Our regular monthly event, Skeptics Café happens on the third Monday of each month. 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.

Skeptics Cafés will now be hosted at the Clyde Hotel Carlton until further notice.

Thursday 17 August 2017: SPECIAL EVENT: Artificial Intelligence / Human Possibilities

Assessing emerging risks and opportunities in machine cognition.

Ben Goertzel, Marcus Hutter, Peter Cheeseman and Joscha Bach – experts in the field of artificial intelligence – will discuss the human impact of artificial intelligence.

Doors open at 6:15pm for a 7:00pm start; Tentative end time is 10:00pm.
Ibis Melbourne Hotel, 15-21 Therry Street, Melbourne.

Book for the event through either Meetup or TryBooking.

CONTACT DETAILS: 1800 666 996

This is a free public session of the 10th Artificial General Intelligence Conference sponsored by the Australian Skeptics Victorian Branch.

August 21 2017 Skeptics Café

chris guest poster

Chris Guest: Quantum Logic: the Rise of the Memes

(note a change of speaker from that previously advertised)

The Clyde Hotel, cnr Elgin & Cardigan Streets Carlton

Meal from 6pm, talk at 8 pm

$4 entry

September 18 2017 Skeptics Café

Do Skeptics Have Irrational Beliefs?

A workshop conducted by Ross Finlay

The Clyde Hotel, cnr Elgin & Cardigan Streets Carlton

Meal from 6pm, workshop commences 8 pm

$4 entry

October 16 2017 Skeptics Café

Dr Rachel Carey

Dr Rachel Carey : Melbourne’s food future: planning a resilient city foodbowl

Melbourne’s city foodbowl currently produces around half of Victoria’s vegetables, and has the capacity to meet around 40% of Greater Melbourne’s food needs, but by 2050 challenges to food production from population growth and urban sprawl could significantly reduce the capacity of the city’s foodbowl to feed the city. This presentation will draw on the findings of the Foodprint Melbourne project to explore the pressures on the city’s food supply and the significance of Melbourne’s foodbowl to the city’s food security in the face of challenges from declining supplies of natural resources and climate change.

Dr Rachel Carey is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Food Policy Research Group at the University of Melbourne, where she researches sustainable food systems, food security and food production on Melbourne’s urban fringe. She leads the Foodprint Melbourne project, which is investigating environmental challenges to Melbourne’s future food supply and strategies for a more resilient and sustainable food future. Rachel has a background in food policy, and has worked on food policies for the City of Melbourne and City of Greater Geelong.

The Clyde Hotel, cnr Elgin & Cardigan Streets Carlton

Meal from 6pm, speaker at 8 pm

$4 entry

Thursday November 9 2017

Vic Skeptics 13th Annual Trivia Night

Your quizmasters are Tony Pitman & Ken Greatorex
$15 per person
The Clyde Hotel, cnr Elgin & Cardigan Streets Carlton

November 18 & 19 2017

Tickets are now available for Skepticon, the 33rd Australian Skeptics National Convention, November 2017

The Skeptical highlight of the year, our 33rd convention is being organised by Think Inc, and will be held on November 18-19, 2017, at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney.

This promises to be a great event, with speakers including:
American television personality, filmmaker, and public speaker Jason Silva;
science media star Dr Karl;
TV personality and University of Sydney’s Ambassador for Mathematics and Science Adam Spencer;
Science communicator, journalist, producer, television host and podcaster Cara Santa Maria;
astronomer Prof Alan Duffy;
YouTube super-debunker Captain Dissolution;
comedian and MC Lawrence Leung;
former naturopath and now critic of alt med Britt Hermes;
doctor and TV personality Dr Brad McKay;
award winning documentary maker Sonya Pemberton;
Walkley award-winner journalist Kathy Marks;
doctor-cum-magician Dr Vyom Sharma;
the Cognitive Dissonance Podcast

Tickets HERE

November 20 2017 Skeptics Café

Idan Ben-Barak (Melbourne-based writer and Science communicator):Why Aren’t We Dead Yet?


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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