"A skeptic is one who prefers beliefs and conclusions that are reliable and valid to ones that are comforting or convenient, and therefore rigorously and openly applies the methods of science and reason to all empirical claims, especially their own. A skeptic provisionally proportions acceptance of any claim to valid logic and a fair and thorough assessment of available evidence, and studies the pitfalls of human reason and the mechanisms of deception so as to avoid being deceived by others or themselves. Skepticism values method over any particular conclusion." - Dr. Steven Novella of The New England Skeptics and The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast.

Site reboot

So... since I went on the walk some time back the site appears to have fallen into disuse. One of the plans for this year is to reboot the site.

Fluoridation critic still unhappy after ad complaint rejected

I'm wondering why this made it as a news story at all. The tl;dr; for it would read "Psudeoscience promoter whines about having complaint rejected due to facts."

The Limits Of Knowledge. Or science. Take your pick.

OK, so this could go in several places, but this is as good as any so I'll just leave this here

http://tinyurl.com/a6tytgx

A few great YouTube channels for you all...

You'll be able to find 'em easily by using the YouTube search engine. Here are the channels:

1) geekandsundry (Wil Wheaton hosts a few videos here)
2) Nerdist
3) numberphile
4) scishow
5) Vsauce
6) Vsauce2 (both Vsauce and Vsauce2 have a lot of cool science related videos)
7) Vsauce3 (gaming related)

I'm never gonna read a Listverse article the same way again...

Just came across a new Listverse article about why creationism should be taught in schools. (In case you hadn't heard of it before, Listverse provides user created top ten lists about various topics.) They're usually quite good, I reckon, but this one was just terrible.

Here's the link: http://www.google.com/reader/view/#stream/user%2F10881419075791339497%2F...

Enjoy,
Chris

Atheism Survey

There is a new survey online that is attempting to get some information on atheists and atheism around the world.

It will take about 20-30 minutes depending on how much information you want to give. No personal information is collected.

The AVN Congratulates Fran Sheffield and Homeopathy Plus on Bent Spoon Award!

So, the Australian Vaccination Network, Inc. just put out a media release congratulating the recipient of the Bent Spoon at this years Aus Skeptics conference. I did find one bit of it interesting though.

Terminology used in the vax vs anti-vax 'debate'

I just read Homeopathy regime is rejected as judge tells parents to immunise child on the SMH site. The story is sad in that it has to be reported on at all but that's not what I was wondering about for the purpose of this post. It is more about the terminology used in the article.

Meetup: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Astrology, wft?

So I was looking at an e-mail from Meetup and saw a suggestion from the Six Degrees group. I was thinking that Meetup's recommendation algorithms could use some work because the last thing I saw in that group was someone pushing Reiki lessons.

Idea for debate session at the 2013 NZ Skeptics Conference

Following on from a meeting a couple of days ago to begin planning for the 2013 NZ Skeptics conference here in Wellington I have been thinking about a subject that could make for a good and worthwhile debate.

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