Touchy Professors and Institutional Disinterest

Whilst we'll never know the full story, the recent BuzzFeed article outlining complaints against well-known planet-hunting Astronomer Geoff Marcy by several former UC Berkeley students is representative of a much larger problem. Although I'm disappointed it's Marcy at the center of this, I'm saddened more by the knowledge this is the tip of the iceberg. … Continue reading Touchy Professors and Institutional Disinterest

Special Event April 19 in Melbourne: ‘Are we alone? The hunt for E.T’

On Friday 19th April I shall be attending a special event with Ed Brown in Melbourne. Tickets are $30 per person. Why not come along? ARE WE ALONE? THE HUNT FOR E.T. Are we alone in this vast universe, or are there planets outside our solar system teeming with life? That’s the question a panel … Continue reading Special Event April 19 in Melbourne: ‘Are we alone? The hunt for E.T’

Australian Skeptics’ National Convention 2012

My good friends from the Australian Skeptics (Vic branch), aka. 'Vic Skeptics' are putting on a rational show this year, showcasing skeptical activism. Guests include the famed 'Amazing' Randi, founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation, SkepChick Rebecca Watson of the SGU, evidence-based medicine campaigner Dr. Ken Harvey, JREF President DJ Grothe, Australian Skeptics President … Continue reading Australian Skeptics’ National Convention 2012


There's a parasite feeding upon my soul. It's a shapeless spectre, a black panther stalking just beyond the reach of the campfire light. I've never seen it directly, but I feel it there, watching, waiting. It has no mind of its own. It survives by co-opting mine, turning my very thoughts against me like some … Continue reading Spectre

Anxiety in verse

The rumble of ominous thunder announces the pending approach. A lingering, menacing spectre, taking hold and squeezing your throat. You foolishly think you have time to prepare for your terrible fate But your countermeasures are no match, and anyway you've left them too late. With sudden ferocity it's on you - your intellect can't help … Continue reading Anxiety in verse

On public displays of vulnerability

I've been adrift of late. I had stayed the course on fair winds for much of my life, navigating my way successfully from one planned waypoint to the next, dealing with the occasional storm quite well and never doubting my ability to steer through the tempests of life. But then I seemed to lose my … Continue reading On public displays of vulnerability


I'm struggling with self-worth today, which has been an ongoing theme for a while. I have roles to play which are important to people - my role as a father, a husband, a cog in the machine at work - but the value of these roles isn't a value of me, but the function I … Continue reading Value