A commonly-held belief has it that various social phenomena are associated with the phases of the moon. Such is the strength of this belief, achieving folk-lore status in many societies, that it is accepted almost without question, especially by the popular media. - Barry Williams
Why would anyone join a cult?
Maybe they're unhappy with their current religion, or they want to change the world, or they're disappointed with their lives and want to find something bigger or holier that makes sense of this confusing, chaotic and dangerous world. Or maybe they just want to give themselves the best possible chance of having sex with aliens.
TGA cracking down on non-compliant advertising of bioresonance and similar devices
In May 2019, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) commenced work on a sector-wide compliance activity relating to the advertising of 'bioresonance' devices, which are sometimes mistakenly promoted as 'biofeedback' devices. This sector has been identified as having a high rate of advertising non-compliance, with widespread advertising.
Sometimes you let yourself in for things that, on mature reflection, you probably wish you hadn't. In September I agreed to speak at the Great Australian Science Show in Sydney and gave as the title of my talk "I was abducted by a UFO". - Barry Williams
Pontus discovered skepticism in 2010 and soon thereafter became deeply involved in local activism, such as organising Skeptics in the Pub and giving lectures on skepticism in local schools in his native Sweden.
A blast from the past. In 2012 James Randi visited Melbourne to take part in the Australian Skeptcs national convention. We took the opportunity to invite him to join us in a recording of the Think Tank. Also featuring that well known goose, Maynard.
Stories of people being terrified by Yowie like creatures go back
decades and had their heyday in the 1970s when it seems some here
in Australia were somewhat jealous or maybe inspired by the reports
coming out of North America. It was a golden age for UFOs, Psychics
such as Uri Geller, the Loch Ness monster and BigFoot sightings.
All good fun at the time and as the years went by interest both
here in Australia and in the USA tapered off. But not completely.
We catch up with the SGU rouge and find out about the upcoming
trip to New Zealand and Australia.
Evan is a co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and
The Skeptics Guide 5×5 podcasts. He also serves as the Connecticut
chapter chairman of the New England Skeptical Society. Evan is a
technical adviser for official NESS investigations, and is the SGU’s
audio engineer for live remote events.
U.S. astronauts open a new era for mandkind. - Man has landed on the moon. The U.S. spacecraft, Eagle, carring Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, touched down on the lunar surface early today (Sydney time).
Moon Landings Were No Hoax
Continuing to believe that the Moon landings were faked, despite the solid evidence from many quarters that confirm the missions, despite the thorough and painstaking debunking of every major objection from the conspiracy theorists (from popular TV shows such as MythBusters to hundreds of detailed explanations online) is NOT being sceptical... it is being a science denier. It is the same mindset that leads people to deny the Earth is round or that climate change is also just another hoax.
Join the cast of the Skeptic Zone Podcast, and host of
special guests, in their first audio adventure as they board the
Australian Space Ship Solar Flare to fight
the forces of woo thoughout the galaxy!
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