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Are you skeptical and inquisitive about the world around you?

With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth?

Launceston Skeptics Inc. (the association) is a non-profit organisation, which seeks to promote critical thinking and an understanding of the scientific method. The association aims to:

  1. Stimulate discussion of scientific knowledge and other matters of interest, such as human rights and social issues;
  2. Encourage citizens and representatives of the news media to adopt a critical attitude to claims, which are not supported by reason or credible scientific evidence; and
  3. Conduct and participate in community events, providing information to the public in order to pursue the association’s objectives.
What: Skeptics in the Pub What: Skeptical Sunday
Where: The Royal Oak Hotel,
14 Brisbane Street, Launceston
Where: Cube Café (aka. Cube Seaport),
5/28 Seaport Boulevard, Launceston
When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30pm When: 2nd Sunday of each month, 2:00pm

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The $100,000 Prize – Australian Skeptics

Do you have psychic or paranormal powers? We don’t mean the illusion or trickery in stage magic, we mean things like extra sensory perception, telepathy, telekinesis, divining for water or metals, clairvoyance and predicting the future.

The $100,000 Prize - Australian Skeptics

The $100,000 Prize – Australian Skeptics

Since 1980, Australian Skeptics has issued a challenge to people who claim to have extraordinary powers, to demonstrate their ability under proper observing conditions. The first person to do so will receive a great deal of recognition and prestige as well as meeting the requirements for the awarding of A$100,000.

The James Randi Educational Foundation also has a One Million Dollar Paranormal Challange.

NB. Defending the Million Dollar Challenge.

WhySci

WhySci shares the vision and mission of the Inspiring Australia Initiative of a scientifically engaged Australia.

Ignite Your Imagination – Science News and Events in Tasmania

Science, and all the knowledge, innovation and technology that it fosters, is fundamental to our way of life. A scientifically engaged Australia will be a wiser, healthier, more sustainable and more competitive Australia. Australia aspires to an innovative society with a technologically skilled workforce, a scientifically literate community and well informed decision makers.

Doubtful News

Doubtful News – Can you really believe this stuff?

Doubtful News is an alternate to getting your offbeat news from credulous or mystery mongering media sites. We are curious about what ACTUALLY may have happened. We cover all sorts of strange news, not necessarily all of it is doubtful or harmful. Often, it’s just fun or interesting – and worth thinking about.

Categories of news include: alt med/anti-vax, cryptozoology, hauntings, paranormal, UFOs, psychics, questionable claims, superstition, and money-making schemes, among others.

What’s The Harm?

What’s The Harm?

This site is designed to make a point about the danger of not thinking critically. Namely that you can easily be injured or killed by neglecting this important skill. We have collected the stories of over 670,000 people who have been injured or killed as a result of someone not thinking critically.

Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies

Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies

A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they’re often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don’t be fooled! This website has been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head.

Tim Minchin’s Storm the Animated Movie

In the confines of a London dinner party, comedian Tim Minchin argues with a hippy named Storm. While Storm herself may not be converted, audiences from London to LA have been won over by Tim’s wordplay and the timely message of the film in a society where science and reason are portrayed as the enemy of belief.

Permission to reproduce Tim Minchin’s Storm the Animated Movie kindly granted by Tim Minchin.

Skepticism Advert: The New Miracle Life-Cure!

“Are you sick of miracle cures that give results no better than a placebo? Sounds like you need SKEPTICISM, the new miracle life cure!”

Permission to reproduce Skepticism Advert: The New Miracle Life-Cure! kindly granted by Shut Up Infinity.

“Baloney Detection Kit” – ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim

With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth? Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine lays out a “Baloney Detection Kit” – ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim.

  1. How reliable is the source of the claim?
  2. Does the source make similar claims?
  3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
  4. Does this fit with the way the world works?
  5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
  6. Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
  7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
  8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
  9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
  10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim?

Permission to reproduce the “Baloney Detection Kit” – ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim kindly granted by Michael Shermer, Skeptic.com.

Charlatans

charlatan (also called swindler or mountebank) is a person practicing quackery or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via some form of pretense or deception. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

Permission to reproduce Charlatans kindly granted by Death By Puppets.

Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking

Here Be Dragons is a free 40 minute video introduction to critical thinking. It is suitable for general audiences and is licensed for free distribution and public display.

Most people fully accept paranormal and pseudoscientific claims without critique as they are promoted by the mass mediaHere Be Dragons offers a toolbox for recognizing and understanding the dangers of pseudoscience, and appreciation for the reality-based benefits offered by real science. (Download Media Kit here.)

Permission to reproduce Here Be Dragons: An Introduction to Critical Thinking kindly granted by Brian Dunning, Skeptoid: Critical Analysis Podcast.

The Skeptic in the Room

This song tries to capture that feeling you get when you are forced to confront friends, acquaintances and family members about their goofy beliefs. The video has been viewed over 27,000 times, which ain’t bad for an eight-minute song about skepticism!

Permission to reproduce The Skeptic in the Room kindly granted by Eddie Scott.

Skeptics at the Mind Body Spirit Festival - SkeptiCamp Melbourne 2011 (October 22nd, 2011)

Jin-Oh Choi of the Launceston Skeptics led a group of his fellow non-believers to the Mind Body Spirit Festival. They weren’t just going for a look. They set up a stall! (Download PowerPoint slides here.)

More details about SkeptiCamp Melbourne 2011 can be found on Lanyrd.com.

Wolfram|Alpha

Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers - not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.

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  1. Ken

    Why have you disabled your RSS feed?

    1. Launceston Skeptics

      We have disabled all RSS/Atom/RDF feeds on the site. As we are using WordPress purely as a content management system (and not for blogging).

  2. Connor

    Is this something you know, as a fact, or something you think?

    1. Launceston Skeptics

      Connor, I’m not sure which topic you are referring to, but skepticism in it’s simplest form, can be described in this quote. “Skepticism is not a position; it’s a process.” – Michael Shermer

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