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SKEPTICS CAFÉ MONDAY 20 September 2021
Idan Ben-Barak , Science writer and children’s author makes a welcome return to Skeptics Café.
Picture Book 101: Adventures in Writing and Publishing Science Books for Children in Australia
STOP PRESS! This edition of Skeptics Café will also feature Brisbane-based musician, songwriter and science communicator Nathan Eggins.
SKEPTICS CAFÉ MONDAY 18 October 2021
Dr Michael Heap
Coercion, Compliance and Hypnosis
It is a widespread assumption that a person can be hypnotised and thus rendered obedient to the demands of the hypnotist, even behaving in ways that they would otherwise consider unreasonable or immoral. This belief is seemingly confirmed by demonstrations of stage hypnosis. The claim has been tested in laboratory experiments, but the focus of this presentation is on both civil and criminal cases, in which the speaker has acted as an expert witness, and where it is alleged that the claimant/ complainant or the defendant was hypnotised and under the control of the hypnotist. Analysis of these cases almost invariably reveals little about hypnosis, but of much greater interest is understanding why the people making the allegations were so compliant at the time.
Dr Michael Heap is a retired Clinical Forensic Psychologist, living in Sheffield. He is Chair of the Association for Skeptical Enquiry, co-founder of Sheffield Skeptics in the Pub and editor of the quarterly on-line newsletter The Skeptical Intelligencer.
SKEPTICS CAFÉ MONDAY 15 November 2021
Professor Megan Munsie
(School of Biomedical Sciences and Melbourne Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences:
Convener, Stem Cells Australia)
SKEPTICS CAFÉ MONDAY 20 December 2021
Security Hygiene in a World Obsessed With Going Digital
SOME PREVIOUS SKEPTICS CAFE’s have been recorded.
Gary Kennedy: Food Glorious Food? [November 2020]
Dr Paul Willis: Recent Highlights of Australian Palaeontology [December 2020]
Gabrielle Jackson: Is Pain Gendered? [January 2020]
–CALENDARS of FREE PUBLIC LECTURES
(Link to lecture programs of ANZAAS, the University of Melbourne, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the Atheist Society)