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.
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
Chiropractors Crack Me Up
Mal is already known to many readers of this site as a bona fide skeptical activist.
Further 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 Jason Tye-Din is a gastroenterologist and researcher. He heads the coeliac research program at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and runs a coeliac clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Jason completed his medical degree at Melbourne University in 1995 and undertook clinical training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital specialising in gastroenterology. A PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute sparked an interest in research, immunology, and food-related disease, and enabled him to undertake studies into the immunologic basis of gluten toxicity in human coeliac volunteers. This research formed the basis for the design of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for coeliac disease now in clinical trials.
-CALENDARS of FREE PUBLIC LECTURES
(Link to lecture programs of the University of Melbourne, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the Atheist Society