The Griffith University Society of Skeptics and Freethinkers has been an affiliate of Griffith University Gold Coast campus since the 7th of August 2007 and is now also operating on our Nathan and Mt Gravatt campuses.
Our aims are:
To educate and share skills and information in critical thinking and scientific skepticism.
To investigate and explain claims of the paranormal scientifically.
To create a community for skeptics, freethinkers and anyone and everyone with a rational and/or curious world view.
To further the acceptance and application of science, reason, and critical thinking in all areas of human endeavour.
In fulfilment of these aims we pursue various goals:
• Advance the public understanding and appreciation of science and reason.
• Exploring pseudoscience topics, paranormal beliefs and the supernatural from a scientific perspective.
• Engage in scientific investigation and journalistic research to investigate claims and where possible, draw public attention to the results from a natural, scientific perspective.
• Be constantly vigilant of the ethical consequences of skepticism and aware that people hold their beliefs and opinions sacred. We aim to educate, not coerce, understand rather than ridicule and we are open to anyone and everyone, the more the merrier!
Just last week we were featured in an A Current Affair investigation of “faith healer” John Mellor and are seeking to expand on this by providing information and resources to media outlets on request as well as providing resources with each talk or article detailing what the public can do about it, i.e. which regulatory board may be able to help( I just received a lovely reply email from ABC’s Media watch thanking me for referring them to Gary Abblett Snrs recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald) .
As well as this we strive to have representatives at every creationist talk, every psychic fair and at every health and/or wellbeing expo to ask the right questions at the right times and do what we can to sort the facts from the opinions dressed as facts. We will also inform all members of any lectures or events that might be of interest on educational terms outside the confines of skepticism but are fascinating examples of human endeveour. In this regard we will be promoting the events of the Briscience Talks as well as every QSkeptics talk via our Blog, facebook and Meetup group.
We will be holding very regular meetings, workshops on critical thinking, skeptics in the pub events and much more as well as continuing to host and promote as many great events as we can!
Since forming our group, members have been fortunate enough to attend talks by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Dr Michael Shermer, Professor Ian Frazer, Dr Jay Browning, Professor Richard Dawkins, Professor K. Barry Sharpless, Professor Bill Phillips, Professor Alister McGrath, Professor Harry Messell, Richard Saunders begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Peter Booth, Margaret Kitson, Dr Norman Doidge, Professor Matt Trau and many more, but we have plenty left still to come so join today to make sure you don’t miss out!
Jayson D Cooke
Founder and acting President of the GU Skeptics and Freethinkers
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