"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.

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.

Contributing to running costs

Is there an account that donations can be paid into? I dislike Paypal and will not be using it to make donations.

Subluxation and the GCC

Following up on the Chiro fixes DNA post, I found that the General Chiropractic Council in the UK doesn't promote subluxation as an actual mechanism.

The chiropractic vertebral subluxation complex is an historical concept but it remains a theoretical model. It is not supported by any clinical research evidence that would allow claims to be made that it
is the cause of disease.

Chiropractic cures for your DNA?

I just found this over at Forbes.com.

The headline above should be good for a laugh, but believe it or not, chiropracters around the world are claiming that they can help your body repair its DNA. All of them cite the same 2005 article as evidence, so I read the article to find out what it was all about.

Pro-bullying law just passed in Michigan, US.

I have few friends that claim to be religious and when I see shit like this I wonder how they can be so firm in their position. This is just disgusting. How can they claim 'moral conviction' as an exception when the law itself is so blatantly immoral?

Michigan Republicans Allow Bullying If ‘Religiously or Morally Motivated’ (Video)

In Michigan, the State’s Republican-controlled Senate has passed an anti-bullying law named after a gay victim.

Good thing you might think. Except it’s not.

First Hamilton Meetup: Venue

Hey guys,

Any progress on a venue?

New Skeptics in the Pub for Hawkes Bay

It appears we have interest from Hawkes Bay also.

Steve Darroch should be joining the forums soon, if he's not already a member. If you're from the Hawkes Bay region and are interested in helping out or just coming along now would be a great time to make yourself known. :)

Roadtrip to the first meetup

So, it looks like there's at least one carload heading from Wellington to Hamilton for the first meetup. There may even be one from Auckland. Now to see how many more we can get...

Charlies is so cool like...

Science is cool. It's a fact. Just accept it.

I just found this via Fraser Cain and have to say, if you've got kids you have to show them this. Also, if you believe that humanity has any special place in the 'verse you need to see this.

Click through for the video...

organic food?

my question is about organic food versus the food in general supermarkets/shops.

(forenote: I have only been to 2 skeptics in wgtn meetups in last year/s due to my difficult situation/condition.)

in the last skeptics meetup i went to (the planning activism one) i remember someone mentioning organic food as one of their skeptical "woos".

years and years ago i was skeptical of organic food considering it grown in body waste products.

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