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Change at the top

Eran Segev has been elected president of Australian Skeptics Inc after a two year absence from the position. During those years, Richard Saunders, one of the best known faces of the Skeptical movement both in Australia and overseas, held the position and increased Australian Skeptics’ presence across a range of skeptical and paranormal events. He will remain … Read on »

Convention – five tickets for students to be won

Thanks to the generosity of the Australian Skeptics Science & Education Foundation, we have five free tickets to give away for students to attend the 2014 Australian Skeptics National Convention to be held in Sydney, November 29  –  30! Any current student can apply to win a free ticket  –  all you have to do is write an entry in 200 … Read on »

Homeopaths given tacit approval in UK

In what has been described as “a slap in the face” to evidence-based medical practice, the UK Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) has formally accredited members of the UK Society of Homeopaths’ voluntary register under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health. Practitioners on the Society of Homeopaths’ register will … 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 »

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 »

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Skeptics Convention 2014

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