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Vicki Hyde and skepticism – New Zealand Herald

John Kerr posted in on December 20th, 2012.

In the New Zealand Herald, Sarah Daniell poses 12 questions to Vicki Hyde, spokeswoman for the NZ Skeptics Society, just ahead of this week’s supposed End of the World. An excerpt (read in full here): It’s the end of the world tomorrow, according to the Mayan calendar. Vicki Hyde, spokeswoman for the NZ Skeptics Society […]

Ken Ring lunacy gets spooned

John Kerr posted in on August 15th, 2011.

The media coverage of ‘moon man’ Ken Ring’s theories has been given the dubious honour of the Bent Spoon, the NZ Skeptics Society’s award for poor journalism. The society awarded the Spoon for “journalistic gullibility” to all news media and commentators who who took Mr Ring’s earthquake prediction claims at face value. Ken Ring’s theories […]

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NZ Skeptics Conference – Is Science Just Mysticism in a Lab Coat?

Peter Griffin posted in on September 28th, 2009.

Bernard Beckett is a High School Teacher and writer. In 2005 he spent a research year at the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Evolution and Ecology. During this time he wrote two books; Falling for Science, a study of the philosophy of science, and Genesis, a sci-fi novel which has since been translated into over […]

NZ Skeptics Conference – Is Economics a Science or a Religion?

Peter Griffin posted in on September 28th, 2009.

Brian Easton is well known as an economist, a profession which he arrived at through a scientific route at the University of Canterbury (he is the only NZ economist with a D.Sc.) in the days when the university was deeply affected by the scepticism of Karl Popper. Since then, he has worked in a wide […]

NZ Skeptics Conference – Strange Occurrences: our approach to paranormal investigation

Peter Griffin posted in on September 28th, 2009.

James Gilberd is 46, has a Bachelor of Design, photography major, Victoria University 1997, and works as a commercial photographer while running Photospace Gallery – one of NZ’s two specialist photographic art galleries. He founded Strange Occurrences in 2005, initially as a living art installation project with its eye on the Venice Biennale. Failing that […]

NZ Skeptics Conference – Undercover for Cancer

Peter Griffin posted in on September 28th, 2009.

Loretta Marron BSc Assoc Dip Bus(Accnt) AAII MACS “The Jelly Bean Lady”. Following a successful treatment of breast cancer in 2004, Loretta soon became aware of the wide range of alternative therapies and therapists who blatantly target cancer and other major illness patients. Her personal investigations into the weird and wondrous world of complementary and […]

NZ Skeptics Conference – The Slippery Slope of Conspiracy Theories

Peter Griffin posted in on September 28th, 2009.

Matthew Dentith is currently finishing his doctoral dissertation on the evaluation of Conspiracy Theories as a species of belief. When he is not ruining his posture by sitting at a computer he teaches critical thinking skills for the University of Auckland, both to the undergraduate population and for the adult education students. He also teaches […]

NZ Skeptics Conference – Circumcision: a cure looking for a disease

Peter Griffin posted in on September 28th, 2009.

Hugh Young is almost a foundation member of the Skeptics. A retired broadcaster and editor, he collects words (published in two dictionaries) and “circumstitions” at the website He has published three papers on social aspects of this topic. Cutting off “my sweet ounce of man’s flesh”* has been touted as good for everything from […]

NZ Skeptics Conference – Unwarranted skepticism; disbelief in a finite world

Peter Griffin posted in on September 28th, 2009.

Dr John Robinson is an applied mathematician who has researched long-term trends and forecasting. His scientific training includes degrees in physics and mathematics; over the past 35 years he has expanded his interests to include economics, sociology, ecology and history, in order to inform his understanding of the global and national future. A holistic, whole-picture […]

NZ Skeptics Conference: Letters to the Editor – Responses to Bob Brockie’s Dominion Post science column

Peter Griffin posted in on September 28th, 2009.

Dr Bob Brockie has worked as a scientist at the British Museum, the National Institute of Health, DSIR, DOC, Palermo and Victoria Universities, and Te Papa. He has been the editorial cartoonist for the National Business Review since 1975. Bob has written over 400 weekly science columns since 2001 and gets a mixed response in […]

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