The Australian Skeptics Bent Spoon award is one of the least sought-after credits in the Skeptical world … or any world, for that matter.
It has been awarded every year since 1982* and it recognises the perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle.
Luminaries who have been past winners include Paleo Pete Evans, Larry Marshall (head of CSIRO), RMIT, the pharmacists of Australia, and a psychic dentist.
Nominations come from the public, and this year we have received nominations for:
• University of Wollongong / Wilyman PhD
• Dr Maryanne Demasi and the ABC-TV Catalyst program on wi-fi ‘risks’
• Professors Alan Bensoussan, Gregory Kolt and Barney Glover at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, School of Science and Health, Western Sydney University
We would love to hear of any other noteworthy candidates. If you would like to put someone forward for this non-prestigious award, then go to the Bent Spoon page for more info on how to enter, details on the current nominees and a list of past winners.
The winner of the 2016 Bent Spoon will be announced at the National Convention in Melbourne, November 25-27.
Nominations close in early November.
* With the exception of 1988, the year when nothing happened.