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 are hosted at the Clyde Hotel Carlton.

January 21 2019 Skeptics Café

Nicholas J Johnson

State Library Secrets: Exploring the WG Alma Conjuring Collection

Nicholas J. Johnson is a professional speaker, magician, author and educator who specialises in improving the public’s understanding of deception, and helping them to identify scams, hoaxes and suspect science. For the past 20 years, Nicholas has worked with businesses, law-enforcement agencies and universities to uncover the tricks behind the tricks.
Nicholas is currently curating an exhibit of magic books and resources for State Library Victoria. The WG Alma Conjuring Collection is one of the largest collections of magic resources in the world. In this talk, Nicholas will explore some of the secrets of the collection including fascinating tales of the clairvoyants, psychics and snake oil salesmen found within the collection.

$4 per person
The Clyde Hotel, cnr Elgin & Cardigan Streets Carlton

February 12 2019 DARWIN DAY

Details to be announced

February 18 2019 Skeptics Café

Emily Vicendese
Details to be announced

$4 per person
The Clyde Hotel, cnr Elgin & Cardigan Streets Carlton

Surfcoast Summer Skepticamp VII

Saturday February 23 2019

Aireys Inlet Community Hall

Free! (But booking is required)

Review of Surf Coast Skepticamp 2018:

March 18 2019 Skeptics Café

Dr Richard Collmann (Senior Researcher, University of Melbourne)

Green Clyde – Urban Forestry

Dr Collmann will discuss the Urban Green Spaces Initiative.

“Green Clyde” is an acknowledgement that The Clyde Hotel, our Skeptics Café venue for the last two years has been an active collaborator in this project.

$4 per person
The Clyde Hotel, cnr Elgin & Cardigan Streets Carlton


April 15 2019 Skeptics Café

Lana Bavykina

Why was Tolstoy excommunicated by the Orthodox Church? 

Tolstoy didn’t believe in any supernatural aspects of religion and used certain techniques and tools in his writing that got him in trouble with Orthodox church.
As skeptics we don’t want to be told how to think, instead we like to have tools that help us analyze and be aware of patterns of our thinking.
Tolstoy was a promoter of humanism and nonviolent resistance. His motto was “Be kind and do not fight evil with violence”.
So, what tools did he use?

Lana is a Software Developer, reading enthusiast and orchid grower.
She lives in Melbourne and likes to improve Wikipedia (mostly Russian) in her free time.

(venue to be announced)


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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