Welcome to the Dunedin Skeptics in the Pub meetup group. This group is part of a larger, socially orientated group of skeptics. Details at http://skepticsinthepub.net.nz/ "A skeptic is one who prefers beliefs and conclusions that are reliable and valid to ones that are comforting or convenient, and therefore rigorously and openly applies the methods of science and reason to all empirical claims, especially their own. A skeptic provisionally proportions acceptance of any claim to valid logic and a fair and thorough assessment of available evidence, and studies the pitfalls of human reason and the mechanisms of deception so as to avoid being deceived by others or themselves. Skepticism values method over any particular conclusion." - Dr. Steven Novella of The New England Skeptics and The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast.
A lot of people in society seem to have a simplified distortion of scepticism. A lot of people believe that sceptics have not sense of reality ,this simply is not true as scepticism is auctually a important part of reality and the scientific method. Maybe one way to minimize pseuduscience ,is to educate people about the scientific method and the tools sceptics use also.