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Important information for parents: the facts about vaccination.

Immunisation saves lives. Since the humble observations about cowpox made by Edward Jenner in the 1700s, vaccination programs have saved millions of lives and dramatically decreased child mortality and suffering. Diseases such as smallpox are now consigned to history, while polio has virtually disappeared. But sadly there are some people who are vehemently opposed to vaccinations. While they … Read on »

UK and US perspectives at Australian Skeptics convention

Michael ‘Marsh’ Marshall, presenter of the Skeptics with a K podcast, co-founder of the Merseyside Skeptics and the QED convention held in Manchester every year, and Project Director of the Good Thinking Society is just one of the latest additions to the speaker list for the 2014 Australian Skeptics National Convention. Marsh is particularly well-known around the … Read on »

Checkout/Chaser for Skeptics Convention

In a special consumer affairs discussion panel, the 30th National Australian Skeptics Convention will feature three entertainers from hit ABC satirical programs The Checkout and The Chaser! Julian Morrow, Kirsten Drysdale and Chas Licciardello are known for their fearless attacks on ignorance and double-dealing wherever that might be  –  politicians, shonky services or pseudoscience (vitamins a speciality). They will be joined … Read on »

The Vaccination Chronicles

Richard Saunders, international speaker, long time member of Australian Skeptics Inc. and judge on the hit TV series ‘The One’, released his short documentary film “The Vaccination Chronicles: if only” on YouTube for free in July 2014 as a reminder of a time before wide-spread vaccines were available. The documentary features stories of Australians from all walks … Read on »

Win against faith healing for NZ health group

A New Zealand church which advertised that a prayer session could heal health problems, including “incurable diseases”, has been told to remove the advertisement. The newly formed NZ Society for Science Based Healthcare made a complaint to the NZ Advertising Standards Authority about a brochure from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, which contained … Read on »

Announcing Convention ticket price reduction

We have major news! After a great deal of negotiations, we are very excited to announce a ticket price reduction for the 30th Australian Skeptics National Convention. The new standard ticket price for the whole convention is only $260 (previously $320), effective immediately. Since we began planning this convention, trying to reduce the ticket price has been high … Read on »

Science good, but 30% don’t know who to trust

A survey undertaken by ANU’s Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) has found that 20% of respondents did not know who to trust on science and technology, and 9% did not trust anyone. The reverse was true of religious leaders, with only 11% trusting them for scientific information. The How do Australians engage with … Read on »

Brisbane Skepticamp July 19

[ Saturday, July 19, 2014; 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] Brisbane Skeptics in the Pub will be running a Skepticamp event on July 18 at the Hamilton Town Hall, cnr Rossiter Parade and Racecourse Road. Everyone from casual skeptics to experienced commentators can participate, filling 15 minute slots on a topic of their choice. Special guests at the Camp include Loretta Marron OAM, multiple Skeptic of the … Read on »

Uni study confirms no link between autism and vaccination

The first systematic international review of childhood vaccinations led by researchers from the University of Sydney has found no evidence of a link to the development of autism or autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The comprehensive review, published in medical journal Vaccine, examined five cohort studies involving more than 1.25 million children, an additional five case-control studies involving … Read on »

Canberra Skeptics Lecture: The nature and mechanics of false memories

[ Monday, July 21, 2014; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Speaker: Dr Krissy Wilson Date: Monday, 21 July 2014 Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm Location: Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie ACT 2602 Free Admission Research has consistently shown that contrary to popular perception, memory is not the reliable cognitive process that the mind as a computer model has suggested. Rather memory is in fact a reconstructive and fluid process, prone to … Read on »

Antivaxxers — you have been warned

The New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission has said that the recently renamed Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network disseminates “misleading, misrepresented and incorrect information about vaccination [that] engenders fear and alarm and is likely to detrimentally affect the clinical management or care of its readers”. The warning is the second time the HCCC has issued a statement criticising … Read on »

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Skeptics Convention 2014

Skeptics Convention 2014 Our 30th annual convention will be held on 28 – 30 November in Chatswood, NSW. It will feature fantastic speakers, and is guaranteed to be lots of fun. Go to our shop to book your place.
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