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Thinking and Drinking - Skeptics in the Pub Pages

What is the aim of the group?
The basic aim for the group is to have monthly social gathering to talk about all things skeptical. Our meetings are generally informal. We don't have organised speakers. From time to time we will hold special events/meetings, such as the tour of Adelaide Gaol.

Is this group part of Skeptics SA?
This group has no affiliation with Skeptics SA. Current and former members of Skeptics SA are welcome to attend. However, please note that we offer a different format of meeting as outlined above.

What is Skepticism?
Skepticism is a method of accepting, rejecting or suspending judgement on new information. It relies upon subjecting claims to systematic investigation - examining and evaluating arguments and evidence. A skeptic tends to accept claims that are likely to be true based upon testable hypotheses and critical thinking.

"Common topics that scientifically-skeptical literature questions include health claims surrounding certain foods, procedures, and medicines, such as homeopathy, Reiki, Thought Field Therapy (TFT), vertebral subluxations; the plausibility and existence of supernatural entities (such as ghosts, poltergeists, angels, and gods as well as the existence of ESP/telekinesis, psychic powers, and telepathy, and thus the credibility of parapsychology); topics in cryptozoology, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, alien visitations, UFOs, crop circles, astrology, repressed memories, creationism/intelligent design, dowsing, conspiracy theories, and other claims the skeptic sees as unlikely to be true on scientific grounds." (Wikipedia)

What is not being skeptical?
Some people confuse skepticism with cynicism. Being a skeptic does not mean rejecting belief in everything.

"Richard Wilson, in an article in New Statesman, wrote that some advocates of discredited intellectual positions such as AIDS denial and Holocaust denial engage in pseudoskeptical behavior when they characterize themselves as 'skeptics' despite cherry picking evidence that conforms to a pre-existing belief. According to Richard Wilson, who highlights the phenomenon in his book Don't Get Fooled Again (2008), the characteristic feature of false skepticism is that it 'centres not on an impartial search for the truth, but on the defence of a preconceived ideological position'." (Wikipedia)

Skeptics, aren't they just a bunch of grumpy old men with grey beards?
On the contrary. Attendees at our meeting range in age from 20+, with an average age of attendees between 30 and 40 and a close to even split between males and females. There's hardly any grey beards or grumpy curmudgeons.

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Nigel Dobson-Keeffe, Andrew O
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AUD5.00 (max) every 6 months or so.

This covers: The dues are only to cover the 6 month payment for the meetup.com site

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  • Cash or check - “Any sort of donation to cover the 6 monthly cost of running the meetup.com site. See Nigel at the next meeting.

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