"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.

Kiwis with their heads screwed on

Its always good to hear real medical doctors speaking up about the stupidity and danger of homeopathy.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0908/S00119.htm

There are some sane NZ'ers out there.

But before we start to rejoice, there is another sort of kiwi. Wellngton homeopath Gwyneth Evans has been elected chairperson of the International Council of Homeopaths!!!

First Meetup

Hey all,

The Wellington Skeptics in the Pub meetup group on Meetup.com is now active.

The url is http://wellington.skepticsinthepub.net.nz/

Funding Private Religious Schools

Yet another press release from Scoop that has gotten my attention.
This one is about a new Christian school that is planned for KeriKeri.

“The main use will be educational, with a full primary school able to cater for 100 students and also designed for activities that go hand in hand with Christian education, like church on Sunday and afterschool programmes,” he said.

They are hoping to have the campus open in 2010 (that’s only 4 months away), however;

How to get away with murder

In a news release this morning (sorry I originally wrote this on Friday), it appears that all the people found guilty of killing a 22 year old in 2007 will not be going to jail.

There are so many things wrong with this whole sorry saga that I hardly know where to start.

I dare say that no matter what I say here I am bound to offend someone, so I will start off by saying these are my views and are not neccessarily shared with any other bloggers on this site.

NZQA Review of Natural and Traditional Health and Healing qualifications and unit standards

It appears that the NZQA has pretty much completely removed a huge chunk of pseudoscience from its list of accredited qualifications.

Here is the full text of the review.

Faith Healers - Praying or Preying?

It was probably too much to hope for. Yesterday The Press posted an article titled "Faith healers attack cancer with prayer". Thanks to @lucilu for the pointer.

I was hoping that this would have slipped under the radar as I'm from Christchurch and I have to say, this is just embarrassing. Which radar? That of the esteemed PZ Myers. We're a small country wanting to make a decent contribution where we can. We have our share of rational thinking people, but this article isn't how I'd want people to think of my home town. Thanks to the New Zealand Healing Rooms for that mud on our collective faces.

I read the article with trepidation and couldn't believe what they were reporting.

Homeopathy - alive and unwell in New Zealand

Homeopathy – alive and unwell in New Zealand

Hi, I'm freethinker, I'm from Auckland, and I'm a skeptic. I'm not going to use this post to introduce myself any more than this as I hope to get to know most of the members through the forum.

This post is going to be used as a response to the following article published on scoop.co.nz. I use the term article here very loosely as this is actually a press release from the NZ Council of Homeopaths.

Welcome to the Skeptics in the Pub

My name is Gold, I'm from Christchurch and I'm a Skeptic.

I've been following the usual podcasts for a few years now one thing that I noticed was that 'Skeptics in the Pub' is a growing thing world wide. I always liked the idea so I've started it here in New Zealand. I'm pleased to announce that the idea is growing steadily. Currently we have one active group in Christchurch and one growing group in Auckland that are being run from Meetup.com. If you're interested in coming along please do. Details of the times and locations are on the sites. The gatherings are open to the public but if you could RSVP for each event that would assist us with warning the pubs in advance as to the numbers to expect.

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