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!
Earlier this year I and several other Melbourne skeptics had the pleasure of attending the very first SkeptiCamp Australia in Sydney NSW. Whilst we were already toying with the idea of holding a similar event in Melbourne, the success of this event organised by Jason Brown, Dave the Happy Singer and others, convinced us that … Continue reading SkeptiCamp Melbourne needs your support!
This is just a quick post about two items. Firstly, this week I shall be appearing as a guest on the 'Science on Top' podcast, hosted by my friend Ed Brown, whom I met at TAM Australia, Penny Dumsday, a Biology Teacher and enthusiastic science communicator, and Shayne Joseph, an Environmental Microbiologist. This will be … Continue reading Science on Top Podcast and SkeptiCamp Sydney
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
Tonight I had the pleasure of attending George Hrab's single, free gig in Melbourne as part of his 'Styrofoam' tour of Australia and New Zealand, details about which you can read here. What a night! The gig itself was fantastic, with about 50 people packed into a small back-bar of the Clyde Hotel in Carlton, … Continue reading George Hrab does Melbourne – Styrofoam Tour
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)
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