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,…

Call for evidence in review of ‘natural’ therapies – deadline Oct 23

The Commonwealth Department of Health is reviewing its exclusions of various alternative ‘natural’ therapies from coverage by private health insurance. It has called for submissions of scientific evidence on the efficacy of the therapies as an update of its previous 2014-15 review. This first review resulted in 16 therapies being…

Skeptics $2000 media award – call for nominations

Australian Skeptics Inc is once again offering an annual award for the best piece of skeptical journalism. The Barry Williams Award for Skeptical Journalism recognises the best piece of journalism (in any medium) that takes a critical and skeptical approach to a topic that falls within our remit, which is…

Skepticon tickets on sale now!

Skepticon 2020, the Australian Skeptics 36th annual convention, will be an all-online event beginning on Saturday, October 24, at 9.00am and running to Sunday, October 25, at 6.00pm. Tickers are now available, with prices reflecting the online format, including an early-bird price until September 24 (all prices include booking fees…

Webinar August 16: Successes and Failures of Science, Skepticism, and Critical Thinking

Canberra Skeptics have organised an online webinar for August 16 looking at science and skepticism. Events over the last 12 months have demonstrated the vital role science, skepticism, and critical thinking play in society. Yet, many of these events have also shown that science, skepticism, and critical thinking is failing…

Call to action on anti-vaccination bus tour

Australian Skeptics has issued a warning and call to action to Australian media, medical professionals, and local councils regarding the current anti-vaccination ‘revival’ tour of rural and regional Australia: VAXXED Bus Delivers COVID-19 Conspiracies and Bad Advice The so-called “VAXXED” bus is currently touring Australia, spreading misinformation about vaccination at…

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…