Griffith University Skeptics and Freethinkers

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Cultural Club Sign-Up day at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus!

In GUSSF Events!, Helping our community. on March 4, 2011 at 1:30 PM

As Tuesday the 8th of March 2011 is Cultural Club Sign-Up day on Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus, I’d like to invite you all to join the

Griffith University Skeptics and Freethinkers.

For a meager $1 members are able to gain and share invaluable critical thinking skills, have the ability to publish our heavily trafficked blog, and have fun and gain valuable networking opportunities.

Our members have been interviewed on various radio and news programs, podcasts and in local, national and international media, all of which is a great experience while still studying.

With consumer advocacy and journalistic research in mind, our members have encountered/exposed/challenged climate change deniers, historical revisionists (holocaust deniers), young earth creationists & intelligent design advocates (Evolution deniers), ‘faith healers’, U.F.O proponents, white supremacists and a shocking variety of fraudulent and/or misleading health related products and practitioners.

We are currently looking for members to join our committee for the year to come and it would be great to see some new faces so please feel free to come and say hello on Club Sign-up day!

Our aims are:

To educate and share skills in critical thinking and scientific skepticism.

To investigate and explain paranormal and/or pseudo-scientific claims objectively.

To further the acceptance and application of evidence based reasoning, and critical thinking in all areas of human endeavor.

In fulfillment of these aims we pursue various goals:

• Advance the public understanding and appreciation of the scientific method.

• Explore pseudoscience topics, paranormal beliefs and the supernatural from a scientific/rationalistic perspective.

• Engage in 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!

We will be holding 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, 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
0432 039 122