Why cognitive dissonance helps some people entrench their beliefs

Here’s what you need to know about cognitive dissonance before engaging with true believers.

Canberra Skeptics Lecture: The Choice Shonky Awards – six years of naming and shaming the shonkiest rip-offs and shoddiest products being sold in Australia

Date: Friday, 13 July 2012 Time: 6.00 – 7.30pm Venue: Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, ACT 2601 Speaker: Scott O’Keefe Members Free/Non-Members Gold Coin Donation CHOICE’s annual Shonky Awards are an opportunity for the people’s watchdog to hand out lemons to manufacturers, service providers, marketers, advertisers,…

Canberra Skeptics Lecture: Nuclear Issues in Australia and Beyond; One Perspective

Date: Monday, 14 May 2012 Time: 6.00-7.30pm Venue: Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, ACT 2601 Speaker: Professor Dr George Dracoulis, FAA Members Free/Non-Members Gold Coin Donation   Nuclear issues in Australia have had a conflicted history.  We are a country with significant uranium resources but no…

Canberra Skeptics: Get off that Armchair and Change the World! – Skeptical Activism in Action

Speaker: Richard Saunders Date: 14 November 2011 Time: 6:00-7:30pm Location: Optus Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Discovery Science Centre, Clunies Ross Street Acton ACT 2601 Free Admission Richard Saunders will give an overview of some of the recent success achieved by skeptical activism, including the downfall of the Power Balance company in…

Witch-hunters, Injustice and Superstition: How Science and Skepticism Will Benefit Africa?

Canberra Skeptics Inc. and the CSIRO Discovery Science Centre Proudly Present: Mr Leo Igwe Date: 18 August 2011 Time: 6-7.30pm Location: Optus Theatre, CSIRO Discovery Science Centre, Clunies Ross Street Acton ACT 2601 Free Admission Africans stand to gain a lot by embracing the skeptical outlook; what are those gains?…

2010: The year in science, skepticism and woo.

What were your highlights for science and scepticism in 2010? There were some big “wins” for critical thinking in 2010, but sadly alternative medicine and scams continued to abound, with the explosion in popularity of Power Balance bracelets a very good example of the continuing gullibility of the general public….