Next meet-up: SitP 2014-01-27

Mt View Hotel, Bridge Rd, Richmond.
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Our next meet-up is the Melbourne Skeptics in the Pub on Monday 27 January, 2014.

As usual we meet at the Mount View Hotel, 70 Bridge Road in Richmond from 18:00 (6pm) onwards. Find us upstairs in the lounge, grab a meal and a drink as you please, and chat with other freethinkers!

(We will not meet in December; have a merry Grav-mass on December 25th, everyone!)

The harm of “traditional remedies”: Rhino horn for a hangover

A rhinoceros killed by poachers in Karbi hills, near India’s Kaziranga National Park. (AP Photo)

Via MSN, we learn that one of the most iconic African species is under additional threat of extinction, because of uncritical Vietnamese customers purchasing rhinoceros horn for magical cures for anything from cancer to hangovers:

What happened in 2008 to prompt a resurgence in demand? The closest guess is a rumor that swept Vietnam in the mid-2000s that imbibing rhino horn powder had cured a Vietnamese politician’s cancer. That rumor persists to this day. And note that this has nothing to do with traditional Chinese medicine. As Huijun Shen, the president of the UK Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine explained to Nature magazine, there’s no record of using rhino horn to treat cancer in nearly two millennia worth of Chinese medical texts (p.23).

In Vietnam, however, at least some respected doctors vouch for rhino horn’s cancer-curing properties. One woman who purchased $2,000 worth of horn powder on her doctors’ advice.

There will never be a shortage of devastation of our natural world, until the demand for that devastation is ended. Fighting against magical thinking, and marginalising ludicrous “traditional remedy” claims, is a key element and a worthy aim for skeptics.

Next meet-up: SitP 2013-11-25

Mt View Hotel, Bridge Rd, Richmond.
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Our next meet-up is the Melbourne Skeptics in the Pub on Monday 25 November, 2013.

As usual we meet at the Mount View Hotel, 70 Bridge Road in Richmond from 18:00 (6pm) onwards. Find us upstairs in the lounge, grab a meal and a drink as you please, and chat with other freethinkers!

Next meet-up: SitP 2013-10-28

Mt View Hotel, Bridge Rd, Richmond.
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Our next meet-up is the Melbourne Skeptics in the Pub on Monday 28 October, 2013.

As usual we meet at the Mount View Hotel, 70 Bridge Road in Richmond from 18:00 (6pm) onwards. Find us upstairs in the lounge, grab a meal and a drink as you please, and chat with other freethinkers!

Next meet-up: SitP 2013-09-23

Mt View Hotel, Bridge Rd, Richmond.
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Our next meet-up is the Melbourne Skeptics in the Pub on Monday 23 September, 2013.

As usual we meet at the Mount View Hotel, 70 Bridge Road in Richmond from 18:00 (6pm) onwards. Find us upstairs in the lounge, grab a meal and a drink as you please, and chat with other freethinkers!

Next meet-up: SitP 2013-07-22

Mt View Hotel, Bridge Rd, Richmond.
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Our next meet-up is the Melbourne Skeptics in the Pub on Monday 22 July, 2013.

As usual we meet at the Mount View Hotel, 70 Bridge Road in Richmond from 18:00 (6pm) onwards. Find us upstairs in the lounge, grab a meal and a drink as you please, and chat with other freethinkers!

Next meet-up: SitP 2013-06-24

Mt View Hotel, Bridge Rd, Richmond.
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Our next meet-up is the Melbourne Skeptics in the Pub on Monday 24 June, 2013.

As usual we meet at the Mount View Hotel, 70 Bridge Road in Richmond from 18:00 (6pm) onwards. Find us upstairs in the lounge, grab a meal and a drink as you please, and chat with other freethinkers!

Next meet-up: SitP 2013-05-27

Our next meet-up is the Melbourne Skeptics in the Pub on Monday 27 May, 2013.

As usual we meet at the Mount View Hotel, 70 Bridge Road in Richmond from 18:00 (6pm) onwards. Find us upstairs in the lounge, grab a meal and a drink as you please, and chat with other freethinkers!

Mt View Hotel, Bridge Rd, Richmond.
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Next meet-up: SitP 2013-04-22

Our next meet-up is the Melbourne Skeptics In The Pub on Monday 22 April, 2013.

As usual we meet at the Mount View Hotel, 70 Bridge Road in Richmond from 6PM onwards. Find us upstairs in the lounge, grab a meal and a drink as you please, and chat with other freethinkers!

Mt View Hotel, Bridge Rd, Richmond.
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Next meet-up: SitP 2013-03-25

Our next meet-up is the Melbourne Skeptics In The Pub on Monday 25 March, 2013.

As usual we meet at the Mount View Hotel, 70 Bridge Road in Richmond from 6PM onwards. Find us upstairs in the lounge, grab a meal and a drink as you please, and chat with other freethinkers!

Mt View Hotel, Bridge Rd, Richmond.
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