"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.

AVN Autisim Webinar Slides

Last night I had the unfortunate experience of attending one of Meryl Dorey's webinars on homeopathy and it's use in treating autism. There were a number of us ( @podblack, @dianne_, @bastardsheep, @fuzztwin and @joel_birch) in a skype back channel taking notes.

British military ends UFO hotline

The truth - and the UFOs - may be out there, but nobody in the British military is listening anymore.

nelson skeptics arise

hi everyone , as a new member and avid (but isolated)skeptic, i would love to get in touch with any nelson/tasman skeptics who are interested in meeting up.in this beautiful region we unfortunatly have more than our fair share wo practitioners,taking money and giving false hope to the population who deserve better.please contact and let me know your thoughts on nelson meetings .

Google Wave

Hey all,

Anyone want a google wave account? I've just got a bunch of invites.

Homeopathy evidence check to UK House of Commons

Hi all

I'm not sure if people have seen this already?


Its various people called before the UK House of Commons Science and Technology Committee to discuss the evidence for homeopathy. It was a couple of weeks ago so sorry if its old news but I just saw it and it is hilarious.



Ear candles ...

I was in the Roslyn Village pharmacy this afternoon (Dunedin, that is) getting some medicine (you know, the prescribed-by-a-qualified-individual sort of 'real medicine' stuff), and being served by their intern pharmacist.

Traveling Skeptic from Oz

Hey all,

Sorry for the short notice, but could someone organise a gathering for this evening and contact Tracy Burgess and let her know about it?

I met her here at the conference and she mentioned that she was in Wellington tonightfrom Wednesday to Friday. Her e-mail address is tracy_burgess[at]agd.nsw.gov.au or prudie1971[at]optusnet.com.au

Hopefully, if she can make it you may be able to get a report on the convention.

Atheist Apocalypse

Kicking in the heads of atheists one at a time...

http:// nostradamus-america.atspace.com

PZ, I thought the Morris Police Department was going to save you from the wrath of God...

Briskepticon; dinner announcements

Sorry for being so lax on reporting from Briskepticon. Have been listening to the talks, which are excellent by the way, and have been focusing on live reporting via twitter. There is a fairly decent back channel going on.

What I did want to report on sooner rather than later is the announcements from the dinner last night.

Psychic bingo!

I and 3 others from Dunedin Skeptics in the Pub have just returned from handing out Psychic Bingo cards to people going in to the Sue Nicholson show down here. It was hilarious! First up, we were really friendly - handing out fliers and suggesting they have fun playing psychic bingo, maybe have a think about what she was saying. Tim told people that we were also psychic and knew what Sue was going to say. It was all very good-natured and the people going to the show were smiling, laughing and taking our fliers happily.

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