Review – Surfcoast Skepticamp 2018

3 April, 2018

It was a glorious, sunny day in Airey’s Inlet for the annual Skepticamp where we were privy to a range of fascinating talks to hone our critical thinking skills. For a $5 donation we were treated to a delicious, healthy lunch and many of us also took the opportunity to socialise over dinner at the nearby pub afterwards.

First up was Geelong Skeptics Society Co-founder and Speech Pathologist Zola Lawry who spoke about the importance of being skeptical about “Facilitated Communication”. Questions have been raised over who is actually communicating. Could it be the well-meaning facilitator rather than the severely disabled client? Zola presented the claims and the evidence for such cases as Anne McDonald of “Annie’s Coming Out” fame and her facilitator Rosemary Crossley. Read the rest of this entry »


Bonus Puzzles for April 2018

2 April, 2018

Seven pages of Word puzzles, anagrams, riddles, etc in pdf form.

Vic Skeptics Website April 2018 Bonus Puzzles

Enjoy!


Images from the Australian Skeptics Convention 2017

2 April, 2018

Apologies for the lateness of this posting – but I think you’ll agree – worth the wait.

From the very talented Mal Vickers: click on this link.

AUSTRALIAN SKEPTICS CONVENTION 2017 IMAGES


We’ll take this opportunity to announce (or remind you of) the early arrangements for the 2018 Convention. It will be in Sydney again, on the 13th and 14th of October.

We’ll provide you with more details and a direct link to the Convention site as they come to hand.


3D printing, teeth and human evolution

1 April, 2018

Dr Varsha Pilbrow spoke at March’s Skeptics Café. Dr Pilbrow is a Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at Melbourne University.

She specializes in the dental morphology of the living apes, and is currently working on international research projects in the study of fossil hominids and  in bioarchaeology, studying the physical anthropology of human skeletal remains from archaeological sites at the cross-roads of major human migration routes. Read the rest of this entry »


Regular Public Lectures, Workshops, etc.

1 April, 2018

Melbournians are fortunate to have access to many regular events which exist to stimulate inquiry and promote Science, Philosophy and Critical Thinking. These events are open to the public. They are mostly free.

Here are some of them.

ANZAAS Free Public Lectures: Monthly, with weeknight and date as advertised on the website http://www.anzaas.org.au/victoria/

ROYAL SOCIETY of VICTORIA Lecture Program: Fourth Thursday of each Month plus other events as advertised https://rsv.org.au/lecture-program/

UNIVERSITY of MELBOURNE Free Public Lectures: Several each month,  weeknights, early evenings as advertised.
http://events.unimelb.edu.au/all/free-public-lecture
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Puzzles for April 2018

31 March, 2018

This April:

Enjoy!


Puzzles for March 2018

28 February, 2018

New for March:

Enjoy!