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.
June 15 2015 Skeptics Café
Janice Teng: The Science Talent Search
Janice is a secondary science-trained teacher with 10 years school experience, and is now the Science Talent Search Project Officer.
She has been a member of the Science Talent Search committee since 1997, serving 3 years as a Co-Director, and the rest as a Section Co-ordinator for Working Models and Inventions.
Jan Campione and Helen Hiotis: The Science Drama Awards
Thursday June 25 2015
11th Annual Trivia Night
La Notte Restaurant, 140 Lygon Street Carlton
Alfresco dinner from 6pm
Trivia in The Club Room will start at 7:30 sharp (expected finishing time 10 pm)
Lots of great prizes, including Dinner for two to the value of $100 courtesy La Notte Restaurant
$15 per head Bookings will be required.
Book via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 666 996 or 9378 4414.
You can come as a team of six, or take pot luck on the night.
July 20 2015 Skeptics Café
Dr Siobhan Reddel
The limits of skepticism in relation to western and ‘complementary’ therapies
Modern health and medicine are complex areas to negotiate both as a consumer and a practitioner, particularly as there is often significant emotional overlay of transactions, which can increase the power of suggestion both in terms of diagnosis and treatment. These are issues which affect all Western and ‘complementary’ health practitioners. And in the community setting a (cost)effective physician relies on the art as well as the science of their craft. So where does modern ‘evidence’ come into this and how is that related to skepticism? And what of formal placebo as opposed to informal suggestion? Or indeed iatrogenesis – particularly in terms of labelling and creating unnecessary illness?
Siobhan Reddel will explore these topics. Drawing on both research and her clinical experience in different cultures and social milieu, she will discuss areas where application of scientific evidence is straight-forward and essential, and others where it may be better if an understanding of where the evidence ends and a more subtle approach to scepticism is applied.
Siobhan Reddel is a GP, epidemiologist and clinical hypnotist. She has practiced healthcare in a variety of settings in Australia as well as in rural India and Pakistan, Palestine, Vietnam and the Philippines. Currently she works both as a country doctor and an urban custodial (prison) medical officer. Her clinical sub-interests are drug and alcohol and sexual health medicine, as well as the physiological manifestations of chronic emotional trauma. In addition to these areas her research also focuses on the misuse of prescribed psychotropic medications, how humans filter information and mass psychogenic illness.
August 17 2015 Skeptics Café
The Devil’s own board game: Satanism, moral panic and Dungeons and Dragons.
Dr David Waldron has been a lecturer in History and Anthropology at Federation University for the past 12 years teaching a wide array of history, sociology and anthropology courses. He also has a research focus on folklore and community identity.
He is the author of:
Sign of the Witch: Modernity and the Pagan Revival
Shock! The Black Dog of Bungay – a Case Study in Local Folklore
Snarls from the Tea-Tree: Victoria’s Big Cat Folklore. [see our review HERE]
He is currently engaged in creating an anthology of Gothic folklore from the Victorian goldfields of the 19th century.
-CALENDARS of FREE PUBLIC LECTURES
(Link to lecture programs of the University of Melbourne, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the Atheist Society)