FOR more than 30 years they have regularly scrutinised vitamin supplements, questioned crop circles, tested telepathy and challenged crystal power.
But this year the standout winner of the Australian Skeptics’ Bent Spoon Award for ”the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle” went to Fran Sheffield from Homeopathy Plus.
The New South Wales-based organisation, which promotes natural remedies for a variety of ailments, was gonged for claims made for homoeopathy and whooping cough.
THE most ridiculous thing Homeopathy Plus did was to claim to use that treatment for domestic violence. They were also chided for their claims about homeopathic vaccines for whooping cough.
I’m certain the Australian Skeptics conference this weekend in Melbourne was a big success. They bestow these awards (after considering many worthy contenders, so I hear) to draw attention to the worst of the worst and the best of the best.
The 2012 Skeptic of the Year Award went to the Friends of Science in Medicine.
Congratulations to Vic Skeptics and all those advocates and supporters of critical thinking in Australia for great work all year round.