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About Us

Background

The Launceston Skeptics was founded by Jin-oh Choi on February 27th, 2010 through a Meetup.com group. We initially met on the third Thursday of each month at Alchemy Bar & Restaurant. We moved to our new home The Royal Oak Hotel, late in 2010 and also started a second Skeptics in the Pub.

Launceston Skeptics is a group of people who are interested in the promotion of critical thinking and helping others to make rational decisions based on evidence. We believe this is especially important when dealing with health, a field in which there are a large number of unqualified people claiming to be able to improve health with untested, implausible and sometimes expensive therapies. This can be particularly dangerous if people forgo proper medical treatment for unproven alternative therapies.

We are open-minded, but will always seek evidence whenever others make extraordinary claims, whether they be alleged psychic ability, healing through various magical or any other supernatural means. We at Launceston Skeptics believe that in the end, the evidence is king and not just faith.

We now meet three times a month, Skeptics in the Pub (1st and 3rd Thursday of each month) and Skeptical Sunday (2nd Sunday of each month).

On July 3rd, 2013, the Launceston Skeptics became Launceston Skeptics Inc. Incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1964.

Launceston Skeptics Inc.

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.

Public Officer and Constitution

Public Officer: Constitution:
Jin-oh Choi 23/6/2013 NB. Address (3. Association’s office) removed as Public Officer’s residence is listed. 

Committee

2014 – 15

President: * Secretary: * Treasurer: * Member: Member:
Jin-oh Choi Vacant Michael Booth Gary Bakker Mark Fyfe

2013 – 14

President: * Secretary: * Treasurer: * Member: Member:
Jin-oh Choi David Tyler Michael Booth Gary Bakker Mark Fyfe

* Executive

Membership

Become a member of the Launceston Skeptics to support our work and get involved. (Membership Fee: $20.00 per year, July 1st – June 30th)

Financial members are entitled either to free admission, or to admission at a members’ discount rate, to all Launceston Skeptics functions where fees are charged.

Launceston Skeptics Inc. vs Meetup.com

While anyone interested in critical thinking, member or not, is welcome to attend our informal get-togethers, non-members will, of course, not be entitled to vote at any formal meetings where official business of the Launceston Skeptics is to be conducted. Nor are they eligible to receive members’ discounts on admission to any of its functions.

We encourage members of the Meetup.com group, become members of Launceston Skeptics Inc.

To become a member, come along to one of our events – to find out more information or send us an enquiry.

Pro Rata Membership Fee:

July August September October November February March April May June
$20.00 $18.00 $16.00 $14.00 $12.00 $10.00 $8.00 $6.00 $4.00 $2.00

Donations

Launceston Skeptics is run by volunteers. We welcome your donations to help us to pursue the association’s objectives (mentioned above).

The easiest way to donate to the Launceston Skeptics is through PayPal’s secure servers or via our donation boxes at informal get-togethers.

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We are a strictly non-profit organisation and all donations are used to support the activities of Launceston Skeptics. Donations via PayPal are in accordance with PayPal’s terms and conditions which include the deduction of PayPal’s handling fee.

Our regular events

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

The Thinker (Our Logo)

The Thinker (Le Penseur in French) is a bronze sculpture on marble pedestal by Auguste Rodin, whose first cast, of 1902, is now in the Musée Rodin in Paris; there are about 28 original castings, as well as various other versions, studies, and posthumous castings. It depicts a man in sober meditation battling with a powerful internal struggle. It is often used to represent philosophy. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

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