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
- so these days I'm active in the skeptical and atheist movements attempting to counter the tide of nonsense.
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,
, 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 #
war on Twitter. Sigh.
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
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.
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
and have a regular set of fantastic
to which I subscribe.
- Skepticator is an aggregator for Skeptical news, and this wiki page will have various musings upon same
Antivaccination - and why it must be countered
Antivaxer Meryl Dorey of the AVN booked to appear at Woodford. This must not stand
Notes from Alpha
- I'm doing an Alpha course at a church in North Sydney. Notes from this festival of fail live here
Wikipedia on Fringe Theories: Nano-Thermite in WTC denialism
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
Gimpy's blog - Big quacka spend 18.5 times more on marketing
explains how to discern the best tack to take in a scientific debate or controversy
Poll: SHould universities teach alternative medicine?
- I'm keeping this link archived for a reason.
Online Poll Becomes Alternative Health Battleground
You REALLY don't want to go see Monica Milka/Monica's Entity
Saying It Safely
- Martin Hadley on how far you can go with free speech
Computers get Pareidolia too