Can’t Believe Your Eyes or Ears?

An address to the New Zealand Skeptics Conference 18 November 2018

It would be comforting to think that a society dedicated to the promotion of critical thinking would be immune to the effects of disinformation. As Skeptics, you are supposed to question the validity of statements, to examine whether there is objective support for the claims made. Your powers of critical thinking will stand you in good stead but even you are not immune to disinformation. Continue reading

Troll Hunting

This commentary was carried on the radionz.co.nz website on 3 May 2018 following the debunking by New Zealand Police of malicious online rumours relating to Clarke Gayford, partner of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

 

Police Commissioner Mike Bush gave a commendable performance as Big Billy Goat Gruff today. He head-butted a troll and knocked it off the bridge. Continue reading