"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.

NZ Skeptics Conference 2009 AGM

The AGM of the NZ Skeptics Inc was held at the NZ Skeptics Conference 2009.

As with most AGM's this was fairly dry, procedural stuff. There were two things that are worthy of reporting on however.

CSIRO - Backstreet Boys parody(?)

I was sent this some time ago by @carneeki and only just got around to watching it.

The suppression of science and rational thought by the Oz government done to The Backstreet Boys. :)

Skeptic Zone podcast with the Auckland Think Tank

Hey all,

Just noticed that the Skeptic Zone podcast with the Think Tank that was recorded by @podblack (Kylie Sturgess) at the first Auckland Meetup has been posted. Check out podcast #48 at http://skepticzone.tv/

I'll bring it with me to the chch meetup tonight in case anyone has something that can play it at a suitable volume.


The first Wellington Meetup has been posted.

Hey all,

I've just posted the First Wellington meetup. If you're in Wellington or know people in Wellington please RSVP so we have an idea of numbers.

Anyone interested in going, but not wanting to use Meetup.com please let me know and I'll add you as guests to my RSPV.

The place is Kitty O'Shea's on Thursday from 5:30pm.

I'm getting into Wellington early to attend the first meetup so hopefully I'll see you there.

Details at http://wellington.skepticsinthepub.net.nz/calendar/11421844/


Get Involved and Get active

If you are reading this blog then you obviously have a skeptical side to your personality. Thats a good thing and should be embraced.

Even in a small country like NZ we are surrounded by woo peddlars.

If you are serious about your skepticism then maybe you should think about getting active. It does not have to be much, I'm not going to ask you to wave placards in front of parliament or talk to John Cambell live on air (though hopefully these things might happen).

Time To Start Picking on People

I am getting frustrated, I am getting angry, and I am starting to see red.

I am also going to start doing something about it.

I have had enough with all the woo, bullshit, psychic-babble, pseudoscientists, and charlatans in this country. I have decided to take Mark Edwards advice and take action.

I'm not sure exactly how yet but I'm going to start by having regular rants at individuals in this country that piss me off.

Name that logical fallacy

Hey all,

I came across this post on the Christian Skepticism blog. I posted a response and one of the other posters responded with a claim of Argumentum ad populum to one of the points I made.

So, I thought it would be entertaining to play Name that Logical Fallacy with the entire post.

Anyone want to take a first whack at it?

First Auckland Skeptics in the Pub

The First Auckland Skeptics in the Pub gathering was held at the Horse and Trap in Mt Eden. It's quite a nice place and the lower floor, which was reserved for the event, was the perfect size for the crowd.

Learn more about "Natural Health"

Want to know more about natural healthcare? Here’s your chance!

On Saturday, September 12, the New Zealand Charter of Health Practitioners Inc (NZCHP) are holding a one-day Natural Healthcare Expo, offering the public the chance to experience natural healthcare modalities and meet the practitioners behind them.

So if you want to learn more about makey uppy health care then head on down.

Religious schools asking for more tax payers money

It appears that the poor underfunded catholic schools don't have enough money to keep their schools up to standard. So they are asking for the NZ taxpayers to help them out.


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