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.
September 19 2016 Skeptics Café
Dr Megan Munsie
“Hype, hope and reality of stem cell science”
Associate Professor Megan Munsie is a scientist, based at The University of Melbourne, where she heads the Education, Ethics, Law & Community Awareness Unit at the Australian Research Council funded Stem Cells Australia initiative. Over the last decade, Megan has co-authored numerous educational resources for the public and health professionals, contributed to the development of policy in Australia and abroad, and collaborated in research projects focused on exploring regulation and community expectation in stem cell science. She is an advisor to several organisations including Chair of the International Society for Stem Cell Research’s ‘Closer Look at Stem Cells’ task force and the Policy, Ethics and Translation Sub-Committee of the Australasian Society for Stem Cell Research.
Megan has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Queensland University of Technology, a Masters in Reproductive Sciences and a PhD from Monash University. During her PhD in 2000, she demonstrate that stem cells could be made from ‘cloned’ mouse embryos – the first proof-of-concept for therapeutic cloning. She has also worked as an embryologist in IVF clinics and for an ASX listed biotechnology company.
October 17 2016 Skeptics Café
“The Curse of Knowledge”
‘Once you know something, it becomes impossible to imagine what it’s like not to know it.’
The curse of knowledge is a simple but insidious cognitive bias that runs rampant through our lives. This leaves us confused, frustrated and even worse, oblivious of our ignorance. This session will pin down the curse and look at some possible antidotes.
Mark Rooney is an English Language Teacher & Teacher Trainer/Developer
A native Irish man who moved to Australia in 2009 after teaching in Ireland, England, Spain and Japan he is currently working at Monash College English Language Centre.
Speakers include Lawrence Krauss, Michael “Marsh” Marshall, Harriet Hall, Edzard Ernst, Mel Thomson, Ken Harvey, Lynne Kelly, Lara Wood & Deanne Carson (Fairness In Religion in Schools), Peter Bowditch, Emma Miley, Tracey McDermott, Ken McLeod, Wendy Wilkinson, David Hawkes, Mal Vickers, Jo Alabaster, and Ross Balch.
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-CALENDARS of FREE PUBLIC LECTURES
(Link to lecture programs of ANZAAS, the University of Melbourne, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the Atheist Society)