"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.

Member Profiles

Hey all,

Just a quick note to let you know that I've enabled profiles on the user accounts. I've added Name and City/Town as required fields. This is so we can get an idea of where we are all located and our actual names (instead of the current usernames).

The other reason for collecting the City/Town is so I can figure out where to start planning new SitP meetups and you can locate other skeptics in your area.

Fortnightly Monday Meetup

Announcing a new Meetup for Christchurch Skeptics in the Pub!

Canterbury Atheists video night, number 3

Announcing a new Meetup for Christchurch Skeptics in the Pub!

What: Canterbury Atheists video night, number 3

When: November 19, 2009 7:30 PM

Tandem Voice Booth

NZSitP Podcast

Hey all,

There's been a bit of talk about setting up a skeptics based podcast for New Zealand lately and I thought the NZSitP would be the perfect place to manage and host this. I'm looking at this as a national podcast and having people from all over the country participating. There's no good reason for limiting this to just one location.

So, there's a number of things to poll you all for. If you're interested could you answer the following;

What can you bring to the podcast?
(e.g. technical (audio editing), journalistic (interviews, investigative reporting, opinions etc)

Law of Attraction Workshops

There's a number of "The Secret" workshops happening across New Zealand. I was pointed at these via Event Finder. This is a really good site if you're looking for things to do locally. Unfortunately it's also being used to promote Woo-Woo.

The events;
Christchurch, Wed 25 Nov, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Ponsonby, Wed 11 Nov, 6:30pm–9:30pm

Documentary: Donated To Science

Here's an announcement from Paul in Dunedin about the science/medicine documentary he has recently completed.

Go to http://prnfilms.co.nz/ for more information ...

Donated to Science

Broadcast in New Zealand on TV3 Wednesday 18th November 9:30pm

In 2006 we interviewed several people who planned to donate their bodies to the Otago Medical School for students to dissect. We asked them about their lives and their loves, their hopes, their fears, and of course their bodies.

What's the boundary between skepticism and atheism?

I've been invited to a Skeptics in the Pub meet-up in Christchurch, and I'm keen to come along, but I'd like to sound people out on how they'd feel having a theist in their midst.

32% of New Zealanders now consider themselves to have no religion. Really?

Census figures from 2006 show 32% of New Zealanders now consider themselves to have no religion.

However, there are two basic approaches to defining "religion”; the substantive approach, which focuses on the content of the belief system, and the functional approach, which focuses on what the belief system does to the individual or community.

Wednesday 2009-10-28 : Dunedin Skeptics in the Pub #1

Announcing a new Meetup for Dunedin Skeptics in the Pub!

What: Dunedin Skeptics in the Pub #1

When: October 28, 2009 7:30 PM

The Duke of Wellington

New test tells gender of baby at eight weeks

Is it a scam?

This test costs in the range of $127 to $135 or so and is touted as being able to detect gender early in pregnancy. It's available in the US at around $30 so is around triple the cost in NZ.

The blurb from the official site states it's:

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