Australian Skeptics is a loose confederation of groups across Australia that investigate paranormal and pseudo-scientific claims from a responsible scientific viewpoint. Most people are familiar with the more popular subjects that we investigate such as astrology, fortune telling, UFOs and crop circles; But did you know that we also investigate topics like fundamentalism, Feng Shui, subluxations and vitamin supplements? Some topics that we investigate can be found at the page where we list what we are sceptical of. Test your sceptical knowledge and see how many of the topics on the list are familiar to you. If you’ve never heard of the Australian Skeptics before then you should also take time to read our aims.
There are Skeptics groups across Australia. See the contact page for more information. The Australian Skeptics are supported by donations and subscriptions from more than 4000 members, consisting of people drawn from a vast variety of age groups, cultures and professions.
Many state and regional groups of the Australian Skeptics have their own local newsletters and often have dinner and chat evenings with guest speakers, quiz nights and other recreational activities. You’ll occasionally find the Skeptics in newspapers, on television, or on the radio analysing or debunking some mysterious claim. If you’re interested in joining the Australian Skeptics or just contacting us for any reason, please see our How To Join page or the contact page.
The Australian Skeptics publish a quarterly magazine named the Skeptic. Since 1981, the Skeptic has reported and reviewed issues ranging from aliens to cryptozoology, and it even had an article on Electroencephaloneuromentimpography. All articles and pictures from the first 23 years of the Skeptic are available on a CD-ROM.
The Skeptics host an annual national convention which includes prominent scientists, researchers and authors amongst the keynote speakers. Previous speakers have included James Randi, Paul Davies, Susan Blackmore and Richard Dawkins.