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Important information for parents: the facts about vaccination.

Immunisation saves lives. Since the humble observations about cowpox made by Edward Jenner in the 1700s, vaccination programs have saved millions of lives and dramatically decreased child mortality and suffering. Diseases such as smallpox are now consigned to history, while polio has virtually disappeared. But sadly there are some people who are vehemently opposed to vaccinations. While they … Read on »

Melbourne: Skeptics Café — Why Education Matters

[ Monday, June 16, 2014; 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. ] Date: June 16th 2014 Time: Dinner from 6pm — Talk from 8pm Speaker: Don Hyatt Talk: Why Education Matters: Australia’s educational leaning tower of PISA. Australian Education – Going, going Gonski? Pyning for a better education in Australia. Location: La Notte Restaurant, 140 Lygon Street, Carlton $4 admission for talk The educational framework within which students begin their educational lives … Read on »

Melbourne: Skeptics Café — The Jesus Myth

[ Monday, April 21, 2014; 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. ] Date: April 21st 2014 Time: Dinner from 6pm — Talk from 8pm Speaker: Chris Guest Talk: The Jesus Myth Location: La Notte Restaurant, 140 Lygon Street, Carlton $4 admission for talk The existence of a historical Jesus is often questioned in freethinking circles by a resurgent movement of “Jesus Mythologists”. The origins of this movement is discussed and the core ideas … Read on »

Sydney dinner: From vampire moths to killer mozzies

The weird world of blood-sucking insects. Dr Cameron Webb, Medical Entomologist from the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital, on the insects that want to drink your blood, their mysterious lifestyles and, most importantly, the best  —  and the worst  —  ways to beat their bites! Go to the shop to purchase tickets. … Read on »

Sydney dinner: From vampire moths to killer mozzies

[ Saturday, May 24, 2014 6:30 pm to Sunday, May 25, 2014 10:00 pm. ] The weird world of blood-sucking insects. Insects kill millions of people every year, and they outnumber us by billions-to-one. And they’re coming to a city and a home near you! Dr Cameron Webb, Medical Entomologist from the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital, will give a fun, fascinating and itch-inducing presentation on everything you want … Read on »

It’s official — homeopathy doesn’t work!

The National Health & Medical Research Council draft information paper on the effectiveness of homeopathy finds that “There is no reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective for treating health conditions.” This is a view that Australian Skeptics has been propounding for some time, and thus thoroughly endorses. “It is especially timely during ‘Homeopathy Awareness Week’  —  due to start on April … Read on »

Canberra Skeptics Lecture: Tilting at Windmills: A Sceptic’s Look at Some Entrenched Myths of Australia’s First World War History

[ Monday, September 15, 2014; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Speaker: Graham Wilson Date: Monday, 15 September 2014 Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm Location: Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie ACT 2602 Free Admission Bully Beef and Balderdash: Some Myths of the AIF Examined and Debunked, published in 2012, casts a sceptical eye over a number of supposedly “historical facts” connected with the story of the First World War Australian Imperial Force … Read on »

Canberra Skeptics Lecture: Stop blaming open access: what’s wrong with scholarly communication and why it’s not the fault of open access

[ Thursday, June 12, 2014; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] and why it’s not the fault of open access Speaker: Dr Danny Kingsley Date: Thursday, 12 June 2014 Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm Location: Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie ACT 2602 Free Admission Scholarly communication is changing rapidly. New methods of communication, new types of journals, changing funding rules and widespread use of social media are just some of the changes. Researchers … Read on »

Canberra Skeptics Lecture: Why Aren’t Girls Doing Science?

[ Tuesday, May 20, 2014; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. ] Canberra Skeptics and Inspiring Australia Proudly Present: Speaker: Professor Sue Stocklmayer AM Date: Tuesday, 20 May 2014 Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm Location: Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Discovery Centre, North-Science Road, Acton, ACT 2601 Free Admission Are girls voting with their feet, or is it that they really can’t do science? The problem of attracting and keeping girls in science has been widely discussed over … Read on »

2014 Convention – tickets on sale now

Tickets for the 2014 Australian Skeptics National Convention are now on sale via the Skeptics shop. The Convention will be held from November 28  –  30 in the Concert Hall of The Concourse, Chatswood in Sydney’s northern suburbs. There are three different ticketed events  –  the Convention itself, running over two full days from November 29  –  30; the Convention dinner featuring a special SGU … Read on »

Canberra Skeptics event: Public Screening of ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’

[ Sunday, March 16, 2014; 7:30 pm; ] Date: Sunday, 16 March 2014 Time: 7:30pm Location: King O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 131 City Walk, Civic Free Admission Join Canberra Skeptics as we take a voyage on the Spaceship of the Imagination with a public screening of the first episode of ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.’ This 13-part re-boot of Carl Sagan’s pivotal epic ‘Cosmos: A Personal Voyage’ is hosted by … Read on »

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Skeptics Convention 2014

Skeptics Convention 2014 Our 30th annual convention will be held on 28 – 30 November in Chatswood, NSW. It will feature fantastic speakers, and is guaranteed to be lots of fun. Go to our shop to book your place.
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