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…

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…

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…

NHMRC releases 2012 draft homeopathy report

2012 report subject of conspiracy theories from homeopathy supporters

Leaflet on moon landings

Australian Skeptics has produced a new flyer on the Moon landings and the claims that the events were fakes. This is a handy document to give to anyone who claims that a hoax has been perpetrated by hundreds of thousands of conspirators. You can download a copy of the flyer:…