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.


November 17 2014 Skeptics Café

mal-vickers-spotMal Vickers

Chiropractors Crack Me Up

Roll up, Roll up!
Join in the conversation about chiropractors who can cure any disease known to man! There is nothing a chiropractor can’t treat! This will be a spine tingling, bone crunching, look at chiropractic advertising. Is it just manipulation with a little extra placebo on the side or can they really treat bedwetting, tinnitus, period pain, colic, asthma and ear infection with a little twist of the spine?
Mal Vickers is a Vic Skeptics committee member who, in his spare time, has spent many hours researching and investigating claims in chiropractic advertising. By day, he is a mild-mannered service technician and by night, he is a super sleuth who seeks the truth.

$4 entry

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November 28-30 2014

Australian Skeptics Convention 2014

The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney NSW

December 5 2014

An Evening With James Randi


Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre.

Other tour dates:

December 15 2014 Skeptics Café


Patrick Stokes
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.

$4 entry

January 19 2015 Skeptics Café

Dr Jason Tye-Din
Dr Jason Tye-Din

Gluten sensitive or just plain sensitive?
Once considered an uncommon curiosity, coeliac disease is now regarded as one of the most prevalent immune illnesses affecting humans. It wasn’t until the mid 20th century that gluten was firmly identified as the causative agent which led to the treatment sufferers still employ today, a lifelong gluten free diet. Whilst the role of the gluten free diet as a medical treatment for coeliac disease is well established, its promotion as a panacea for a multitude of symptoms and diseases has served to blur and potentially undermine its role as a critical treatment for coeliac disease. Dr Jason Tye-Din will provide a modern understanding of coeliac disease and the key issues encountered by patients, clinicians, and the food industry.  He will discuss contemporary research into the nebulous entity known as “gluten sensitivity”, and reveal how rigorous, randomised and blinded studies are revealing new insights into the harm or, more importantly, lack of harm, caused by gluten.

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

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