The organisation responsible for setting exams for New Zealand secondary students receives the Skeptics’ annual rap on the knuckles for bad science.Continue reading
What Do We Spend Money on?
At the AGM, and in a subsequent letter from a member, the question was raised “what are we saving money for?”. Certainly the Skeptics bank account is a reasonably healthy one, after ten years of frugal saving on the part of Treasurers past and present.Continue reading
Helping Students Understand
Malcolm Carr, from Waikato University’s Centre For Science, Mathematics & Technology Education Research, talks to Annette Taylor about the nature of science education and the new science curriculum following his address at this years’ conference.Continue reading
Believe It or Not!
One of the interesting things about the Skeptics is the wide range of opinions that can be found in our group — not to mention the ever-readiness to express them. So I was interested to read Frank Haden’s column on the conference and how he found it.Continue reading
Can Science Be Taught In Schools?
It often seems as if home schooling is the domain of hard-line Christians. In fact, they’re not the only people who feel that their children are better taught at home than in school.Continue reading
At the Skeptics’ conference we were treated to one official’s view of the status of scientific medicine relative to alternative treatment systems and beliefs. This presentation reinforced many of our fears that modern medicine is truly the victim of its own success. Now that so many of us live to old age, and find that pharmaceuticals and surgery can do little to prevent inevitable decline, we are encouraged to turn to away from “Western orthodoxy” towards “alternative” systems of other, more “spiritual and “holistic cultures”.Continue reading
Chair-entity’s Report 1996
This year has seen one of the most significant discoveries ever made — the announcement that there are solid indications of life having once existed on another planet. The implications for us all, whether scientific, philosophic or religious, are tremendous.Continue reading
Science and Ink
A New Age Myth: the Kaimanawa Wall
In the 4 May 1996 issue of the NZ Listener, an article titled “Megalith Mystery: Are giant stones in the Kaimanawa Forest Park evidence of an ancient New Zealand culture?” (Chapple 1996:28-29) appeared. It centred on Barry Brailsford’s contention that the “Kaimanawa wall” was “the best (physical) evidence so far” of the pre-Maori “Waitaha nation” which he alleges flourished in New Zealand over 2,000 years ago. Shortly thereafter I was telephoned by Jim Mora of TV1 and asked to give a “traditional archaeological perspective” on the matter as part of an item on the Holmes Show arising from Brailsford’s contentions about the “wall”.Continue reading
Flying into the Future
A skeptical look at the Natural Law Party provided to journalists in preparation for the election.Continue reading