Archives for December, 2012

Swedish Skeptics 30 Years

Today is the Swedish Skeptics Society’s 30th birthday! It was started in 1982 on inspiration from the American organisation CSICOP (est. 1976). I’ve been a member since 1996 and now I’m the society’s sixth chairman. So, what does a skeptical society do? We’re a science-friendly resistance movement. We fight quack medicine, newspaper horoscopes, spiritualist mediums,…

Passive Pacifist

For over 20 years I have received Pax, the journal of the Swedish Peace Society. I have always read it as a matter of duty. Rarely has it interested me much. I am a passive pacifist — a passivist, as a radical relative of mine once wrote me from prison, where he had been put…

Boardgame Review: Beer & Vikings

Beer & Vikings – of course I had to review this new Italian boardgame, the follow-up to 2011’s Sake & Samurai in the “Spirits & Warriors” series. Let me say at the outset that the game art shows little influence from actual Viking Period material culture and the text shows little influence from Old Norse…