Canberra Skeptics – “Issues which divide Skeptics”

Canberra Skeptics Inc and the Australian National University College of Medicine, Biology and Environment will present a public lecture on August 16 titled “Issues which divide Skeptics” Speaker will be Dr Martin Bridgstock, Griffith University.

The lecture will be at Lecture Theatre 2, Manning Clark Centre, Union Court, Australian National University, from 6.00pm.

Belief in the paranormal, according to a wide range of polls and measures, hovers at about 80% of the Australian population. The Australian Skeptics are a small network of people who keep demanding evidence for paranormal beliefs. They test dowsers and psychics, criticise creationists and expose quackery in alternative medicine.

Despite all this activity, Skeptics disagree on some fairly fundamental issues. What is the link between skepticism and atheism, if any?  What should Skeptics think about human-induced climate change? Should there be a national organisation, to which all Australian Skeptics can belong? These are questions about which Skeptics disagree sharply, and sometimes angrily.

In this talk, for the first time, a prominent Skeptic tackles all of these issues head-on. The aim will not be to push a particular viewpoint, but to open the issues for profitable thinking and discussion. By the end of the talk, you will know what the speaker thinks about the issues, and why, but you will also have the chance to articulate your own views.

Dr Bridgstock, a senior lecturer at Griffith University, has been associated with the Skeptical movement for more than 25 years. He runs the highly successful course Skepticism, Science and the Paranormal, which has won several teaching prizes. He is a former joint Australian Skeptic of the Year, a consultant to CSI, and has also won the Australian Skeptics’ Prize for Critical Thinking. His skeptical book Beyond Belief was published by Cambridge University Press last year.

Dinner will follow the lecture (at a venue tbc).  To RSVP for the dinner please contact act1@nullskeptics.com.au.

For further information about Canberra Skeptics Incorporated please visit our website: http://finch.customer.netspace.net.au/skeptics/

This event was made possible by a grant from the National Science Week.