30 April, 2016

_ _soapbox

This brief article takes note of an auspicious conjunction of events in May. Both Vic Skeptics and our good friends at Mordi Skeptics have a Soapbox evening as our monthly public meeting.

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A Skeptic’s Guide to Astrology

30 April, 2016

This is an edited repost of an article which first appeared here in August 2010. You can also download a similar classroom discussion pamphlet (and a lot more) from our USEFUL INFO page.

The basic proposition of Western Astrology is that your personality and fate are influenced by the apparent positions and motions of heavenly bodies. Read the rest of this entry »

May 2016 Puzzles

30 April, 2016
"What's 4 across?"

“What’s 4 across?”

The theme of the MAY 2016 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD is Religion and Superstition and as usual comes with your choice of standard or cryptic clues.

set is the 46th in the series. If you’d like to use our Logic & Maths sets in the classroom or just to catch up on the ones you’ve missed, please note that we started posting them in August 2012; (see PUZZLES ARCHIVE 3 .)

As always, seven new Picture Puzzles and twenty new “Mixed Bag” Trivia Questions have been placed at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE


A Skeptic’s Guide to Conspiracy Theories

21 April, 2016

This article first appeared as a Vic Skeptics discussion pamphlet.
The full range of our discussion pamphlets (and a lot more) can be downloaded from our USEFUL INFO page.

A Skeptic’s Guide to

by Peter Barrett, Canberra Skeptics (2016 edit by Ken Greatorex)

Test 1: Is the argument factually correct?

It’s remarkable how many conspiracy theories are based on arguments which are simply factually incorrect. If you’re presented with a conspiracy theory argument, check the facts.

[Sites such as

are useful here.]

Many incorrect arguments are repeated in ignorance. But there are also some people who knowingly repeat conspiracy arguments they know are wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

April 2016 Puzzles

30 March, 2016


The APRIL 2016 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD is about Homeopathy

is our 45th Logic & Maths set. Our  L&M sets commenced in August 2012; (see PUZZLES ARCHIVE 3 .)

Seven new Picture Puzzles and twenty more “Mixed Bag” Trivia Questions are at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE


March 2016 Puzzles

1 March, 2016

The Scream by Edvard Munch, 1893

The MARCH 2016 Skeptical Crossword returns to the theme of General Skeptical Issues.

MARCH 2016 LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS is the 44th such set. If you wish, you can search for all our other monthly L&M sets starting from August 2012 Maths & Logic Puzzles in PUZZLES ARCHIVE 3 .

Seven new Picture Puzzles and twenty more “Mixed Bag” Trivia Questions are at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE



13 February, 2016


For the fifth year in a row, Australia’s favourite low-key, grassroots skeptical event will run at the Aireys Inlet Community Hall on Saturday 27 February 2016. Read the rest of this entry »


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