Plandemic conspiracy video plays cat-and-mouse with platforms

The anti-vaccine conspiratorial “documentary” Plandemic, which makes a range of misleading claims about COVID-19, has been playing a cat-and-mouse game with social media platforms since it was launched across a range of sites. It was initially published on May 4 (US time).on video sites Vimeo and YouTube, and quickly followed…

Past Bent Spoon winners vie for the dishonour in 2020

In the 38 years of the Australian Skeptics’ Bent Spoon Award, issued to the perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle, we have never had the need to award this dishonour to the same person twice. However, with the current COVID-19 situation impacting on the whole…

Skeptics legal defence fund seeks volunteers

An international skeptics legal defence fund is in the process of being set up, following the successful defence of Britt Hermes, and it is calling for experienced and qualified volunteers with legal, marketing and fund-raising expertise to help out. In September 2017, skeptical activist Hermes was sued by a naturopath…

New Age pseudoscience is no match for COVID-19

In a break with a decades-long tradition, members of Australian Skeptics will not be attending this weekend’s Mind Body Spirit exhibition in Sydney’s Darling Harbour due to the dangers of the spread of COVID-19 and the ignorant attitudes of some exhibitors. Attending would put our members at risk. Many of…

Sydney Skeptics special dinner – Dr Michael Mann on climate change

The Sydney Skeptics dinners are making a welcome return with a bang on February 29, featuring a high profile speaker on the issue of the century. Dr Michael Mann is an American climatologist and geophysicist, currently director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, who has contributed…

Skeptic magazine latest issue – the psychic business

Psychics are big business – in the US, the ‘industry’ is valued at more than US$2 billion a year. Considering that one US phone psychic company in the US was closed having made a billion in a few years, and had to ‘forgive’ another $500 million in debt, indicates that…

Skeptic magazine – critical thinking for kids

Teaching the basics of skepticism can be grounded in everyday decision making

Naturopath O’Neill banned for life

HCCC finds Barbara O’Neill misleading vulnerable people with cancer and anti-vax claims

Vale: Skeptic and psychic debunker Robert Lancaster

Robert Lancaster, noted American skeptical activist who created the website Stop Sylvia Browne, died on September 7 following a long illness from a stroke in 2008 and heart attack in 2011. In 2008, Lancaster launched the website devoted to debunking clams made by ‘psychic’ Sylvia Browne. His investigations revealed many…