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.
August 18 2014 Skeptics Café
Back by popular request!
A variety of speakers on a variety of topics
September 15 2014 Skeptics Café
October 20 2014 Skeptics Café
Linley Kissick will discuss the history of UFOs in Victoria as well as the mythology surrounding the disappearance of 20-year-old piot Frederick Valentich over Bass Strait in 1978
November 17 2014 Skeptics Café
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.
-CALENDARS of FREE PUBLIC LECTURES
(Link to lecture programs of the University of Melbourne, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the Atheist Society