"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 O'Malley batting for Homeopathy. Swings! Misses!

For those that missed it, this is the morning segment from RDU with Spanky and an homeopathic supporter. Not an actual homeopath, which may explain some of the weird ideas he was making up. Below is my response to this segment that, sadly, we didn't get notice of in time to participate. Breakfast with Spanky interviewed "Dr" John O'Malley DC about homeopathy. Personally I think Mary would have sounded less... wacky.

Tony Andrews

Local guy who has standing offer to psychics to prove their abilities. More info.

NZBus cave to pressure and break the law

The New Zealand Atheist Bus campaign suffered an entertaining setback today when they announced that NZBus, the company that would be carrying most of the advertising, has now rejected the campaign.

When Intelligence Goes Bad


Announcing a new Meetup for Christchurch Skeptics in the Pub!

What: When Intelligence Goes Bad

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 5:30 PM

The Twisted Hop
6 Poplar Street

Continuing the goal of having a speaker each month;

The talk will start at 6:30pm. We have the venue until 10pm. If things continue, we can move to the downstairs bar. The venue will have the bar open and bar snacks and meals are available.

A special thanks to The Twisted Hop for the special deal on the location.

NZ Skeptics Invite Homeopaths to Join Campaign

Following on from the Closeup TV interview, we decided to put up a challenge of our own to the NZ Council of Homeopaths to join the campaign. Here's why:

The New Zealand Skeptics are inviting homeopaths to join their call for pharmacies to stop selling homeopathic products, as both groups are opposed to the practice, albeit for different reasons.

Meet-up: 10:23 Take 2

Announcing a new Meetup for Christchurch Skeptics in the Pub!

What: 10:23 Take 2

When: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 11:45 AM

The Twisted Hop
6 Poplar Street

Hey all,

Vicki has been contacted by Jendy Harper to film a faux Skeptics in the Pub at the Hop on Wednesday around 12 noon, to go over homeopathic overdoses et al.

Jendy Harper is a reporter for Close Up and will have a film crew.

So... Who's up for lunch at The Twisted Hop and more Homeopathic ODing?

Learn more here:

Post 10:23 recap

Announcing a new Meetup for Christchurch Skeptics in the Pub!

What: Post 10:23 recap

When: Monday, February 8, 2010 5:30 PM

The Twisted Hop
6 Poplar Street

Post 10:23 recap.

Casualty count, response from NZHC, tearing down of the response from the NZHC.

Also, The CUSP, future speakers and anything anyone else wants to talk about.

Learn more here:

Reply to NZ Homeopathic Council Mass Overdose Press Release

January 30th, 2010 saw the first concerted world wide attempt to open the eyes of the general public to the reality of what Homeopathy really is.

The effort started with the 10:23 movement in the UK but was quickly picked up by many other skeptical groups around the world. The event was scheduled to start at 10:23am so, living in the future, Christchurch New Zealand was the first to hit the start time. We managed to get 25-30 people show up for the event which was pretty good for 2-3 days preparation.

Homeopaths Admit Expensive Concoctions Just Water

A public mass overdose of homeopathic remedies has forced the New
Zealand Council of Homeopaths to admit openly that their products do
not contain any "material substances". Council spokeswoman Mary
Glaisyer admitted publicly that "there´s not one molecule of the
original substance remaining" in the diluted remedies that form the
basis of this multi-million-dollar industry.

The Absolute Impossibility of Homeopathy

Hi all,

I enjoyed overdosing on Homeopathic Medicine this morning for the TV cameras, and since then I have been doing some thinking.

In particular, I've been pondering the numbers.

I think I have got my head around what the dilutions mean:

6x means "1 to 10 dilution, 6 times over"
30c means "1 to 100 dilution, 30 times over"
50M means "1 to 1,000,000 dilution, 50 times over"

Now, presuming I don't have the above system wrong, the sheer impossibility of these claims really smacked me in the face!

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