"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.

online intro

Hi, I hope its okay to post this here, sorry if not, but I just want to say after missing a number of meetings that it looks like i might not be able to make it to (m)any meetings for sometime as my housebinding o.c.d./anxiety is just too bad (and it doesn't help being stuck in Upper Hutt versus walking distance of Wgtn city). I would've been interested in the free lectures (though I complain about church services format (sermons) and its somewhat similar). So I'll just have to be a miserale online only member for now.

2009-11-25 : Free Humanist Society Lectures at the Library

Announcing a new Meetup for Wellington Skeptics in the Pub!

What: Free Humanist Society Lectures at the Library

When: October 25, 2009 1:00 PM

Central Library
65 Victoria Street

Tuesday 2009-11-03 : Podcasting

Announcing a new Meetup for Christchurch Skeptics in the Pub!

What: Tuesday NZSitP Meetup

When: November 3, 2009 5:30 PM

The Twisted Hop

How about Palmy?

I'm very envious of you big city slickers getting all the good times. It would be nice to catch up with some like-minded people in the (insert current brand here = knowledge/rose/young heart) City.

2009-11-05 7:00 PM Remember, remember the 5th of November

Announcing a new Meetup for Auckland Skeptics in the Pub!

What: Remember, remember the 5th of November

When: November 5, 2009 7:00 PM

Horse and Trap
3 Enfield St, Mt Eden
09 630 3055

First of all, an apology. The meetup is the same evening as everyone's favourite fake psychic John Edward is in town and I know so many of you wanted to go to be cold read...

So 5th November it is. We have no speaker at the present time but there are some ideas for the next meeting:

1) A much better quiz
2) Watching a skeptical video (like Brian Dunning's 'Here Be Dragons')

Announcing the Dunedin Meetup

Hey all,

I've just started the Dunedin Meetup group. If you are from Dunedin, know people there or just want to promote the hell out of NZSitP please check it out;


This group is ready for members to join. No initial meetup has been scheduled yet but should be within the next week.

Worldview Principles

Visiting this site and participating in the discussions has caused me to extend my reading and explore how my faith interfaces with science. I have discovered that science and the Judeo-Christian Worldview share three unprovable but reasonable assumptions:

1. Reality
The world is real, and we can understand the nature of that reality. Objects are durable and continue to exist whether or not we think about them and whether or not we observe them. Other "commenters" on the site have supported this assumption.

2. Causality

Disgusting behaviour

I came across this while reading the Herald this morning and had to bring it to peoples attention.
I hope you have all heard about the little girl who went missing in Henderson earlier this week. Police now suspect she has been abducted. I have 3 small kids so this type of news story is particularly heart rending for me.

However, when I read this story I got so angry I had to leave the room and take a breather.


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