Events

Our regular monthly event, Skeptics Café happens on the third Monday of each month at La Notte Restaurant, 140 Lygon Street Carlton. (nearest intersection – Pelham Street). We commence with a drink and a meal from about 6pm, and there is usually a talk from 8pm. Skeptics Cafés are public events – everyone is welcome.


April 21 2014 Skeptics Café

Speaker: Chris Guest Topic: The Jesus Myth

The existence of a historical Jesus is often questioned in freethinking circles by a resurgent movement of “Jesus Mythologists”. The origins of this movement is discussed and the core ideas of Earl Doherty, Robert M Price and Richard Carrier are critically evaluated.
Chris Guest is an software developer with an academic background in Philosophy and Machine Learning.
He is interested in applying critical reasoning to boundary problems in skepticism.
As a member of Australian Skeptics Victorian Branch he is involved in consumer complaints and skeptical advocacy.
Chris Guest 250W
(New $4 entry applies)

May 19 2014 Skeptics Café

Trivia Night

Tenth Annual Vic Skeptics Trivia Extravaganza

*May bring healthy balance to your cerebral synapses 

*May cause mirth and hilarity.

*May cure scrofula and Night Starvation

*May 19 – Be there or be a right-angled rhombus!

Great prizes include signed copies of books by Simon Singh, Lynne Kelly and Chris French Special early starting time of 7.30 pm Bring your team (maximum of six) or come on your own.

Want to get some practice in? Try some of our “Mixed Bag” Questions on the Puzzles Page or Puzzles Archives.

(New $4 entry applies)


June 16 2014 Skeptics Café

Don Hyatt

Don Hyatt

Don Hyatt: Why Education Matters

Australia’s educational leaning tower of PISA

Australian Education – Going, going Gonski?

Pyning for a better education in Australia.

The educational framework within which students begin their educational lives sets their views on how they see society and how they might reach their potential, subsequently making a valuable contribution to society. It is vital that Australia has a high quality education system that serves our needs and enables the future generation to take us to the country we want to be.

A quality education for all students would seem to be the best investment for any country’s long term future. Exactly how that might be achieved is very much a political issue and open to interpretation. Skeptics need to be informed, actively interested and involved in the educational debate with a view to ensuring that the public is properly informed and politicians make decisions for the right reasons and in the interests of everyone.

In this talk Don will look at the results of the PISA study released in November 2013 and what they mean to Australia. We will also look at how the Gonski Review may or may not address what reforms are needed. Layered on top of this is the current implementation of the National Curriculum and the recently released Pyne Review of Education.

Where is all this going? Oh, and there are students to be considered.

Don Hyatt is a well known Victorian Skeptic having served on the Victorian Committee and convened the Australian Skeptics National Convention in 2012. He founded the Skeptic Groups of Victoria which he still convenes. Don taught and occupied a variety of educational roles for over 30 years in Victorian schools where he was actively involved in curriculum development with particular interest in science education. He spent time in Curriculum & Research Branch of the Education Department and as Education Officer at the CSIRO Science Education Centre. He was the Foundation National Director of Australian Science in Schools Weeks, now National Science Week. He is a past President of the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria, co-author of several chemistry texts and sat on the national body developing the principles for the determination of Highly Accomplished Teachers of Science. He holds an M. Ed from Melbourne University on learning development in the transition from Child Science to Teacher Science. In his spare time he is currently Victorian Chairman of the Australian Shareholders Association.

$4 entry 


July 21 2014 Skeptics Café

MainBee-apisDr John Roberts:  Postdoctoral fellow, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences: Bee Deaths


August 18 2014 Skeptics Café

Back by popular request!

SOAPBOX

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A variety of speakers on a variety of topics



-CALENDARS of FREE PUBLIC LECTURES

Calendars of Free Public Lectures. 

(Link to lecture programs of the University of Melbourne, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the Atheist Society


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