"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.

John Cleese and Michael Palin debate religion

I thought folks here might enjoy this:

It's a bit slow to start with but definitely worth it by the end.

Is Homeopathy just water?


But you don't need to take my word for it. We have the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths themselves admitting in January of 2010 that it is nothing more than water. I quote from their spokeswoman Mary Glaisyer:

"theres not one molecule of the original substance remaining" source- http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1001/S00073.htm

Site Update : roles

Hey all,

I've made some changes to the way the forums and users work. We have a new role that is required to be able to post to the forum. This is the skeptic role. Everyone currently on the site should have had it applied to their user account. New members will not initially have this role. After 3 days it shall be applied to their account automatically. Hopefully this will prevent spammers from bothering with us.

There are also a few new forums.

A question for Smartgirl regarding Homeopathy

Following on from your recent advocacy of Homeopathy I have a question that I would like you to answer if you can.

Q&A for alternative medicine claims (moderated to keep it readable)

I think we need a moderated thread for the discussion of some alternative medicine claims as the other threads are becoming a jumble of confusion.

There is a format to this thread, if the format is not followed what you write DISAPPEARS.

Ask one question, wait till it has been answered then argue your position if needed.


I call you all and challenge your collective position on Scientific knowledge!

SKEPTICs : Modern Day "Flat Earthers"?

Please correct me if I'm wrong but I understand "Skeptics" as being all those who believe that ONLY That which has thus far been "proven", to be acceptable, to have relevance.
My understanding and view of "skeptics" organisations is that

1) they wish to hold on to the tried and true.

More than this, (this is my critisism of organisations such as this).
2).They wish to IMPOSE their beliefs on the public
. They wish to insist that we cling on to the Tried and True

Skeptics in the Pub for June, Thursday 7th in the Mao Bar on George Street. 7pm. Be there.

This week we are opening a parcel from Steve Darroch and I suspect it may be jammed full of placebo wrist bands. Jeff Grigg owes me thirty dollars. He gets fifteen of the suckers, and I dare him to wear them all at once. A megaplacebo superpower balance will result. A new superhero will be born. Captain middle America.
Talking with David Guest, we have some prize woo all the way from England to get our teeth into.
I want talk about Irlen Syndrome with you guys:
Some unbelievable bollocks being perpetrated about this syndrome.

If you haven't come across it yourself already...

The reddit page for skeptics and the like can be found below:


Can be quite useful when you're bored stiff.

Have fun,

water fluoridation


I want to ask you what your or "skeptics" views on water fluridation are. (I only got to a 2 or 3 meetups in last 1-2 years due to situation/condition so asking on here.)

From my general impressions of the few meetups I've been to, etc I'm guessing you will mostly be pro-fluoridation (and cite examples of seeming reduction of tooth decay in fluoridated areas)?

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