2016 Bent Spoon – your chance to nominate an anti-hero

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.

4 thoughts on “2016 Bent Spoon – your chance to nominate an anti-hero”

  1. I nominate the Tasmanian Times for a continual attack on 1080 use in NZ based on bad ecology science such as the likes of Bill Benfield who relies on European based studies from the 50s which have no relevance to NZ and goes against the established scientific principles!

    1. Hi Tim,
      The Australian Skeptics Bent Spoon Award nominations are open for evil Australians only. For NZ candidates, I suggest you contact NZ Skeptics, who have a great record of dealing with local perpetrators of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle.

    2. Sorry, Tim. It looks like I misunderstood the nature of the nomination. I understand now that Tasmanian Times is an Australian online forum. However, the issue is still very much a NZ one and I don’t think anyone here really knows what it’s about.

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