We’ll lead off with the excellent news that after a twelve-month recess, Peninsula Skeptics are re-starting: on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The venue is The Peninsula Club, Gibson Street Dromana.
Your convenor Graeme Hanigan says: The night will be primarily social, perhaps a round table suggestion of topics for the future. Please go to the MEETUP GROUP to read more and to RSVP.
Graeme is also keen for Peninsula Skeptics to be involved in Science Week (mid August) and is looking for suggestions and ideas on some of the best ways to achieve this.
are travelling nicely with our regular Skeptics Café at La Notte Restaurant, 140 Lygon Street Carlton.
The next event is on Monday 20th May, where Ken Greatorex will host our Ninth Annual Trivia Extravaganza.
Please join us (with a team of up to six people, or just by yourself) for a meal at 6pm, with the Trivia starting at 7:30 pm. See our EVENTS page for details of Skeptics Cafés well into the future.
Suddenly the Vic Skeptics blog has got bigger, though you probably haven’t noticed. We’ve gone from 80 posts to 220. Our old “keypoint” site will eventually be shut down. Ahead of that, rather than dump the old stuff, a big effort has gone into moving it from the old site to this one.
If you have a little spare time and feel like reading some re-born old posts try these:
On Monday night the Victorian Skeptics ran their annual Trivia Night.
Many thanks to Ken for all the work he did … collating questions, getting prizes, putting the audio of the horse race together, lugging all the equipment, etc, etc…
As usual, the questions were of a skeptical / scientific bent. They ranged from dowsing the location of “Mystic Park” on a map of Victoria, to identifying anti-vax crusader Meryl Dorey from a fuzzy photo.
One of the highlights of the evening was the running of the Alternative Handicap, which is well worth a listen.
Current and upcoming activities and news from the Victorian Branch of the Australian Skeptics. Please see our latest April Bulletin [PDF].
Vic Skeptics has an email news group. We send about one bulletin per month, listing and describing our upcoming events and activities, as well as supplying contact information for similar organisations. To join this group, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vic_skeptics_news/
I’m just back home from seeing, and enjoying, ”God Is Bullshit: And That’s The Good News” by Catherine Deveny at the Trades Hall and on the way home I dropped in to Readings for a browse (as one does).
My eyes fell upon a book called “Conceiving God: the Cognitive Origin and Evolution of Religion” by David Lewis-Williams. Like a good skeptic I read the blurb and the start and the last page, to see how it ended.
On the last page was a lovely line something, from memory, like this…
Repeatedly, science is modifying religion, never vice versa.
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Every third Monday of the month the Victorian Branch of the Australian Skeptics hosts a talk or event held at:
LA NOTTE RESTAURANT,
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Join us for an informal meal and social chat with like-minded people at the restaurant from 6 pm.
Alternatively, you can turn up at 8 pm for the speaker or event in the function room at the rear of the restaurant.
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YAS Blog Anthology
The Young Australian Skeptics Blog Anthology is out now!
This collection features some of the best online skeptical writing of recent years, as nominated by readers.
The book includes contributions from Dr Phil Plait of “Bad Astronomy” Dr Karen Stollznow of the Point of Inquiry Podcast Brian Thompson of The Amateur Scientist podcast
Skepticblog’s Daniel Loxton and Yau-Man Chan
New York City Skeptics’ Lisa Bauer
UK Skeptic Dr Chris French
Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe’s Evan Bernstein ... and many others!
The e-book is available here or visit the Young Australian Skeptics website.
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