Introduction

Objective

Rational, sceptical, analysis has allowed great advances in our knowledge these last centuries. Unfortunately mysticism, superstition and credulity still have a strong presence in our society. Sometimes because the desire for something to be true overcomes common sense, but often because someone profits from actually promoting falsehood and deceit.

Our objective is to provide freely the knowledge and the methods that may provide each person with a better protection against these situations.

Motivation

Several worrying facts have motivated the founding of this association:

The growth of pseudo scientific fraud: Scientific knowledge is so vast nowadays that no one can be an expert on everything. So it can be easy for anyone to claim expertise and defraud a credulous victim. The so called 'Alternative' Medicine is an example of this danger.
The growing sensationalism in the mass media, where the constant search for audience grabbing stories completely eliminates rigorous and impartial analysis, and often incredible fantasy is presented as fact.
The proliferation of sects and cults (whether religious or not) that try to dominate the lives of many for the material profit of a few leaders. In Portugal this problem has so far been far less serious than in other more afflicted countries, but the current trend is worthy of some concern.
The business (for some a way of life) of defrauding the more afflicted and less knowledgeable persons alleging supernatural powers, like the ability to foresee events in nearly anything (from tea leaves to planets), changing someone's luck by telephone or healing anything by burning candles (invariably expensive ones).
We feel that facilitating the access to rigorous and impartial information, many will be able to better defend themselves from these acts, which sometimes can have serious consequences.

 


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