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.

June 18 2018 Skeptics Café

Head to the outer limits with this look at geological situations, phenomena, and anomalies that are perceived by many laypersons as having a magical, paranormal, or supernatural basis including beliefs about earth energies, mystical connections, alternative geological interpretations, haunted places, and deadly disasters.

Also falling under the heading of Spooky Geology are widely-believed folkloric or superstitious concepts such as water witching (dowsing), ley lines, entrances to Hell, crystal healing power, and energy vortices.

Increased media portrayal of amateur paranormal investigation has rejuvenated interest in unusual natural phenomena, the stone and water tape theories of hauntings, earth lights, and places of “mystery” and “high strangeness”.

Alternative and implausible fringe beliefs about the earth, such as the Flat Earth “theory” and End Times, appear in mainstream media gaining new attention and proponents.

Rounding out the unsettled edges of nature are bizarre accounts that appear decidedly unnatural and eerie: moving, ringing and exploding rocks, patterned ground, out-of-place geologic finds, and sudden ground collapse. While some may view unusual geological events as mysterious, spiritual, or mystical, the scientifically-minded see them as having plausible, if complicated and technical, natural explanations.

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

July 16 2018 Skeptics Café

Dr Carlo Kopp

Australian freelance defence analyst and academic

Understanding the Deception Pandemic

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

August 20 2018 Skeptics Café

Dr Vyom Sharma, GP and magician.

Details to be announced.

September 20 2018 Skeptics Café

Don Hyatt

The Slow Motion Skeptic

Details to be announced.

The dedicated website for The Convention is up and running:


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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