media specialist, science communicator, and webmaster. She is the founder and maintainer of the Facebook page “I F****** Love Science,” which as of June 2013, has 5.6 million likes.

Retreating to the Church of Anti-Vaccination

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June 3, 2013
Retreating to the Church of Anti-Vaccination

Australian Media and Politicians Taking Steps to Stamp Out Pseudoscience

Getting Into Pterosaur Trouble – An Interview With Daniel Loxton

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April 3, 2013
Getting Into Pterosaur Trouble – An Interview With Daniel Loxton

“The goal for Pterosaur Trouble and the other Tales of Prehistoric Life series books is persuasive photorealism—or heightened realism, anyway. I want it to look like I just popped back in time with my camera and took some nature photographs. That concept constrains every aspect of the creation of the illustrations.”

Bad Pharma – Interview with Ben Goldacre

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February 27, 2013
Bad Pharma – Interview with Ben Goldacre

Dr. Ben Goldacre is a best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks. For this interview, we discuss the extent of the problems that face the medical establishment and what we can do to solve these problems.

The Birthday Of Burzynski – Skeptics Fundraise For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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February 1, 2013
The Birthday Of Burzynski – Skeptics Fundraise For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On January 23, the Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients delivered a birthday present to Houston cancer quack Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski and the Burzynski Clinic: a donation of around $13,000 raised in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – with a request that the clinic match those funds for the hospital.

Talking Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria – Senior Science Correspondent at Huffington Post

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January 2, 2013
Talking Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria – Senior Science Correspondent at Huffington Post

Cara Santa Maria – Huffington Post’s senior science correspondent and host of the “Talk Nerdy to Me” series. Her published research has spanned various topics, including clinical psychological assessment, the neuropsychology of blindness, neuronal cell culture techniques, and computational neurophysiology.

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Interview with Slau

Skeptical Briefs Volume 22.2, Summer 2012

Interviews

The (Christmas) Season For Reason With Young Critical Thinkers

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December 7, 2012
The (Christmas) Season For Reason With Young Critical Thinkers

A Discussion With Science Teacher Laurie Tarr.

In the Key of Type: A Conversation with Marian Call

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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In the Key of Type: A Conversation with Marian Call

Art and skepticism do complement each other wonderfully in her work, but Call has slightly a different perspective: “In the end, I feel I’m firmly on the skeptic side, I believe. But I don’t see picking a side as my role as an artist. I see communication as my role.” Kylie Sturgess interviewed Call about her music and where skepticism harmonizes with art.

Sixth World Skeptics Congress–Berlin 2012

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.5, September/October 2012

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Sixth World Skeptics Congress–Berlin 2012

The conference, held in Berlin from May 18–20, 2012, was a lively mixed gathering of people with a great number of countries represented both on the stage and in the audience.

Waldorf Steiner and Education – Weird and (Not So) Wonderful Schools

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November 7, 2012
Waldorf Steiner and Education – Weird and (Not So) Wonderful Schools

An Interview with Quackometer’s Andy Lewis

Decoding Immortality and Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines

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October 15, 2012
Decoding Immortality and Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines

An Interview with Science Television Creator Sonya Pemberton.

If You Know Shuzi Like the Merseyside Skeptics Know Shuzi: Testing the Shuzi Sports Band Video

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September 26, 2012
If You Know Shuzi Like the Merseyside Skeptics Know Shuzi: Testing the Shuzi Sports Band Video

The Merseyside Skeptics recently launched a video called Testing the Shuzi Sports Band. In order to find out more about its creation, I spoke to Mike Hall of the Merseyside Skeptics.

Robin Ince – Comedy, Skepticism, And Happiness Through Science

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September 13, 2012
Robin Ince – Comedy, Skepticism, And Happiness Through Science

Robin Ince is a comedian you might recognise as the co-presenter of BBC Radio’s The Infinite Monkey Cage with physicist Brian Cox—he’s also the creator of stage-show and author of The Bad Book Club: One Man’s Quest to Uncover the Books That Taste Forgot and the creator of the Australian feature movie Razzle Dazzle.

A Change For The Better: The Geek Manifesto – An Interview With Mark Henderson

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August 6, 2012
A Change For The Better: The Geek Manifesto – An Interview With Mark Henderson

After the first QEDCon in 2011, I interviewed Mark Henderson for Token Skeptic Episode #55, while attending a session of the Westminster Skeptics in the pub. We talked about a book he was in the process of writing while working as the Science Editor for The Times newspaper. That book, The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters, is out now.

Creationism, Accelerated Christian Education, and the Loch Ness Monster

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June 29, 2012
Creationism, Accelerated Christian Education, and the Loch Ness Monster

An Interview With Jonny Scaramanga

Leo Igwe—The Constant Fight Against Irrationality

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June 6, 2012
Leo Igwe—The Constant Fight Against Irrationality

Interview from the Sixth World Skeptics Congress, Berlin

Mythbusting Makeup: Skepticism and Cosmetic Claims

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May 9, 2012
Mythbusting Makeup: Skepticism and Cosmetic Claims

There’s two things the general public are guaranteed to be concerned about: their health and the contents of their wallets. Yet somehow we are drawn to claims that you can make your thighs thin via a tube of goop and eagerly purchase promises of perfect complexions through using gunk best slapped on with a spatula.

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