Irish Skeptics Society

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Irish Skeptics Society
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Abbreviation ISS
Formation December 2002; 13 years ago (2002-12)[1]
Type Nonprofit organisation
Purpose Promoting science and critical thinking[1]
Headquarters Blanchardstown, Dublin
Region served
Ireland
Chairman
Paul O'Donoghue
Website irishskeptics.org

The Irish Skeptics Society (ISS) is a scientific skeptical organisation based in Ireland.[2] It was launched in December 2002[1] and publishes a newsletter called Skeptical Times.[3] The ISS is a member of the European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO).[4]

The organisation regularly sponsors lectures on a variety of topics including self-awareness,[5][6] tolerance,[7] evolution[8] and popularisation of science.[9] In 2004 they sponsored a lecture by James Randi.[10][11] They are a signatory to Sense About Science's Keep Libel Laws out of Science campaign.[12]

Spokespersons from the organisation such as founding member Paul O'Donoghue (a clinical psychologist) are often quoted on paranormal and pseudoscience topics such as homeopathy,[13][14] magnet therapy,[15] Spiral Dynamics[16] and UFOs[17] in the Irish press. Paul O'Donoghue has commented on the amount of coverage alternative medicine gets in the media.[18]

The Irish Skeptics Society hosted the 13th European Skeptics Congress from 7 to 9 September 2007 at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Home". Irish Skeptics website. 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Sceptics alarmed by facile beliefs. Irish Times. October 30, 2003. [1]
  3. ^ http://doras.dcu.ie/2460/
  4. ^ "ECSO Members". ECSO website. European Council of Skeptical Organisations. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Leading Psychologist on Self-Awareness and Deception", Vhi Healthcare, 11 April 2006, archived from the original on 16 March 2008, retrieved 15 August 2009 
  6. ^ "Self Awareness and the Brain". Website ISS. 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Irish Skeptics Society Talk", Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, University College Dublin, 1 September 2008, archived from the original on 8 July 2011, retrieved 15 August 2009 
  8. ^ "Irish Skeptics Society - Darwin and Human Evolution", Darwin 200 Ireland, Irish Science Centres Association Network (iSCAN), February 11, 2009, retrieved 26 May 2015 
  9. ^ Paul O'Donoghue (14 April 2011). "Awards that make people laugh and then make them think". The Irish Times. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Randi, James (8 June 2007), "An Important Congress", SWIFT, James Randi Educational Foundation, retrieved 15 August 2009 [dead link]
  11. ^ Dick Ahlstrom (23 September 2004). "$1m challenge for proof of paranormal event". Irish Times. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Signatories to Keep Libel Laws out of Science campaign", Sense About Science, 14 August 2009, archived from the original on 12 August 2009, retrieved 14 August 2009 
  13. ^ "Believe in the impossible and defy science if you think homeopathy works". The Irish Times. 5 July 2005. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Experts call for end to alternative health cover. Independent. 2005. [2]
  15. ^ Paul O'Donoghue (22 November 2005). "Despite its great pulling power, the magnet is no medical maestro". The Irish Times. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  16. ^ Adrienne Murphy (12 April 2005). "Dancing to a More Sacred and Chaste Rhythm". The Irish Times. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  17. ^ Fionola Meredith (18 August 2005). "Keeping the faith for a close encounter". The Irish Times. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  18. ^ Corrigan, Conn (April 2006). "Mumbo Jumbo. Conn Corrigan charts the rise of gobbledegook". The Dubliner. 5. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "13th European Skeptics Congress 2007", Skeptic : eSkeptic Newsletter, The Skeptics Society, 4 July 2007, retrieved 27 May 2015 

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