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Curiouser and Curiouser

A column by Kylie Sturgess

ExpeRimental Science on YouTube with Alom Shaha

ExpeRimental Science on YouTube with Alom Shaha

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
September 8, 2014

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

Schooling for Good Sleep—Interview with Richard Wiseman

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
June 9, 2014

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

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

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
April 29, 2014

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

Rapping Evolution – An Interview With Baba Brinkman

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
March 20, 2014

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

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

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
February 14, 2014

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

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

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
January 30, 2014

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

Mythbusting Monsters – Abominable Science With Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
January 2, 2014

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

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

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
December 3, 2013

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

Of Stars and Scientific Phenomena – Interview With Professor Brian Cox

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
October 3, 2013

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

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

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
July 19, 2013

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

How Much Do You Love Science? Interview with Elise Andrew

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
July 1, 2013

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

Retreating to the Church of Anti-Vaccination

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
June 3, 2013

Australian Media and Politicians Taking Steps to Stamp Out Pseudoscience

Getting Into Pterosaur Trouble – An Interview With Daniel Loxton

Getting Into Pterosaur Trouble – An Interview With Daniel Loxton

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
April 3, 2013

“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

Bad Pharma – Interview with Ben Goldacre

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
February 27, 2013

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

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

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
February 1, 2013

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

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

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
January 2, 2013

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.

The (Christmas) Season For Reason With Young Critical Thinkers

The (Christmas) Season For Reason With Young Critical Thinkers

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
December 7, 2012

A Discussion With Science Teacher Laurie Tarr.

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

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

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
November 7, 2012

An Interview with Quackometer’s Andy Lewis

Decoding Immortality and Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines

Decoding Immortality and Jabbed: Love, Fear and Vaccines

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
October 15, 2012

An Interview with Science Television Creator Sonya Pemberton.

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

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

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
September 26, 2012

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

Robin Ince – Comedy, Skepticism, And Happiness Through Science

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
September 13, 2012

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

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

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
August 6, 2012

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

Creationism, Accelerated Christian Education, and the Loch Ness Monster

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
June 29, 2012

An Interview With Jonny Scaramanga

Leo Igwe—The Constant Fight Against Irrationality

Leo Igwe—The Constant Fight Against Irrationality

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
June 6, 2012

Interview from the Sixth World Skeptics Congress, Berlin

Mythbusting Makeup: Skepticism and Cosmetic Claims

Mythbusting Makeup: Skepticism and Cosmetic Claims

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
May 9, 2012

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.

James Randi: An Honest Liar

James Randi: An Honest Liar

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
March 21, 2012

Interview with Documentary Filmmakers Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom

World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, May 18–20th 2012: Promoting Science in an Age of Uncertainty

World Skeptics Congress in Berlin, May 18–20th 2012: Promoting Science in an Age of Uncertainty

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
February 15, 2012

An interview with Amardeo Sarma, founder and chairman of the German Society for the Scientific Investigation of Para-Sciences (GWUP), chairman of the European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO), and fellow and Executive Council member of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Wings over the Woodford Folk Festival

Wings over the Woodford Folk Festival

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
January 25, 2012

Protesting by Plane with the Stop The Anti-Vaccination Network

On Stanislaw Burzynski, the Streisand Effect, and Standing Up for Skeptical Bloggers

On Stanislaw Burzynski, the Streisand Effect, and Standing Up for Skeptical Bloggers

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
December 19, 2011

An Interview with Andy Lewis of Quackometer

On Codes of Conduct, Part II

On Codes of Conduct, Part II

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
November 29, 2011

Sexism, Skepticism and Civility Online: an Interview with Jennifer Ouellette

From Ghost-Believing to Ghost-Busting with Project Barnum: Interview with Hayley Stevens

From Ghost-Believing to Ghost-Busting with Project Barnum: Interview with Hayley Stevens

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
November 4, 2011

Project Barnum exists to educate the public and venue providers about techniques that psychics and mediums often attempt to pass off as supernatural ability.

New Zealand Skepticism in the Shaking City

New Zealand Skepticism in the Shaking City

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
October 7, 2011

Rationalism and Rebuilding at the Christchurch Convention, 2011

Interview With Professor Richard Wiseman

Interview With Professor Richard Wiseman

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
August 10, 2011

I was fortunate enough to see Richard Wiseman, a popular figure on the skeptical scene, present in Australia as a part of National Science Week...

Codes of Conduct: A Brief History of Civility, Inclusivity, Sexism and Skepticism

Codes of Conduct: A Brief History of Civility, Inclusivity, Sexism and Skepticism

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
July 20, 2011

In skepticism, the double-X chromosome is not queen; the broader landscape of gender politics is inescapable and influences how we interact with others and ...

Spreading the Skeptical Word through Music and Comedy

Spreading the Skeptical Word through Music and Comedy

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
April 7, 2011

An Interview with Tim Minchin

From Manchester to Antarctica: Protesting Online and Worldwide

From Manchester to Antarctica: Protesting Online and Worldwide

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
March 24, 2011

An Interview with Paul Willis

Critical Thinking in the Classroom and Beyond

Critical Thinking in the Classroom and Beyond

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
March 10, 2011

An Interview with Michael Blanford of the James Randi Educational Foundation

Speaking of Skeptical Activism

Speaking of Skeptical Activism

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
January 24, 2011

An Interview with Skeptically Speaking's Desiree Schell.

The Amazing Meeting Australia—The Token Skeptic Interviews

The Amazing Meeting Australia—The Token Skeptic Interviews

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
December 14, 2010

During my time at the conference, I took the opportunity to get as much feedback from the participants and the audience about their experiences...

Science Fiction and Skepticism:

Science Fiction and Skepticism:

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
November 30, 2010

An Interview with Scott Sigler

10:23 Campaign in 2011: An Interview with Andy Wilson of http://www.1023.org.uk

10:23 Campaign in 2011: An Interview with Andy Wilson of http://www.1023.org.uk

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
October 19, 2010

On Jan 30, 2010 at 10:23am, more than three hundred skeptics in the UK took part in a mass homeopathic overdose...

Looking for  the Gorillas in Our Midst

Looking for the Gorillas in Our Midst

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
September 24, 2010

An interview with Professor Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris

From Steampunk to Skepticism: Outreach at DragonCon 2010

From Steampunk to Skepticism: Outreach at DragonCon 2010

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
September 16, 2010

Dragon*Con 2010 was estimated to draw more than 40,000 fans, dealers, exhibitors, artists, guests, and volunteers from all over the world...

Embiggen Books Bookshop

Embiggen Books Bookshop

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
June 29, 2010

Warren Bonett is the proprietor of the Embiggen Books Bookshop in Noosaville, Queensland, in northeast Australia, a bookshop devoted to rationalism and science.

The ‘Token Skeptic’ at the Rise of Atheism—Global Atheist Convention, Melbourne, Australia

The ‘Token Skeptic’ at the Rise of Atheism—Global Atheist Convention, Melbourne, Australia

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
March 31, 2010

Kylie Sturgess relates her experience as a skeptic attending the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, Australia.

Interview with Bruce M. Hood

Interview with Bruce M. Hood

by Kylie Sturgess
Curiouser and Curiouser
March 5, 2010

Interview with the director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre in the experimental psychology department at the University of Bristol.