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The Ockham Awards for Skeptical Activism 2015

Ockham's Razor - Shaving away unnecessary assumptions since 1285

Last year at QEDcon, we at The Skeptic were delighted to run another Ockham Awards ceremony: the now annual event is designed to draw attention to - and thank - those people who work so hard in their free time to get a great message out there.

Over the years - with your help - we've managed to show the community's appreciation for those like Jonny Scaramanga, The Nightingale Collaboration, Skeptics on the Fringe and many others.

Thanks so much to all those of you who voted online in 2014's Ockhams. Now, we need your input again, to help us find skepticism’s best and most vigorous communicators for 2015.

A quick reminder: The Skeptic is the UK’s only regular magazine to take a skeptical look at pseudoscience and claims of the paranormal. Our strapline is “pursuing truth through reason and evidence”. We distribute to an international audience and report on international news too.

If you don’t subscribe to the magazine but still want to vote – that’s fine! Perhaps you go to Skeptics in the Pub regularly or Café Scientifique. Perhaps you keep up with podcasts or blogs that have a bearing on the UK scene. We’d still love to hear from you. If you want to vote in only one category, that’s fine.

We’re looking for -

1. Quality. As easy as that!

2. Success of outreach. This is judges both in terms of absolute numbers (did they get to a lot of people) and how ‘intrepid’ that outreach was (are they preaching to the choir or getting new people interested in skepticism?)

3. Relevance to the UK ‘scene’ and, therefore, the bulk of our readership. This doesn’t mean that the candidate has to be UK-based at all - last year’s winners included overseas and international short-listers - just that they should cover content that is relevant to our readership and be known in the UK.

The categories are shortlisted with the help of your votes, and the winners chosen from the final five by our judges.


Best Blog

Vote for the best blog of 2014 here:


Best Podcast

Vote for the best podcast of 2014 here:


Best Event/Campaign

Vote for a skeptical event or campaign that happened during 2014 here:


Thank you for your votes.

Nominations close on 14th  March 2015.


Next Issue

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Hello readers and subscribers. The next issue is out now, and includes:

- An interview with geneticist and popular science book author Professor Steve Jones. We talk genes, epidemics and religion.

- Hedgehog aficianado Hugh Warwick discusses that unquantifiable - passion - in the context of science.

- Professor Jason Braithwaite and Hayley Dewe wield Occam's chainsaw to demolish dualist interpretations of the near-death experience

- Ex-policeman Stevyn Colgan takes another angle on policing

- Compound Interest provides 'The Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science'

Plus all the usual columns, puzzles and features.


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