Skepticism and Atheism

Modified on 2012/08/09 03:07 by Administrator — Categorized as: Atheism, Skepticism, Vaccines

I see no reason to believe in the supernatural, and I see misinformation everywhere I go. I don't like misinformation - my parents brought me up to think lies are bad - so these days I'm active in the skeptical and atheist movements attempting to counter the tide of nonsense.

Antivaccination is one area I'm particularly annoyed with. Vaccines are one of the greatest public health advances made by our species - right up there with clean water as a lifesaver - but a small and vocal pack of nutcases choose to spread misinformation, lies, bollocks, bullshit and flat-out stupidity about vaccination.

This Naturally leads to an interest in the so-called "alternative medicine" field, since antivaxers almost universally support quack interventions such as homeopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, ayurveda and NGM. None of these fields have any good supporting evidence for their claims, and any effects they are shown to have are mild at best - and therefore inferior to conventional treatment. I also seem to have become involved in the #Burzynski war on Twitter. Sigh.

I joined Stop The AVN in its earliest days and have been involved in a lot of the online campaigning and research efforts behind the campaigns. Meryl Dorey's AVN hates us, and that gives me a warm feeling inside.

With the assistance of a multitude of others, I started Skepticamp Australia while at TAM OZ 2009. We run occasional open skeptical events, and the spin-off Sydney Drinking Skeptically meets monthly for a no-agenda, several drinks hangout in Newtown.

Creationism/Evolution is another area I'm most fond of. After all, the evidence suggest that we evolved, and the evidence suggests there are no gods (and weren't at any time we can examine objectively), so why is there (again) a small but vocal minority lying about the science in order to support their imaginary friend?

I occasionally speak to groups on the topic of technology in skepticism, specifically skepticism on the web and social media. My slide decks can be found at Slideshare.

My SideWiki entries are archived here, since the demise of Google Sidewiki. Archiving web content is an important part of online skepticism, for more, try the Archivist's Companion page, where some tools and tricks are described for archiving online skeptical activity.

I am an occasional skeptical and atheist podcaster and have a regular set of fantastic podcasts to which I subscribe.

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sCAM proponents often tout the 2:1 marketing:research ratios in big pharma as an indication that big pharma is profit-focused and doesn't do enough research on safety and efficacy.

In big quacka, the ratio is 18.5:1