Category Archives: Science Lady

WHAT ABOUT THE MEN? PART 1: INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY – 19th NOVEMBER

WHAT ABOUT THE MEN? PART 1: INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY – 19th NOVEMBER

I’d hoped to get writing my “What about the men?” series a lot sooner than this, but I figured that International Men’s Day would be a suitable place to start. Or as I like to call it, “International where-are-all-the-dudes-who-were-asking-about-international-men’s-day-on-international-women’s-day Day”. It’s the same every International Women’s Day (which is 8th March) – all the Neanderthals congregate…

REVERSE-ENGINEERING THE ENVIRONMENT: URBAN FLOOD PLAINS

REVERSE-ENGINEERING THE ENVIRONMENT: URBAN FLOOD PLAINS

I grew up in a coastal area, which used to be prone to flooding until robust sea defences were built in the 70s and 80s. My parents had many stories of homes being evacuated and the army being brought in to place sandbags, and so I grew up considering flooding to be a risk only…

TALKING ABOUT TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH – THE Q&A (PART 2)

TALKING ABOUT TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH – THE Q&A (PART 2)

Last time, I posted responses to questions I was asked during the Q&A on the night of my talk “Are We Mental?”. Today, I’m posting responses to a couple of questions I was sent by email, from someone who was in the audience. Their initial question was related to Slide 13, the one with the ableist…

TALKING ABOUT TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH – THE Q&A (PART 1)

TALKING ABOUT TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH – THE Q&A (PART 1)

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Q&A at our Skeptical Soapbox was as good as each of the talks. An opportunity for the speaker to think on their feet and demonstrate that they know their stuff. Here I will share some of the questions I was asked, and my responses: “You said that we…

TALKING ABOUT TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

TALKING ABOUT TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

CN: Derogatory terms for mental health conditions and those affected by them. On Thursday just gone, I took part in the annual Skeptical Soapbox held by the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society (GMSS). The idea is that members of the society give a short talk on a subject with a skeptical connection.

SKEPTICAL SOAPBOX 11th AUGUST 2016

SKEPTICAL SOAPBOX 11th AUGUST 2016

Once a year, the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society (GMSS) holds a Soapbox event, in which members of the society are invited to give a short (15-minutes-ish + Q&A) talk. On the night there are usually 3 or 4 speakers. Ordinarily, more prominent speakers are invited for GMSS”s monthly event; once a year the attendees are…

TO-DO LIST, OR, HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT IF YOU CAN’T BOIL THE OCEAN?

TO-DO LIST, OR, HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT IF YOU CAN’T BOIL THE OCEAN?

The above are two phrases I’d never encountered before, but they mean the same thing. For when you have a seemingly insurmountable task, or if you’re taking on too much, they seem apposite: “How do you eat an elephant?” “One bit at a time” Your task may be complex, long or overwhelming, but you can…

HOW ARE YOU TODAY – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 5

HOW ARE YOU TODAY – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 5

Another post about language, but not in the manner of previous posts. I won’t be spouting poetry, or analysing turns-of-phrase. This is about communication, connection, and companionship. I’ve written before about Manchester’s homelessness problem (let me stress here that it is not the homeless that are the problem, it’s homelessness), which is something that us…

THIRD-PERSON SINGULAR “THEY” – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 4

THIRD-PERSON SINGULAR “THEY” – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 4

I’m not going to touch on the “correctness” of the use of “they” as a preferred pronoun – I enjoy arguments over prescriptive vs. descriptive use of language, but that’s been done elsewhere. I want to talk about why the use of “they” to describe an individual (in a gender-neutral sense) has practical uses for…

QUESTION YOURSELF – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 2

QUESTION YOURSELF – THE BEAUTY OF LANGUAGE PART 2

One of my friends wrote an eloquent and meaningful poem on Facebook, and it captures not only the beauty of words, but also the problem of being too sure about oneself in debate, and the need to examine one’s own biases. [Skeptic friends, take heed] (Check our her Twitter & YouTube, she posts some interesting,…

CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE (PART ONE)

CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE (PART ONE)

In which the fear of revealing my fear of Fear Itself is greater than the fear of Fear Itself. [CN: abuse, mental health, brain injury, detailed explanation of why I’m probably so screwed up] I find it helpful to hear the experiences of those who are different to me; I think it gives us all an…