According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a sceptic is defined as, “a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions”. Sceptics are generally considered to be people who take nothing at face value. They want to see the proof for themselves and don’t accept what they are told unless they can see the evidence with their own eyes.
In today’s society, conflicting opinions, vested interests and the rule of law seem more likely to be governed by an unquestioned, all-powerful scientific elite than by evidence and transparent access to information. There are many who feel that Australia has become a scientocracy – where ‘scientists’ enact and determine legislation for their own reasons – rather than a democracy – a nation governed of, by and for the citizens.
In a climate such as this, it is so important to be a sceptic and to be able to recognise the difference between REAL scepticism and, what is far more common, pseudo (or false) scepticism.
REAL sceptics take responsibility for themselves and their families by doing their own research and making their own choices. These choices are unaffected by popular beliefs and unswayed by the mob mentality evident in so many government and medical community decisions today.
How do you know a REAL sceptic when you see one?
There are those in Australian society today who call themselves sceptics (or skeptics – which is the American spelling of that word). Yet by their actions and stated beliefs, they are far removed from true scepticism.
Instead of questioning accepted opinions, these pseudo-sceptics accept everything mainstream at face value and only question information that is not considered to be ‘scientific’ according to their own definition of that word.
On this blog, we plan on bringing you the best – and the worst – of scepticism from both peer-reviewed and popular literature today.
Our volunteer-staff of investigators and researchers will critique articles and rate them on a scale of 1-4 ‘Einsteins’ for articles which display REAL scepticism – 1-4 toilet plungers for articles that don’t.
If you would like to be involved in this new and – dare we say – very useful project, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Your email address
Your web address (if any)
City, State and Country of residence
Skype name (if you have one)
Why you want to be involved and what your particular area of interest / expertise is.
Please note, you do not need to live in Australia to write for this blog nor do you need official qualifications as an ‘expert’ on any issue – you simply need to be a REAL sceptic – to back up what you say in your critique.
The heart and soul of scepticism is that it is a movement that has burst forth from the grassroots. To be sceptical virtually excludes those who are part of the establishment. Sceptics generally don’t last very long in the mainstream. Those who are truly sceptical often become whistle-blowers and we applaud them for putting the truth ahead of their careers!
We celebrate the incredible intelligence and discernment of the REAL sceptics – wherever they may be found – and would love to welcome you aboard as a contributor.
The sky’s the limit!
This blog will grow as our contributor base grows. We hope you will gain a lot of knowledge from the information you find here and look forward to your input both as contributors and as readers.
Scepticism in science concerns many issues –
medical drugs and surgery;
genetically modified foods,
pesticides, herbicides and conventionally-grown foods;
homebirth vs hospital birth;
global warming and so much more.
We are seeking contributions on any and all of these topics as well as others we may not have thought about. As this site grows, new sections will be added to take into account the interests of our readers and writers. Please feel free to submit critiques on any of these subjects. All critiques will be read as quickly as possible and you will receive an answer within 1-2 weeks at the latest. Please be sure to include a link to / the article you are critiquing.
Feel free to forward our blog to other sceptics or sceptics in training. You may also subscribe for regular updates and make comments on any post that you feel moved to speak on.
- No profanity will be tolerated in posts or articles. All comments are vetted prior to going live on the site and any foul language will mean your post or article will not be submitted to the blog.
- This blog is run by volunteers who will not be replying to comments unless they have the time or feel they want to get involved. Instead, we will rely on our readership to carry on the conversation. Respect each other and do not make abusive comments about the person or persons you are responding to. We are here to discuss the issues. Disagreeing with someone is not only allowed but encouraged. Personal comments about writers or commenters will mean your post will not be submitted to the blog.
- Back up your comments with references if at all possible. Otherwise, I have no doubt that you will be called on your assertions by other responders. Be prepared.
- You do not have to use your real name on your critiques but I do need to know who I am dealing with so in our correspondence, we will need your contact details.
Please note: The REAL Australian Sceptics blog is for information purposes only. None of the submissions are meant to provide medical advice. Should medical advice be required, the services of a competent health practitioner should be sought.
All adults are free to make up their own minds about these issues. REAL Sceptics support everyone’s right to be fully informed, to access information freely and to make decisions based on your own best interests and that of your family.
Anyone who tries to tell you that you are either not capable of making these choices or not legally able to do so is not a REAL Sceptic. We oppose those who are against scepticism in science