Puzzles for October 2016

30 September, 2016


This month as a bonus we’ve given you an extra ten pre-loved code-type puzzles to solve (see left)

You’ll find the answers HERE

The October 2016 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle is called Logical Fallacies # 5.

Here are the links to our previous Logical Fallacies crossword puzzles:
Logical Fallacies Crossword 1

Logical Fallacies Crossword 2

Logical Fallacies Crossword 3

Logical Fallacies Crossword 4

There’s also the October 2016 Logic & Maths Problems

and new sets of Picture Puzzles and “Mixed Bag” questions, which are 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 »

February Puzzles

1 February, 2015

rubskepThe FEBRUARY 2015 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD is our fourth crossword to take Logical Fallacies as its theme. Here are the earlier ones:





 Fresh Picture Puzzles and Mixed Bag Questions have been posted to the top of the PUZZLES PAGE.



October Puzzles

30 September, 2013

puzzles graphicNew Picture Puzzles and “Mixed Bag” Questions are in place on our PUZZLES PAGE.

This month’s CROSSWORD PUZZLE is the third in our series on the Logical Fallacies theme.

And as always, there’s a set of MATHS & LOGIC PROBLEMS


September Puzzles

31 August, 2013

Our Puzzles for September 2013 have been posted.

  • There are the usual seven Picture Puzzles, each of which decodes to a word, phrase, song title, book, or film.
  • The “Mixed Bag” Questions have an added feature. After the usual ten questions, we’ve added twenty “next level” questions. These are, depending on your point of view, interesting, difficult, informative, quirky or totally unfair. A score of one out of twenty could be considered surprisingly good! The Picture Puzzles and Mixed Bag Questions have pride of place on our PUZZLES PAGE.
  • Our Skeptical Crossword is the second of three on the the theme of Logical Fallacies. It can be found HERE. Logical Fallacies Crossword (1) was posted back in July 2012 and can be found HEREWe expect Locial Fallacies Crossword (3) to follow next month.
  • The Logic & Maths Problems can be found HERE

Recommended Site: The Logical Place

19 June, 2013


Tim Harding is a frequent speaker and contributor to Victorian Skeptics and similar groups. This is his new blog about one of his favourite topics, Logical Fallacies.


Recent Posts

  • Argumentum Ad Populum (’Argument from Popularity’)
  • Two twin fallacies
  • The Faulty Generalisation Fallacy
  • Begging the Question Fallacy
  • Rationality and truth

More Critical Thinking Videos

26 May, 2013

In early 2012 a series of short videos on the topic of critical thinking was released.

The group that produced them have created more. I think these are videos are superb; short, to the point, quirky and ideal for anyone wanting to quickly understand the scientific method and critical thinking including fallacies. I’ve linked to all of them below.

The scriptwriter is science communicator and author Mike McRae, well known for his book Tribal Science.

Surprisingly, the videos were funded by the Australian Government. The narrator is James Hutson and they’re produced by Bridge8.

More videos after the fold.

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