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.

Thursday July 9 2015 Vic Skeptics Movie Night

“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”


The Victorian Skeptics are planning another film night at Nova Cinema Carlton on Thursday July 9th at 6.50pm.

This film has been getting 4 Star reviews.
The Director, Alex Gibney, has made a lot of highly rated and award winning docos in the past.
Scientology has been of particular interest to skeptics because of its cultish nature and betrayal of Science.

We had a great night a few months ago when we went as a group to see The Theory of Everything.
Seeing the early 6.50pm show gives us enough time to pop into a local pub after the show (e.g. The Clyde) and de-brief with food, drinks and deep conversation. Or light hearted conversation.

Please let us know asap if you are coming by booking via or text 0438 626107

Payment $15 (normal ticket price is $19.50) can be made:

– by tranfer to BSB 063157 a/c # 010131669 [reference your name + MOVIE]
– “donate” on this website (RH column) using PayPal (if you have a PayPal account).

July 20 2015 Skeptics Café

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Dr Siobhan Reddel

The limits of skepticism in relation to western and ‘complementary’ therapies

Modern health and medicine are complex areas to negotiate both as a consumer and a practitioner, particularly as there is often significant emotional overlay of transactions, which can increase the power of suggestion both in terms of diagnosis and treatment. These are issues which affect all Western and ‘complementary’ health practitioners. And in the community setting a (cost)effective physician relies on the art as well as the science of their craft. So where does modern ‘evidence’ come into this and how is that related to skepticism? And what of formal placebo as opposed to informal suggestion? Or indeed iatrogenesis – particularly in terms of labelling and creating unnecessary illness?
Siobhan Reddel will explore these topics. Drawing on both research and her clinical experience in different cultures and social milieu, she will discuss areas where application of scientific evidence is straight-forward and essential, and others where it may be better if an understanding of where the evidence ends and a more subtle approach to scepticism is applied.

Siobhan Reddel is a GP, epidemiologist and clinical hypnotist. She has practiced healthcare in a variety of settings in Australia as well as in rural India and Pakistan, Palestine, Vietnam and the Philippines. Currently she works both as a country doctor and an urban custodial (prison) medical officer. Her clinical sub-interests are drug and alcohol and sexual health medicine, as well as the physiological manifestations of chronic emotional trauma. In addition to these areas her research also focuses on the misuse of prescribed psychotropic medications, how humans filter information and mass psychogenic illness.

$4 entry

August 17 2015 Skeptics Café

DavidWaldronDr David Waldron

The Devil’s own board game: Satanism, moral panic and Dungeons and Dragons.

Dr David Waldron has been a lecturer in History and Anthropology at Federation University for the past 12 years teaching a wide array of history, sociology and anthropology courses. He also has a research focus on folklore and community identity.

He is the author of:

Sign of the Witch: Modernity and the Pagan Revival

Shock! The Black Dog of Bungay – a Case Study in Local Folklore


Snarls from the Tea-Tree: Victoria’s Big Cat Folklore. [see our review HERE]

He is currently engaged in creating an anthology of Gothic folklore from the Victorian goldfields of the 19th century.

$4 entry



The return to Australia of astrophysicist, author, celebrity, wrestler, world-recognised badass and one of the very first Think Inc. event guests, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

7th August PLENARY MCEC Melbourne
16th August – Brisbane
22nd August – Sydney
23rd August – Canberra

Australian Skeptics are proud co-sponsors of this event



Calendars of Free Public Lectures. 

(Link to lecture programs of the University of Melbourne, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the Atheist Society)

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