Welcome to Evidence Based Thought, a collaborative blog that examines contemporary issues in skepticism in New Zealand and abroad.
Christiaan Barnard is a graduate from Victoria University of Wellington where he received a BA(Hons) in Criminology. His interest in rational thinking came about due to his life long interest in astronomy, and his awareness of organised skepticism was heightened by the broadcast of the moon hoax show Conspiracy Theory: Did We Really Land on the Moon? The discovery of Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy website ensued, which then led him to the skeptical community and the understanding of the importance of critical thinking.
Grae O’Sullivan works in IT and specialises in software testing. He is currently contracted to a retail bank and works in Wellington. He has long had an interest in learning about the world around us and the reason things are as they are. This has meant that he loves reading about History and Science. Although a naturally skeptical person, over the years he has steadily become more and more skeptically inclined until it got to the point where he just couldn’t help himself and had to start blogging about the topic.
Ian Luxmoore is a PhD student and lecturer at Massey University. He has been a semi-active sceptic for quite a while now and, while initially focusing on religion, has begun to spend much more time on other forms of pseudoscience and paranormal nonsense. He currently runs another blog predominantly about religion here but will post regularly here about non-religious issues. Ian’s PhD research is in the area of ecological economics, specifically in macroeconomic energy system modeling. This interest in energy systems has also led to a particular interest in the misuse of energy and thermodynamic concepts in pseudoscience, a common trait across many pseudoscientific claims.
Martin Gadgil, also a graduate from Victoria University, currently resides in Camden Town, London, UK where apart from composing electronic music and enjoying the British weather he keeps an eye on stories of interest to skeptics. He was led to his interest in skeptics groups by the egregious NZ TV series “Sensing Murder” which he considers a stain on humanity and was the only reason he left the country.