Poking the bear

It’s funny how one little quote can inspire such vitriol and anger.

When I was emailed by Ed Power about his impending article for the Irish Independent I immediately thought of one of our skeptics, Jamie. He is much more interested in the “conspiracy theory” end of skepticism and also runs a really interesting group called the Longnow Foundation for Dublin.

So this one little quote, mentioning this website brought down a small (okay, tiny) hail of brimstone down on myself today. I suppose this what happens when you put an email address out there – eventually someone will email you who doesn’t exactly agree with you world view.

Poking the bear

Richard Wiseman – May 5th Skeptics in the Exchange

Once again we are lucky enough to bag ourselves an amazing guest through luck and serendipity.

Richard Wiseman has very kindly offered to give us a talk call “Researching the Impossible” at 9pm, Thursday May 5th in Exchange Dublin.

As always in the Exchange we can bring along our own cake, snacks and (non-alcoholic) drinks. Have a look at some of the pictures from the George Hrab gig to see some of delicious treats we enjoyed! Also there is a kettle and mugs, so you can even have a cuppa and enjoy a world-class talk.

See you then!

Richard Wiseman – May 5th Skeptics in the Exchange

1023 Campaign Overdose hits Dublin (Airport)

Fresh off the plane from Manchester, having spent a hectic fun-filled weekend at the QED Conference, some Irish Skeptics did us proud and overdosed on homeopathic Belladonna in Dublin Airport:

For more info on the 1023 Campaign, visit here.

Homeopathy – There’s Nothing In It

1023 Campaign Overdose hits Dublin (Airport)

The times they are a’changing

Hi all,

Once again there is going to be a bit of a shake up in the land of skepticireland.com and the Skeprechauns.

Due to work demands etc. some people will be stepping back and others will be forging forward to keep delivering you the Irish content you have come to expect from our mythical beings and mere mortals alike!

I will be stepping into the breach to look after the website and take care of podcasts. If you want to contact me regarding these in the mean time you can catch me @DJBexbot on Twitter or through the Irish Skeptics in the Pub, Dublin Facebook page.

The times they are a’changing

The Vatican Gets WikiLeaked

The ongoing WikiLeaks cable saga has split the opinionated media masses, both mainstream and “amateur”, to a degree not seen since a man lacking the pallid hues of his predecessors threatened to become President of the United States of America. Opinion seems to be split between WikiLeaks being a force for good, WikiLeaks being a force for evil, WikiLeaks being mostly a device for Julian Assange to pick up chicks, and some combination there-of. And while many have lamented that we’re not learning anything we didn’t know already (though I would argue this is blatantly not true), if nothing else seeing official confirmation of what everyone always suspected makes for fascinating reading.

Thus it was with girlish glee I fell upon the recently released batch of cables relating specifically to the Vatican, all of which rather wonderfully confirmed my preconceived notions of the Holy See’s Nation as a hierarchical, out of touch rabble of self-serving politicians. Thus it is we learn the Pope was uncomfortable with moves to allow the predominately Muslim Turkey join the EU as it would undermine his desire to build on the Christian foundations of Europe, while hoping the close ties between Poland and the Vatican would allow Poland to “serve as a counter-weight to Western European secularism as the nation makes itself more at home in an integrated Europe”.

The Vatican Gets WikiLeaked