SkeptiCamp Melbourne wants you!


Over the past few months, MEHSitP / Melbourne Skeptics have been working behind the scenes to put together SkeptiCamp Melbourne, a grass-roots skeptical event based on the successful BarCamp conference model in which attendees are the presenters. The first Australian SkeptiCamp was held in Sydney earlier this year, drawing roughly one hundred attendees who participated in concurrent talks held in two rooms for several … Continue reading SkeptiCamp Melbourne wants you!

Another guest spot on Science on Top


Just a brief post to mention my latest guest spot on the Science on Top podcast (http://scienceontop.com). This time around we discussed some bad media reporting (or headlining at least), of a recent study into factors impacting upon stillbirth such as which side the mother sleeps on during the last night of pregnancy, plus more … Continue reading Another guest spot on Science on Top

Launching Melbourne Eastern Hills Skeptics in the Pub


Well, it's happening folks. After scouring my designated search area, I have found a location for the Melbourne Eastern Hills SitP to meet, which is the 'Knox Club' on the corner of Stud and Boronia Roads, Wantirna South Vic. The group currently comprises 19 interested parties, 11 of whom have indicated their intention to come … Continue reading Launching Melbourne Eastern Hills Skeptics in the Pub

Chemist Warehouse removes Hotbands from its shelves


It is nice to be able to report some good news occasionally, and this week I was pleased to hear from Chris Higgins that Chemist Warehouse, to whom he has written repeatedly about their tacit endorsement of the 'Hotband' sports performance enhancement bracelet, has now removed this product from their online store and shelves. It … Continue reading Chemist Warehouse removes Hotbands from its shelves

TAM Australia – Impressions from Day 3 (day 2.0)


The Amazing Meeting Australia 2010, hosted in Sydney, has officially wrapped up, ending with a standing ovation for James "The Amazing" Randi as he announced the Australian Skeptics Inc. and JREF's eager intention to hold the next TAM Australia meeting in 2011 in non-other than my own home-town, Melbourne Australia. I write this as I … Continue reading TAM Australia – Impressions from Day 3 (day 2.0)

TAM Australia – Impressions from Day 2 (day 1.0)


  First i must make a correction - my previous post, 'TAM Australia - Impressions from Day 1' as it turns out is incorrectly named, as the organisers took pains to point out to us that the first day was actually a bonus day, which we might call 'Day 0'.   This then becomes my … Continue reading TAM Australia – Impressions from Day 2 (day 1.0)

Chemist Warehouse are happy to sell you products that might not work


Fellow Victorian skeptic Chris Higgins recently wrote to Chemist Warehouse asking them why they knowingly and wilfully sell useless products, for which there is no supporting evidence, to their unsuspecting clientele. Chris quite rightly questioned their ethics, given the trust most Australians place in their industry, which is seen as well educated and highly moral, … Continue reading Chemist Warehouse are happy to sell you products that might not work