30 September, 2018
Each month we publish a themed Skeptical Crossword (this month on Homeopathy), a set of seven Picture Puzzles, a set of twenty Mixed Bag Questions (Trivia / General Knowledge) and a set of Logic & Maths Puzzles. They can be found, blog-style, at the top of the Puzzles Page.
A bonus three picture Puzzles are shown at left. The solutions can be found HERE.
Our earlier puzzles can be found at:
3 September, 2018
Professor Susan Blackmore is a psychologist, lecturer and writer researching consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth.
She is a TED lecturer, blogs for the Guardian, and often appears on radio and television.
The Meme Machine (1999) has been translated into 16 other languages; more recent books include Conversations on Consciousness (2005), Zen and the Art of Consciousness (2011), Seeing Myself: The new science of out-of-body experiences (2017) and a textbook Consciousness: An Introduction (3rd Ed 2018).
Professor Blackmore is visiting Australia in October. Her appearances will include:
Melbourne: (One night only) Thursday October 11 Royal Society of Victoria
Booking info: https://memes-n-tremes.eventbrite.com.au
Sydney: Australian Skeptics National Convention October 13 &14
Canberra: Monday October 15 (Details to be announced)
31 July, 2018
The Skeptical Crossword for August 2018 is themed to Religious Ideas.
96 August 2018 Crossword Religious Ideas
Our Skeptical crosswords generally have two sets of clues, one “standard” and the other “cryptic”. These monthly crosswords are all available in archive, are all based on themes related to Skepticism, and go back to 2010.
Other crosswords, wordsearches and cryptograms specifically for classroom use are available here: https://vicskeptics.wordpress.com/useful-info/
Our Mixed Bag Questions have a format of twenty trivia-type questions, (ten “easy”and ten “harder”), with answers supplied.
08 August 2018 Mixed bag questions
All of our previous sets of Mixed Bag Questions are available in archive.
Our Logic & Maths Puzzles consist of ten questions of varying levels of difficulty. Solutions are supplied.
Logic and Maths Puzzles 73 August 2018
There are now over seventy such puzzles available in archive
A new set of Picture Puzzles can be found each month at the top of the Puzzles Page.
17 July, 2018
Dr Vyom Sharma
After gaining his medical degree in 2008, Vyom Sharma completed specialist training and currently works in Melbourne as a General Practitioner. However alongside his clinical work, he has carved out a career in show business.
As a magician and mentalist, he has performed live stage shows at the Sydney Opera House, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and was a grand finalist on Australia’s Got Talent.
His knowledge of medicine, combined with his experiences with the psychology of deception have afforded him a rare insight into the human experience of truth and persuasion. He explores the neuroscience of deception and beliefs as a regular Guest Lecturer at Monash University’s school of biological sciences.
He has debunked pseudoscientific therapies in the media, including Fairfax newspapers, Triple R radio and medical trade magazines.
Vyom Sharma will be our featured speaker at next Skeptics Café (Monday August 20)
He will also appear at Australian Skeptics Annual Convention in Sydney over the weekend of October 13 & 14
30 June, 2018
Fresh Picture Puzzles are at the top of the Puzzles Page.
Mixed Bag Questions, Skeptical Crosswords and Logic & Maths Puzzles now come in pdf form and can be reached from here or from the Puzzles Page.
07 July 2018 Mixed bag questions
95 July 2018 Crossword Famous Scientists
Logic and Maths Puzzles 72 July 2018
The PDF format requires the Adobe Reader for viewing. The Adobe Reader is free software and may be obtained at this website: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
25 May, 2018
We have much pleasure in announcing Sharon Hill as our June Skeptics Café speaker. Sharon is a Pennsylvanian geologist who researches the paranormal, pseudoscience, and anomalous natural phenomena.
As well as being a prolific columnist and speaker she is a co-founder of
and hosts the podcast 15 Credibility Street.
She is the author of Scientifical Americans: The Culture of Amateur Paranormal Researchers.
Skeptics Café is a regular monthly event and members of the public are welcome.
Monday June 18, The Clyde Hotel Carlton, 8pm (or join us for a meal from 6 pm)