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Bent Spoon award ‘honours’ lack of critical thinking

John Kerr posted in on September 5th, 2012.

NZ Skeptics have bestowed the yearly ‘Bent Spoon Award’ for un-skeptical behaviour upon Consumer magazine, on account of the magazine’s coverage of homeopathic remedies. The Bent Spoon is annually awarded by NZ Skeptics to a New Zealand organisation displaying a “most egregious gullibility or lack of critical thinking in public coverage of, or commentary on, […]

NZ Skepticism alive and kicking

John Kerr posted in on August 29th, 2011.

Ahead of the New Zealand Skeptics’ annual conference, the Otago Daily Times‘ Shane Gilchrist interviewed media spokeswoman Vicki Hyde about the society’s take on Ken Ring, Chinese medicine and science journalism. An excerpt (read in full here): Taking aim at the inane It is particularly fitting the New Zealand Skeptics’ annual conference this weekend is […]

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Dr Paul Ashton: Near Zero Inc – a sadly prophetic company name

Peter Griffin posted in on August 17th, 2010.

From NZSeptic: Between August 2006 and May 2007, 490 investors (many from NZ) put $5.3m into NearZero Inc, a US-based company set up to develop and sell software written by Nelson man Philip Whitley, who claimed to have developed a revolutionary data compression algorithm. In May 2007 Near Zero was put into liquidation, and in […]

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