"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.

Hawke's Bay Skeptics in the Pub - Next Meetup

This topic will track Skeptics in the Pub meets for the Hawke's Bay Skeptics Group

PAlmerston North Skeptics in the Pub, 7pm, Thurs 2nd February at Rosie O'Grady's.

Skeptical discussion and an amount of liquid refreshment.
http://www.homeopathy.ac.nz/ "A homœopath does not promote a product because it has been in the news, or in a magazine article, but makes selections on serious scientific methods."

How to be skeptical without being a dick. Is it possible?

Point and laugh items. Bring in your own examples of critical thinking FAILs!

Do we need to consider alternate venues for SITP, considering that we now compete with a pub quiz? He has the upper hand since he has a microphone.

Thursday 26th January 7pm Gin Trap Ahuriri - Jan Meeting

Hi All

Welcome to the New Year. Hope you are all enjoying the break.
Just a quick reminder for the diary - Thursday 26th January 7pm Gin Trap Ahuriri - First Official Hawkes Bay Skeptics in the Pub. Feel free to invite people or forward me email addressing of people I should be inviting.
If you want to keep in touch through other media try
or Hawkes Bay Skeptics in the Pub
https://www.facebook.com/groups/HBSkeptics/

We are likely to discuss Fluoridation and Fire Walking amongst other things.
Look forward to seeing you there.

Best
Steve

Unsinkable rubber Wakefields

It appears that the disgraced researcher, Andrew Wakefield, is at it again. This time he's suing the BMJ and Brian Deer in a Texas court. Why Texas? He's tried this before in the UK and failed. TheScientist magazine claim he said he'd be "vulnerable to being struck out as an abuse of process."

Perhaps there's a reason for that...

White wine in the sun

Tim Minchin gave me back the joy for the season...

First meetup for 2012 - Jan 14, 2012 to be specific.

The end of the 5,125 year cycle of the Mayan Calender is approaching.

The idea that this heralds great change is a popular one among Conspiracy Theorists, New Agers and UFO believers, although what exactly this change will be is not certain.

Some claim it means the world will end, due to solar activity, or a planet crashing into the earth.

Some, that mankind will become more spiritually evolved.

Christopher Hitchens, 1949 - 2011

Christopher Hitchens has just died.

The #RIPHitch and #hitch hashtags are going more than a little nuts right now, which is hardly surprising.

Call for Site moderators

Hey all,

I'm about to disappear for a few months and was wondering if anyone would like to step up and assist with the moderation of this site while I'm gone.

There's not a lot to do given I have a don't delete anything policy.

We do get a few spammers a week though. When they appear I delete their account and all their content. The quickest way to spot this is to subscribe to all content and, when a dodgy one comes though, click through to the site, click the authors name, edit and delete. It's less than a minute in most cases.

So, any takers?

Second Hamilton Meetup

Our second meetup in scheduled for Saturday December 3rd, 2:30pm at The Bank on Victoria Street. We'll probably be sitting out the back.

For our second meetup we thought we'd try a loose theme, so we'll be peering into the misty realm of the future and the great beyond. Psychics and Clairvoyants of all shapes and sizes will be the topic of the day, please bring along any info or stories of personal experiences.

Hope to see you there!

The Greens & their Health Policy

I'm planning on voting for the Greens this year. There's a lot of their core policy that I back and I trust them more than any of the others. Most of my attention to them is due to @GarethMP who seems to be one of the few intelligent MPs out there that has a clue when it comes to technology and the nature of the internet. He was one of the few that campaigned against and voted against a law removed the "innocent until proven guilty" policy from the books. In case you weren't aware you are now automatically assumed to be guilty by the mere accusation of downloading pirated materials.

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