The NZ Skeptics conference 2008 is in Hamilton this month. It will be held over the weekend Friday 26-Sunday 28 September at the Waikato Diocesan College, 660 River Rd, Hamilton. You can register here NZ Skeptics web site.
Here are the details of the Draft Programme:
Matthew Dentith: Saving the Paranormal from the Laws of Science
Nikos Petousis: Critical thinking Greek style
Felicity Goodyear-Smith: History denied means history revisited
Alison Campbell: Telling stories: science as a human endeavour (Yes – the same Alison who often comments here. Meet and hear her in person)
Nathan Grange: Magic and Scepticism
Kamya Kameshwar: Fact and fallacy – the portrayal of immunisation in the NZ print media
Zachary Gravatt: Complementary medicines: what are New Zealand general practitioners’ perceptions, practices and training?
Martin Wallace: Physiology of the placebo effect and the evidence for changes in brain metabolic function
Glynn Owens: The end of moral philosophy?
Vincent Gray: Darwin Today
Lisa Matisso-Smith: Ethnic origins through the Pacific
While on the subject of sceptics I highly recommend the Sketpics’ Guide to the Universe Podcasts. Hosted by Dr Steven Novella (President of the New England Skeptical Society) the podcast panel also includes Robert Novella (Vice-President of the New England Skeptical Society), Rebecca Watson ( founder of Skepchick – www.skepchick.org), Evan Bernstein (Chairman of the Connecticut Chapter of the New England Skeptical Society) and Jay Novella (a skeptical satirist).
Podcasts come out weekly and are usually about 80 min long – ideal for listening on your mp3 player or ipod while exercising. They usually include a roundup of the ltest scientific and sceptical news, interviews and challenges (science or fiction). Always presented with humour.
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe panel have also produced some short Videos. Here’s three of them: