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Skepticon 2021 – register your interest now

Registrations of interest are now open for Skepticon, the 2021 Australian Skeptics Annual National Convention which this year will be held on November 20-21. It will be a joint event, held by Australian Skeptics in Sydney, Australia, and the NZ Skeptics in Wellington, New Zealand; with face-to-face and online participation…

Wilyman PhD comments – errors, omissions and misrepresentations

RESPONSE TO JUDY WILYMAN’S PHD THESIS ON VACCINATION POLICY – AN ASSESSMENT OF ERRORS, OMISSIONS, MISREPRESENTATIONS This document is also available in PDF format. INTRODUCTION In 2015 noted anti-vaccination campaigner Judy Wilyman submitted a doctoral thesis to the University of Wollongong. Called “A critical analysis of the Australian government’s rationale…

Paleo Pete Evans wins Bent Spoon for second time

The Australian Skeptics’ notorious Bent Spoon award has gone to former celebrity chef Pete Evans, only the first time in Skeptics history that the same person has won the award twice. The annual Skeptics’ awards were announced on October 25 during the 2020 Skepticon convention, which this year was an…

Obituary: James Randi, the “skeptics’ skeptic”

James Randi, probably the world’s most famous and certainly one of the most influential skeptics, has passed away in the US. He was aged 92. The James Randi Foundation has said that his death was due to “age-related causes”. Randi had suffered from health issues for a number of years,…

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…

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…

Skeptics’ Bent Spoon to SBS “Medicine or Myth?”

The Australian Skeptics notorious Bent Spoon award has gone to SBS-TV’s “Medicine or Myth”, a program where science takes second place to entertainment. The Bent Spoon, one of the least sought-after awards of the year, is given to the proponent of the most preposterous piece of pseudoscientific or paranormal piffle…

Naturopath O’Neill banned for life

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

NHMRC releases 2012 draft homeopathy report

2012 report subject of conspiracy theories from homeopathy supporters