Too Many Too Soon? New Video Explores The Question

“Too many, too soon!” is the favored battle cry of the anti-vaccine crowd. Too many shots, too many antigens, too close together.”

AcademicEarth believes that everyone has the right to a world-class education, and recognizing the existing barriers in academia, they have continued their efforts to curate a collection of free online courses from the world’s top universities.

This video specifically looks at just one canard anti-vaccine parents cite as why they refuse to vaccinate, and why it’s misguided.

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Video from AcademicEarth: Too Many Too Soon?

Uncut Footage: Alister McGrath & Richard Dawkins on Christianity

While one of the more intellectual responses I have seen to Dawkins, McGrath’s points are ultimately utilitarian – ie: Having faith that God exists assists people to make sense of the world, therefore he exists.

A 15 Part series, videos are relatively short ~5 Minutes.


WordPress: Stuck at “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute”!

Having only recently installed WordPress and using it to power this, and other sites I’m working on I came across a problem when updating a couple of Plug-ins. I was performing an Automatic Update which just seemed to go on for far too long. Ensure your patient, as some upgrades DO take some time.

However, if you find your website is stuck at “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.” try the following:

  1. Connect to your Host via FTP, cPanel File Manager, or other File Management Client.
  2. Delete the “.maintenance” file in the root of your WordPress Installation. (If you installed it straight in to your domain, check “public_html”.)

During failed upgrades, the file will remain on the server – deleting it should restore your website’s functionality!

Did this work for you?


Project Barnum: An Easy Experiment

Here’s an easy-to-put-together experiment for Astrology from Project Barnum,


 Project Barnum is run by Hayley Stevens (, and more resources from Project Barnum can be located here.

If you loved the experiment, let others know!
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AE: Do atheists have faith?

An oft heard retort is that “it requires as much faith to believe there isn’t a god than to believe there is one”; a caller to the call-in program “Atheist Experience” suggested just that.

Be sure the stick around TILL THE END. I wasn’t expecting THAT response from the caller!


QualiaSoup: Skewed views of Science [Video]

IMO, QualiaSoup produces some of the most concise explanations of the topic in focus and produces videos with a good production value; I even use them at [Seek The Evidence] as a way of explaining various topics.

This particular video takes a look at the pitfalls of arguing against science from incomprehension or emotion.


Keynote: Neil DeGrasse Tyson at The Amazing Meeting 6 (TAM6)

Astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson is the host of NOVA scienceNOW on PBS, and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

His keynote address from TAM6 is regarded as one of the most entertaining presentations from any Amaz!ng Meeting.


16:36 Prayer and Cancer…..
19:50 Swami Levitation…..
24:11 MARS Virus…..
27:00 Fear Of Numbers…..
29:08 Naming Rights…..
38:15 Jury Duty 1…..
41:01 Jury Duty 2 (Cocaine)…..
52:34 Islam’s Fall…..
57:10 Religion and Science
1:02:50 Intelligent Design
1:03:30 Stupid Design (classic)
1:05:10 Birth of Atheism
1:07:30 Religion among scientist
1:12:26 Bible in the Classroom
1:15:49 Einstein and God put to rest!

The end of stuff you may have missed

No, no. Not the end of this blog.

Given that MobileRSS hasn’t updated since the release of Apples iOS 5.0, I’m going to cease having the “every-few-days” publication of “Stuff you may have missed”.

Overall, there’s far too much involved in getting it out other than the simple tap in MobileRSS that allowed me to add articles to my Google Reader Shared Feed, or my Favourites Feed, which was eventually used to publish to this blog.

This may change if Pulse, my now favorite RSS Reader adopts some of the suggestions I presented; specifically, the ability to share to Google Readers’ “Shared” and “Favourites” feeds.

There is however some projects I have been working on that have not had the attention they deserve, and a backlog of videos I’d like to share, so I’ll be queuing them up over the next few months.