Bayani Mills has a strong interest in science, technology, and is an amateur skeptic. An advocate of rational thought, free-thinking, and seeking enlightenment, Bayani dislikes ignorance and encourages others to thoroughly investigate the extraordinary claims they encounter.
His interest in Skepticism arose from seeking science-based podcasts and coming across those such as Skeptoid (Brian Dunning), The Geologic Podcast (George Hrab), Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe (The New England Skeptics Society), The Skeptic Zone, and Skeptics with a K (Merseyside Skeptics Society)
Bayani currently works as an Operations Manager at a medium-sized Security Services business in Sydney, Australia. He is responsible for developing policies and procedures, improving system efficiencies, and managing the day-to-day activities of their physical security services.
Bayani has worked on a number of projects aimed at promoting science, reason, and critical thinking:
Honesty in Healthcare, a consumer-protection campaign aimed at galvanizing publicly-elected officials to become proactive in the prevention of vuneralable people being mislead by the misguided and ignorant, or by deliberate fraudsters.
Report a Rort, an amateur resource which focuses on consumer action and bringing information to the public on making effective complaints to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission about pseudo-scientific health benefit claims or misleading advertising claims made by pseudo-scientific manufacturers, practitioners, or retailers.
SeekTheEvidence.org, has the charge of “Promoting Reason & Rationality in the Public Arena”. The intent is to see the website become a resource that is internationally collaborated upon, providing grassroots-orientated campaigns that aims to encourage critical-thinking globally through promoting rationality, sensibility, and logical reasoning in the public arena through local activism.
Bayani has a personal interest in combating “woo”, and medical pseudoscience in particular due to his experience in dealing with his mothers’ faith in Alternative Therapies during her battle with lung cancer; believing in religious artifacts such as holy water, blessed rose-petals, and “scientific” “cancer-curing” glass discs; his mother was a long-time advocate of the philosophies of Feng Shui, the application of various ointments, and “natural” “super” drinks such as Aloe Vera Gel.
Other personal interests include emerging technological inventions and their possible applications in fields such as medicine and astronomy. Of course, as a geek, Bayani does enjoy gadgets and tinkering; being a hands-on person, he enjoys being creative and doing activities such as scrap-booking, creating personalised gifts, et cetera., however rare that may be.
Bayani enjoys the outdoors and occasionally participates in Geocaching.
Why the Blog?
Looking through the news each day, I wanted to let others know about these issues, but l felt it was time I stopped spamming my Facebook profile – sort of, and perhaps write more in-depth opinion pieces about what I see happening around me.
Since then, while in my down time I used to be either watching the latest releases of stored television series’, or checking in with friends and family on Facebook; I am now more involved in skeptical activism; however, I am working on compartmentalizing & formally organizing what I do so it affects my social-life less. (Takes its toll!)
I have a fascination with stationery and I like peanut butter on crumpets.