The Celestial Teapot (Mornington Vic)

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Note: Formerly advertised, Dr Stuart Batten The Magic of Crystallography has been postponed.

New agenda for Thursday, January 20, 2011 6:30 PM:

6.30pm -7.30pm is social chat and nibbles (don’t forget to bring a plate to share) Quiz results.

7.30pm – We see how accurate Psychic John Golds predictions are. By this date he predicted that the East Coast of Australia will have been rocked by an earthquake. He completely missed the floods where as the meteorologists predicted this La Nina 7 months ago. Score – Psychic 0 / Scientists 1

7.45pm – Logical Fallacies presented by Tim, helping you hone those critical thinking skills.

8pm – Here Be Dragons – A Video by Brian Dunning.

Here Be Dragons is a 40 minute video introduction to Critical Thinking.

Most people fully accept paranormal and pseudoscientific claims without critique as they are promoted by the mass media.

Here Be Dragons offers a toolbox for recognizing and understanding the dangers of pseudo-science, and appreciation for the reality-based benefits offered by real science.

Brian also produces the popular Skeptoid, providing critical analysis of Pop Phenomena in an award-winning weekly science podcast.

‘New Age pseudo-scientific drivel is a disturbingly prominent part of the culture of our age.
There is no obvious limit to human gullibility.

We are docile credulity-cows, eager victims of quacks and charlatans who milk us and grow fat. There is a rich living to be made by anyone prepared to prostitute the language — and the wonder — of science.

The universe is mysterious enough to need no help from warlocks, shamans and ‘psychic’ tricksters. These are at best a soul-sapping distraction. At worst they are dangerous profiteers.’ Richard Dawkins

Eco Living Centre
The Briars Park 450 Nepean Highway
Mt Martha

Please RSVP to 0438 359 600