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.
February 12 2016 Darwin Day BYO & BBQ
February 15 2016 Skeptics Café
Science, the scientific method and scientific evidence
What is science? What constitutes scientific evidence?
The testable and contestable nature of science is a key concept in science education, at both school and university levels. It is also a fundamental tenet of the Australian Skeptics. However, there is a common misconception that the nature of science is synonymous with the “scientific method”.
Science and chemistry consist of much more than just the scientific method. For example, chemistry also involves measurement, synthesis and separation among other things. Real-world chemistry includes quality assurance and quality control, manufacture of polymers and pharmaceuticals, and extraction of natural products – yet these do not involve the scientific method.
This talk will discuss some of the key ideas in western science, and the meaning of the testable and contestable nature of science. The talk will address the question, what is evidence in science?
Kieran Lim is an associate professor at Deakin University. He has research interests in science education and forensic science. He is the recipient of a 2014 Australian Award for Teaching Excellence in the Physical Sciences and Related Studies, and the 2011 Fensham Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Chemical Education. In his spare time, Kieran is a volunteer Scout Leader.
March 21 2016 Skeptics Café
Dr David Hawkes
Virologist, science communicator and science advocate
April 18 2016 Skeptics Café
Dr Peter Thorne
Dr Thorne will discuss the difficulties that Australian technology-based companies experience in competing with big international companies for government contracts.
He was formerly the Head of the Department of Computer Science at The University of Melbourne and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Engineering until 1999. He has been a member of numerous State and Federal advisory boards and is currently the Director of Computer Forensic Services Pty Ltd: a company providing expert advice in computer disputes and litigations. For the last fifteen years Peter has led a team researching and documenting Australia’s pioneering achievements in computing. As Vice-President of the Royal Society of Victoria, Peter led the Burke and Wills sesquicentenary programme
May 16 2016 Skeptics Café
A variety of speakers on a variety of topics
-CALENDARS of FREE PUBLIC LECTURES
(Link to lecture programs of ANZAAS, the University of Melbourne, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the Atheist Society)