Skeptics stand by Bent Spoon nomination

“Disappointed” researchers ask for withdrawal of Spoon nomination – Skeptics respond.

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P hacking: One reason so many scientific studies may be wrong

Geoff Cumming explains the epidemic of false positives in published scientific research.

CAA president-to-be stands down

Thanks in no small part to the work of 2014 Skeptic of the Year, Peter Tierney, the president-elect of the Chiropractors Association of Australia has resigned from that position as well as her place as member of the CAA Board. Dr Helen Alevaki admitted making “sneaky” visits to a Melbourne…

Canberra Skeptics Event ‘Free Screening of ‘An Honest Liar’’

Date: 23 August 2015 Time: 1pm Venue: King O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 131 City Walk, Civic Free Admission ‘AN HONEST LIAR is a feature documentary about the world-famous magician, escape artist, and world-renowned enemy of deception, James ‘The Amazing’ Randi. The film brings to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed…

Tickets on sale for 2015 convention

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Australian Skeptics National Convention. Special deals include reserved seating in rows 1 and 2, and early bird offer of seating in rows 3 and 4. And, of course, the gala dinner. Running from October 16-18, the Convention features such luminaries of the…

Free paper on social marketing of facilitated comms

For a limited time, a new paper on the social marketing of facilitated communication is available to download. The paper is jointly authored by Bronwyn Hemsley and Stephen Dann. Associate Professor Hemsley is a certified practising speech pathologist with 26 years’ experience in working with people with communication disabilities in…

Victorian Skeptics treasurer awarded OAM

Roy Arnott, long-standing treasurer for the Victorian Skeptics, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the recent Queen’s birthday honours list. He received the honour for his service to the preservation of military history and to veterans. Roy enlisted in the CMF (later the Australian Army…

Companion award to Skeptics’ patron

Australian Skeptics congratulates Dick Smith, patron of the organisation, for being awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the recent Queen’s Birthday honours list. The AC is awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or to humanity at large. Apart…

GP’s should turn backs on homeopathy

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has issued a statement on homeopathy, following the NHMRC’s recent finding that there was no scientific evidence to support homeopathic treatments. The RACGP statement advises that: • Medical practitioners should not practice homeopathy, refer patients to homeopathic practitioners, or recommend homeopathic products to…

Skeptics sponsor school science

The Australian Skeptics are proud to be long term sponsors of many science and critical reasoning prizes and competitions for children around the country. We financially support Victoria’s Science Drama Awards and the Science Talent Search again this year. Both of these events are organised by the Science Teachers Association…