Perhaps we should participate on this side of the world?
Announcing a new Meetup for Christchurch Skeptics in the Pub!
What: Keynote Speaker - Vicki Hyde of NZ Skeptics Inc
When: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 6:00 PM
The Twisted Hop
6 Poplar Street
An evening of Critical Thinking in two parts. Following on with my goal of having at least one Speaker a month I thought it would be fitting to have the keynote for the year being presented by Vicki Hyde, Chair Entity of NZ Skeptics Inc. Vicki has kindly agreed with me on this.
Part The First:
Christopher (I think) suggested that we get Gareth Renowden @hottopicnz of the Hot Topic blog and the author of the book of the same name to speak on climate change and it's impact on NZ. Hot Topic is the first popular science book to examine global warming from a New Zealand perspective, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ's first ever Science Book Prize. The judges described it as "timely, lucid, and very readable".
I'm not a big fan of New Year Resolutions. They tend to be things that you never get around to until it's too late and at that point... well... it's too late.
So instead, I'm getting a few goals. Some are personal, others aren't and some are aimed firmly at NZ Skeptics in the Pub.
When: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 7:30 PM
Lets keep the good momentum going for Skeptics in the Pub and get our first meeting for 2010 underway!
Just wondering if there's any way for me to receive SITP FORUM content. I don't get a chance to do general web surfing much, and fear I'm missing out on lots of potentially interesting discussions on here. Individual messages or content summaries via email or ideally a feed would help me keep up with what's happening here.
A member of my family (J) has alopecia (sp?) and has been "prescribed" (i.e. sold by a health store) colloidal silica gel (link below) to help.
I would like any practical advice on how I - as a non-scientific, non-medical skeptic - can make a judgement on how likely this product is to be helpful beyond placebo effect. The claims on the product page itself seem fairly woolly to me.
Who would have thought that a married couple had sex? It appears that the catholic church do not like the idea of portraying Mary as a wife and mother, and would rather keep the myth of her virginity alive and well.
This billboard in Auckland was defaced after only four hours.
The NZ atheist bus campaign was officially launched today. They are relying solely on donations from the public, so please if you feel inclined to spread the idea of rational thought in a secular humanist society, head over there and give them a couple of dollars.