Dinner with Lawrence Krauss, 29 August

3 August, 2014
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The Victorian Skeptics are delighted to host a presentation by well known cosmologist and author Lawrence Krauss. Please read the details about ticket purchasing below before proceeding to purchase a ticket. Ticket sales close on Monday the 25 August – due to catering needs.

Update! – Less than 5 places remain

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Lawrence’s presentation is titled:

An update on Cosmology and thoughts on Education

Lawrence is well known for his critical thinking and promotion of science. He has appeared on Q & A among other shows. This event is not to be missed. In addition to the high quality presentation, the ticket price includes a quality three course meal.

Where and when?

The evening will be held at Graduate House Conference Centre, 220 Leicester Street Carlton on Friday 29 August with proceedings beginning at 6:30pm.

The total price for the meal and Lawrence’s presentation at an excellent venue is $100 per person (general admission).

Australian Skeptics Victorian Branch members $90.

Ticketing Details

All members will be notified of a ‘promotional code’ to obtain the price reduction.

Not sure if you’re already a member? If you are a financial member of the Australian Skeptics Victorian Branch, you will have already received the ‘promotional code’ for this event via email. If you haven’t received the code, that means you’re probably not a member. Unfortunately, simply subscribing to ‘The Skeptic’ or attending any of our talks doesn’t qualify you for membership.

The event is open to everyone however.

Please note that as you go through the booking process you can select seating. However, the seating presented on the TryBooking website is different to the actual layout of seating for Lawence’s talk. Seating will be at round tables for ten people. That means that each row in the TryBooking website for this event, actually represents one table of ten. If you are booking for two people or more and you’d like to be seated at the same table, please ensure you choose seats in the same row.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Brief Biography
Lawrence Krauss is Director of the ASU Origins Project at Arizona State University and Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Department of Physics.

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August Puzzles

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* Here are the AUGUST 2014 LOGIC & MATHS PUZZLES


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There are seven new Picture Puzzles and a new set of  “Mixed Bag” Questions at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE


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A two-part interview of Simon Singh while in Melbourne earlier this year
a) Trick or Treatment? Beware the Spinal Trap! 

b) The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

    Many thanks to Adam Ford!

National Curriculum, Gonski and Education for All

23 June, 2014

by Don Hyatt

The National Curriculum 2008

Don Hyatt

Don Hyatt

The current National Curriculum was initiated by the Rudd government in 2008. The task of development and implementation was given to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), an independent, non-political body, and agreed by the Ministers of Education in all states and territories in 2009. It was framed around the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA, December 2008) and the implementation was to be consultative and phased in over a several  years in 3 phases.  The National Curriculum frames the school curriculum from Foundation (= Prep) to Year 12 (F-12).

The construction of the curriculum was in four steps: Read the rest of this entry »

June Puzzles

1 June, 2014

gg57257402WORKEDJune’s Picture Puzzles and “Mixed Bag” Questions occupy pride of place at the top of our PUZZLES PAGE

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There are ten new LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS



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