July Puzzles

30 June, 2015

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Our

JULY 2015 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD PUZZLE

has the theme of CONSPIRACY THEORIES

There’s also a set of
JULY 2015 LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS

Seven new Picture Puzzles and twenty new Mixed Bag Questions have been placed at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE

Enjoy!


Victorian Skeptics Treasurer Awarded OAM

12 June, 2015

royRoy Arnott, long-standing treasurer for the Victorian Skeptics, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the recent Queen’s birthday honours list. He received the honour for his service to the preservation of military history and to veterans.

Continue reading HERE.

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Also honoured was Australian Skeptics co-founder and patron Dick Smith, who was created a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Dick has supported a range of humanitarian, social welfare and conservation organisations, medical research and the arts, among them Australian Skeptics

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Mind Body Spin-it Festival 2015

11 June, 2015

by Mal Vickers

I love the Mind Body Spirit Festival – I really do. But I don’t love having to part with the (grrrr…..) twenty dollars just to get in. My partner tried her hand at The Secret or the power of positive thinking and attempted to get in for nothing, but the security guard shattered her confidence.

Clear Thinking

Clear Thinking

Luckily an essential oil called Confidence was readily available from the nearby Pro-Oils stand. This place made it all worthwhile. I happened to find a bottle of Clear Thinking – perfect for a Skeptic like me. I took one long, deep sniff, right to the bottom of my lungs. Somehow my world appeared better, sharper, colours were more vivid, my mind cleared, my thoughts were more focused, yes… I just inhaled a bunch of liquid herbs. You too can buy a 12ml bottle of Clear Thinking on Show special for just $13.60; a bargain as it’s normally $17.00 per bottle. I was also tempted by a bottle of Clarity / Concentration, but no, my mind was

Anxiety

Anxiety

now clear. Just looking at a bottle of Anxiety helped produce the desired effect at $13.60 and Fairy Magic was a spellbinding $20.00. Perhaps I’d accidentally inhaled a hint of ‘Critical Thinking’.

In the meantime, my partner was busy haggling over the price of a bottle of Happiness. “What? $13.60? I’m not happy about that!” she protested. I think she’d caught a whiff of Confidence. The bloke on the till didn’t crack a smile. Perhaps it was a blend of Headache and Fear. It might have been time for him to D-Stress and Chill Out at a total of $54.40.

Chill Out

Chill Out

At another stand my partner wanted to try some makeup that would highlight her eyebrows. The saleslady worked her magic with a little brush. “That looks better; what’s it made from?” my partner enquired whilst looking into a mirror. “Natural sea minerals from Italy” said the saleslady. I piped up, “Possibly Read the rest of this entry »


Does Osteopathy Work? Is it Scientific?

30 May, 2015

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By Mal Vickers

I was recently asked, “Does osteopathy work? Is it scientific?” The short answer is: osteopathy is unlikely to be effective for most health conditions. It’s a form of alternative medicine. I wouldn’t put it in the category of a sciencebased medicine. Read on if you’re interested in why I would think such a thing.

It’s difficult to definitively answer questions like this for three reasons.

One – Science is all about probability.

Two – it’s hard to prove a negative.

Three – it’s not a very clear question.

If the idea is to sort the wheat from the chaff in medical treatments, there are better/tougher questions to ask.

Let’s try to explore it.

Whole health disciplines might contain just a handful of useful treatments for some ailments, Read the rest of this entry »


June Puzzles

30 May, 2015

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Our JUNE 2015 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD PUZZLE has CULTS & SECTS as its theme.

Here are the

JUNE 2015 LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS

Seven new Picture Puzzles and twenty new Mixed Bag Questions have been placed at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE

Enjoy!


May Puzzles

30 April, 2015

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MAY 2015 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD PUZZLE has General Skepticism as its theme and comes with a choice of standard or cryptic clues.

Here’s a set of MAY 2015 LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS

Your fresh monthly set of Picture Puzzles and “Mixed Bag” Questions are at the top of  the  PUZZLES PAGE

A new puzzles archive has been created.

PUZZLES ARCHIVE 1  (AUGUST 2010 to APRIL 2011)

PUZZLES ARCHIVE 2 (MAY 2011 to SEPTEMBER 2011)

PUZZLES ARCHIVE 3 (OCTOBER 2011 to NOVEMBER 2012)

PUZZLES ARCHIVE 4 (December 2012 to June 2013)

PUZZLES ARCHIVE 5 (July 2013 to September 2014)

PUZZLES ARCHIVE 6 (October 2014 to March 2015)

Enjoy!


April Puzzles

1 April, 2015

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APRIL 2015 CROSSWORD PUZZLE , appropriately for an April 1 post has Cryptids as its theme, and comes with standard and (again, appropriately) cryptic clues;

there’s the APRIL 2015 LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS;

and the Picture Puzzles and “Mixed Bag” Questions are at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE.

Enjoy!


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