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.
Dinner with Lawrence Krauss
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.
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.
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.
September 15 2014 Skeptics Café
“Skeptivism – Rise up for Reason”
Amanda will be talking about skeptic activism and how we can be involved. This focus will be on the quacks and those who prey on the vulnerable and sick. There will also be an update on Burzynski and how you can help.
Psychics and those who tout spiritual healing and the benefits of homeopathy – especially with the current outbreak of Ebola.
Amanda is Vice President of Canberra Skeptics, Member of the Independent investigations Group in Los Angeles and Skeptic Action. Dedicated to promoting skeptic activism and annoying as many psychics as she can possibly manage.
October 20 2014 Skeptics Café
Linley has been interested in the story of Frederick Valentich since hearing about the case throughout the 80s.
Did Frederich Valentich experience a UFO or was it pilot error?
Linley has been a committee member of the Victorian Skeptics for the past three years.
She enjoys riding her Triumph, talking to cats, watching mindless telly and has never released a book. She dreams of being a pilot or a train driver in the future and meeting DEVO.
November 17 2014 Skeptics Café
Unfortunately the speaker previously advertised has had to cancel.
Instead, Mal Vickers will present. Mal is already known to many readers of this site as a bona fide skeptical activist. Details to be announced.
December 15 2014 Skeptics Café
Suspicious Minds – The Ethics of Conspiracy Belief
While conspiracy theories have been a part of our cultural landscape for centuries, the internet age has seemingly made them much more visible, if not more prevalent. While History, Cultural Studies and Psychology have all turned their scholarly attention to conspiracy theories, philosophy has had much less to say on the topic, focussing mainly on issues of how we define conspiracy theories and whether they are (always?) irrational. But conspiracy theorising is also something we do, and this raises the question: is this activity ethical? What are the moral implications of conspiracy theorising, and do we have moral obligations to avoid indulging in conspiracy theory?
Patrick Stokes is lecturer in Philosophy at Deakin University.
His research focuses largely on issues of selfhood, subjectivity, time, death, and moral psychology. He is the author of The Naked Self (Oxford, 2015) and Kierkegaard’s Mirrors (Palgrave, 2010) and co-editor of Narrative, Identity, and the Kierkegaardian Self (Edinburgh, 2015, with John Lippitt) and Kierkegaard and Death (Indiana, 2011, with Adam Buben).
He is a regular contributor to The Conversation, Triple R’s Breakfasters, and media commentator on philosophical matters.
January 19 2015 Skeptics Café
Dr Tye-Din is a gastroenterologist and researcher with an interest in coeliac disease. He is involved in the clinical care of patients with coeliac disease and his research has helped characterise the immunological response to gluten, underpinning design of improved diagnostics and treatments for patients. He participates in university, hospital and community-based education of other physicians, GPs, medical students and dietitians and is Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of Coeliac Australia.
-CALENDARS of FREE PUBLIC LECTURES
(Link to lecture programs of the University of Melbourne, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the Atheist Society