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Talking the talk? Time to walk the walk

As a skeptic one of the things I would like to see from other people is an open mind. But sometimes it’s easy forget you can be equally close-minded in your own beliefs. It’s not an easy thing to do, especially when you think you’re being skeptical. Or in this case perhaps a tad cynical. To say I’m not a fan of the social media phenomenon of changing...

The healthcare irony

First I’d like to apologise for being away from nzskeptic and sciblogs for so long. This tends to be a pattern with my blogging, but it’s not random. For over a decade now I’ve struggled with bipolar disorder, particularly the depression aspect which leaves me barely functioning. All my effort goes into my job hence everything else tends to get ignored. I...

How much do you tell the kids?

With a couple of young kids I’ve found myself becoming increasingly conflicted about just how ‘truthy’ I am with regards to those little white lies most parents see as normal. I’m thinking of things like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and, yes, even God. Every parent likes to think of their progeny as being intelligent and I’m no different. And with that...

Atheist bus campaign

I’ve written in the past how my particular brand of skepticism includes atheism. I see religion as no different to any other topic – provide me with the evidence and I’ll reconsider my stance. And so on to the news. You may have already read about the decision by NZ Bus to deny the Atheist Bus Campaign advertising space on their buses. Now to some extent...

Pyschic schmychic

What do you do when friends pay money to see a ‘psychic’? Do you spend time trying to convince them otherwise or do you just accept it and try and explain some of the hits afterwards? I had often thought about this in the past and had always come down on the side of the former. Then I actually got some friends who paid money to see one and now I’m...

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