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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Log of Marits musings on the internet

Personal log, last updated 12.04.10

Writings (my own output)
I've also started writing more lately.
Here's the stuff that's been published so far.
Actually, no, this is not updated. Check my LinkedIn Profile for a complete list.

Argument: (only available in PDF)
#1 2010 - Richard Fortey interview - Det Darwin ikke visste. Page 50-51

#2 2010 - Article on 2012. - 2012 - En varslet undergang. Page 54-55

#3 2010 -

In October 2009 I got to interview Dan Dennett for this magazine. I'll post the interview when it's out. It is out. Will be postet shortly along with PZ Myers- interview and article on publication bias.

More issues can be found here:

Fri Tanke - Column on skepticism: "Skeptiker, så klart!" (only available in PDF)Ekte skepsis er ikke farlig. Page 29

Vaksineskeptikernes tankefeil. Page 31

Argument from authority. Page 17

More issues can be found here:

Marits Science-news KlubbMy science-news low-threshold service giving sporadic updates on the world of science and its recent discoveries.
Posts are sent out to members through the facebook-mail, and also posted on discussion forums.

I'm trying to be more active in debates, and this is my output so far.

Op-Ed piece about Women, superstition and the Women's Channel FEM
(Also mentioned here, here, here)

For some time, there was i debate about healing in Universitas, the norwegian student paper.
I could not be silent! Here is my reply:
The previous postings are linked to from here:
It seems I got the last word, too.

Interviews and media appearances

Quoted in a large tabloid when Lisa Williams was announced as a guest star in Princess Marthas supernatural shows, one line about cold reading

Comment on Norwegian Popular Science show Schrodingers Katts reporting on pseudoscientific phenomena.

Radio interview
Morgennytt med Anne Grosvold, 29.10.10, on Kritisk Masse
Kulturnytt 09.06.11, on Schrødingers Katt. Hvis du limer denne lenken inn i VLC kan du høre samtalen, hvor jeg nok var litt for snill. (Samtalen begynner på omtrent 50:00.)

TV Interview
Morgennytt, NRK, 29.10.10, on Kritisk Masse
TV2 Morgensending 30.10.10, on Kritisk Masse, and again on pseudoscience in media (Avisrunden)

I was at a conference about science communication in May 2012, and the back of my head appeared in the newspaper. (And it's a good article, too.)

Newspaper interview with Norway's student paper, Universitas, before Kritisk Masse in 2010.
Page 12-13

Radio Interview with Oslo Student Radio (RadioNova). The program is titled "grenseløst" or "without boundaries".

20.9. - Interview about Life after Death at TV2

Areopagos Christian magazine "Tørst". Interview/conversation between me and bishop Bernt Eidsvig of the Catholic Church, about Greed. Page 24-25.

Fri Tanke covered an event I participated in:

Radio Interview about ghosts for a student radio station, together with Norwegian Ghost Hunters.

I was briefly interviewed in an Universitas piece about the relationship between science and religion.

4. July I appeared in Dagbladet, commenting on Lisa Williams and psychics.


Other activities
Norway's first and so far only skepticism and science podcast: "A Pinch of Salt"

Fun stuff, appearances in blogs, media and the like.

I had the good fortune of meeting Phil Plait, Rebecca Watson, Sid Rodrigues, George Hrab and John Rennie at a skeptics party in New York in april 2009.

George Hrab talked about our meeting briefly on his podcast, Geologic Podcast, and Phil Plait linked to the episode, and also published a picture with half my face on it on his blog!

The Norwegian members magazine for the Humanist Association also has a web-based news-site. They joined us on one of our regular Drinking Skeptically-meetings.

In january of 2010, we got contacted by some journalism students at Høyskolen i Oslo. They wanted to make a radio-report on skepticism, linking it to a recent trend-analysis by Synovate suggesting science and skepticism is about to become more popular. I talked to them quite a bit before and after we went to "The Men Who Stare At Goats" based on the book by Jon Ronson.

PZ Myers is coming to Oslo! I wrote a post on the Skepsis.no forums to let people know, and within a day, he had reposted my words on his website. The link to the forum post can also be found in his post.

I got to eat dinner with him too, since I happen to be working on my master's degree at the research center that invited him, and they know I'm a nerd. I was at that dinner! Oh man!

After I sent him a few pics, I got another mention on the blog and he posted one of my photos of his visit, too.

