The NZ Skeptics Society is a non-profit body that exists to promote critical thinking.
Not all claims have equal value. For instance we all can believe that gravity exists without question, however we should ask for a little more evidence when an “expert” tells us that the Moa is alive and well and living in Moana!
The Society was started in 1986 by Denis Dutton and Bernard Howard, amongst others. We currently have around 400 members and our annual subs are only $40 for waged and $20 for unwaged. Please take a look around, and we would be delighted if you would like to join.
- Skeptical Thoughts
Our current chair, Mark Honeychurch, has been filling in for Siouxsie Wiles recently on Graeme Hill’s Weekend Variety Wireless show on RadioLive. He’s had fun chatting with Graeme on the Skeptical Thoughts segment, and has talked about rugby injuries, therapeutic paint, the igNobels and the Republican Primary, amongst other topics.
Here are links to the recordings:
Keep an ear out – he may be returning ...
- Pharmacy Council Submission
We are looking for skeptics around the country to help the NZ Skeptics Society gather evidence for a submission we will be making to the Pharmacy Council of New Zealand. We need people to visit pharmacies around the country and gather information about how homeopathy is sold and promoted. Unfortunately, we have limited time to gather this information as our proposal needs to be submitted by the 1st of ...
- The “Law” of Attraction
Our very own Michael Edmonds (one of the Society’s media spokespeople) features in a short documentary about Dean “Deano” Harrison’s claims that you can make positive things happen merely by willing them.
The description for the documentary on YouTube says:
The Law of Attraction: one simple philosophy which Dean Harrison believes has influenced his repeated lottery winnings, and incredible good fortune. A powerful tool? Or wishful thinking?
We’re pretty sure it’s the latter!
- NZ Skeptics on The Skeptic Zone
Last week our chair, Mark Honeychurch, chatted with Richard Saunders on episode 334 of the Australian Skeptics’ “Skeptic Zone” podcast (Aired March 15). Richard pre-emptively introduced Mark with statements like “yes those New Zealanders are just as skeptical as…anybody else”. Richard asked Mark about the history of the movement in New Zealand and “what’s going on in the land of the long white cloud in skepticism”, ...
- New Journal, Membership, Aliens
The latest issue of the NZ Skeptic is heading to the letterboxes of financial members, packed full of the intriguing, the informative and the infuriating. It’s a whole new look for the journal, along with our new website and brand-new logo.
Now is the time to subscribe or renew your subscription to the Society. It’s quick and easy to do online (or use the handy form in the journal).
If you don’t see the Journal in the next week or ...