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.

September 21 2015 Skeptics Café


Dr Lynne Kelly

A Skeptic Still Tackling Stonehenge

Five years after she first threw her radical new theory about the purpose of Stonehenge at the Victorian Skeptics, Lynne Kelly is back. With the PhD done, the theory has just been published globally. Now she’s adding more including the ‘mystery’ of Easter Island and the Nasca Lines that Von Daniken attributed to aliens. It’s all about indigenous cultures memorising vast amounts of practical knowledge: animals, plants, navigation, seasons, genealogy, geology, astronomy, timekeeping, resource rights, laws … the list goes on and on. Lynne will explain the amazing array of mnemonic technologies used and how you can implement them yourself.

Dr Lynne Kelly is a founding member of the Australian Skeptics. She has published ten books for education, one novel and three popular science titles including ‘The Skeptic’s Guide to the Paranormal’. Lynne Kelly’s latest book, ‘Knowledge and power in prehistoric societies’, is published by Cambridge University Press.


Special Event – Susan Gerbic


Thursday 1st October 2015

Affectionately called The Wikipediatrician, Susan Gerbic is the co-founder of Monterey County Skeptics, and a regular contributor to SKEPTICALITY podcast and the founder of the GUERILLA SKEPTICISM on WIKIPEDIA project. She received the “In the Trenches” award at CFI’s 2012 Skeptic’s Toolbox, and the James Randi award for Skepticism in the Public Interest in 2013. Gerbic’s efforts to clean up pseudoscience on Wikipedia and create pages for well-known skeptics has made her a “super villain” in the eyes of the paranormal community. You can contact her at

7.30 pm

The Club Room,

La Notte Restaurant 140 Lygon Street Carlton

($5 entry)

(Join us for an al fresco meal from 6pm)

October 19 2015 Skeptics Café


Dr David Vaux

More Scientists Behaving Badly

‘In the Netherlands, the highest body in charge of research integrity is the National Board for Research Integrity (LOWI). Its members are all members of the Netherlands National Academy of Science. They handle about 30 cases per year, but only those cases that are difficult, where there has been an appeal, or where the institution does not appear to be doing a good job. LOWI has helped manage some high profile cases, such as those of psychologists Diederik Stapel and Jens Forster.

Australia’s population is about 25% greater than the Netherlands’, but we don’t have any national office for research integrity, and the reports of misconduct findings from Australian institutions are very rare. One possible explanation for the difference is that Australian researchers are much more honest than the Dutch. But there are other, less savoury explantations…

In this talk I will provide some examples of why we should learn from other countries, so that we can manage research integrity better.’

Dr Vaux is Assistant Director at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and Head, Cell Signalling and Cell Death Division. He’s also Senior Principal Research Fellow with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

He graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne in 1984, and after spending an intern year at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, commenced a PhD at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Here he showed that the function of the putative oncogene product Bcl-2 was to inhibit cell death. After obtaining his PhD in 1989, he was a post-doctoral fellow in Irv Weissman’s lab at Stanford, where together with Stuart Kim he made transgenic C. elegans worms that expressed human bcl-2. He returned to Australia in 1993, and has mainly focused on the IAP family of proteins, and their antagonists, such as Smac/Diablo and HtrA2/Omi

Dr Vaux presented Scientists Behaving Badly at Skeptics Café in January 2010. His talk prompted the following article:


Calendars of Free Public Lectures. 

(Link to lecture programs of ANZAAS, the University of Melbourne, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the Atheist Society)

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