During Atheist Alliance International conference in Copenhagen (Gods and Politics), a few fun things happened, but this was one of the funnest. Randi performing a magic trick on me.
Just video: http://twitvid.com/NVXDI

At TAM London in 2010, after a similar stint at AAI earlier the same year, my brother convinced Richard Wiseman to mention how many dwarves were actually cast in The Wizard of Oz. There is no proof, but you can trust this tweet. https://twitter.com/b3ndik/status/27624504067

Our conference on science and critical thinking, Kritisk Masse, has been getting some press lately.
Fri Tanke (also in print edition #3, 2010)
Aftenposten blogg

Other stoff I'm involved in somehow:
Norwegian 10:23 (link1, link2)

James Randis visit to Norway April 2011. I helped introduce him! (Link to video from Trondheim.)

During the summer of 2011, my brother and I went to The Amaz!ng Meeting in Las Vegas, and PZ Myers ran into us in the hallway.
http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/07/17/scenes-from-a-tam/ Later that summer, PZ visited Oslo, and we organized this little meetup for him: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2011/08/06/hey-norway/

Activities I was involved in 2010
Facebook-based book club for popular science books.

Skepsiskonferansen 2010
Norwegian conference on science and skepticism. Named Kritisk Masse. (Critical Mass)
To be held 29-31st October. Website, Facebook, Twitter
Homo Religiosus? Hvorfor er mennesket religiøst? (Why are humans religious?)
Multidisciplinary seminar on religion. Involves biologists, theologians, historians of religion, psychologists, og archeologists. To be held Friday and Saturday 16th and 17th of September 2010. Will give more info when it is available.

Biologisk Fagutvalg (BFU)I'm currently in the student's association for Biologists. This is the connecting point between the students and the Institute for Biology. I participate in a range of activites through this. (Abovementioned seminar on religion partially included.)

Fruktbar Fredag
Bi-weekly popular science lectures based around biology. Check out our facebook page here, and our website here (videos from selected talks will be published here as they are ready):

Frokost hos Kristine (Breakfast at Kristine's)The Biology-building is named after Norways first female professor, renowned biologist, Kristine Bonnevie. Every week we serve students and staff at the house breakfast and some light learning based on activites at the Institute, or some other scientifically based endevour. I got this started on my own, and ran it pretty much alone (some help with preparing the breakfast most weeks, luckily) for the first semester. Now we're a wonderful team of 6.


Books I´ve Read

Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion
Richard Dawkins - The Selfish Gene
David Sloan Wilson - Evolution for Everyone
Neil Shubin - Your Inner Fish
Victor J. Stenger - The God Hypothesis
Phil Plait - Bad Astronomy
James Randi - Flim-Flam!
Michael Shermer - Why People Believe Weird Things
Michael Shermer - Why Darwin Matters
Charles Darwin - On the Origin of Species
Charles Darwin - Autobiography
Richard Feynman - Why, Surely You´re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
Richard Feynman - What do You Care What Other People Think?
Christopher Hitchens - God is Not Great
Michel Onfray - In Defense of Atheism
Richard Wiseman - Quirkology
Alan Weisman - The World Without Us
Richard Fortey - Dry Storeroom Nr. 1
Levitt / Dubner - Freakonomics
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dan Barker - Godless
Phil Plait - Death from the Skies
Peter Farb - Word Play
Jerry Coyne - Why Evolution Is True
David Bodanis - Electric Universe
Ben Goldacre - Bad Science

Books I´m Reading

Jon Ronson - The Men Who Stare At Goats

Books On Hold

Carl Zimmer - Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins
Jared Diamond - Guns, Germs and Steel
Oliver Sacks - Musicophilia
Michael Shermer - Borderlands of Science
Robbins Burling - The Talking Ape
David J. Linden - The Accidental Mind

Books I´m going to read (bought)

Richard Dawkins - The Extended Phenotype
Richard Dawkins - The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing
Helena Cronin - The Ant and the Peacock
Jonah Lehrer - How We Decide
Thompson - On Growth and Form
Ian Stewart - Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities
Wilson and Daly - Homicide
Christopher Hitchens - The Portable Atheist
Michael Shermer - Mind of the Market
Lewis Wolpert - Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Albert Camus - The Myth of Sisyphus
Carl Sagan - Billions and Billions
Philip Zimbardo - The Lucifer Effect
Paul Davies - The Goldilocks Enigma
Steven Pinker - The Blank Slate
Steven Pinker - The Stuff of Thought
Steven Pinker - The Language Instinct
Steve Jones - The Language of the Genes
Neil DeGrasse Tyson - Death By Black Hole