Combine your hunger for the truth with a chicken parma! Combine your thirst for knowledge with a pot of beer, a glass of wine or a lovely cup of tea! The Mordi Skeptics in the Pub is for those who enjoy exploring things underpinned by science, evidence and reason in a social setting. Big ideas are presented and discussed from a rational and logical perspective. We also spend time honing our 'bulldust barometers' - detecting the fallacious and debunking the superstitious.
Sample topics include astronomy, internet censorship, euthanasia, vaccination, nuclear energy, climate change denial, religious and non-religious beliefs, 'alternative' medicine, rationality, logical fallacies, anything science-based and any aspect of society that is being undermined by nonsense but should be illuminated by evidence.
All you need to join the group is a questioning mind, good humour and a sociable disposition. And $2 per meeting. The mob is eclectic, difficult to categorise and mostly quite presentable. Come early for dinner or just come for the formal(ish) part at 7:30pm. Some evenings are discussion-based while others are presentation-based. All are stimulating to thinking types.
We currently meet on the first Tuesday night of every month at the Mordialloc Sporting Club. The best time for general discussion and meeting people is over dinner from about 6.30 to 7.30pm. You can usually find us either in the ground floor bar, or in the resta urant at the front (or both). However, if you are coming to the formal presentation or discussion at 7.30pm, you will need to join and RSVP via this web site, as the usual meeting room seats only 50 people.
F O R T H C O M I N G T A L K S :
Our next Mordi Skeptics meetup on Tuesday 14 January will once again feature Perry Vlahos, who is the astronomy writer for the The Age and past president of the Astronomical Society of Victoria.
P A S T T A L K S :
On Tuesday 3 December, we celebrated the arrival of summer with a water tasting test. We run a blind, randomised evaluation of bottled still water and tap water. Tim Harding gave a talk about Melbourne drinking water; and Scott Watson talked about bottled water.
On 19 November the Mordi Skeptics were very fortunate to obtain as a special guest speaker Professor Chris French, from the University of London, who is the keynote speaker at the Skeptics National Convention in Canberra over the weekend 22 – 24th November.
Associate Professor Dr. Louis Roller talked about vitamins and dietary supplements at our Mordi meetup on Tuesday 12 November 2013.
Ancient astronomy and astrology. Why were the Great Pyramids of Egypt aligned to the Pole Star? Why was Stonehenge constructed in that shape? These and other ancient mysteries were discussed at our Mordi meetup presented by Tim Harding at 7.30pm on Tuesday 1 October 2013.
Richard Saunders, President of the Australian Skeptics, gave examples of how magical thinking can force the people to jump through mental hoops of their own creation on Tuesday 3 September 2013.
Victorian Skeptics committee member Mal Vickers discussed his investigation of RMIT’s Chiropractic and Traditional Chinese Medicine departments on Tuesday 6 August.
Prominent skeptic Don Hyatt looked at various skeptics challenges that have taken place over the years. 7.30pm on Tuesday 2 July, 2013.
Dr. Ken Harvey presented an update on his campaign against shonky health products and therapies. 7.30pm Tuesday 4 June 2013.
Dr Steve Roberts cheerfully analysed the evolution of the UFO phenomenon since 1947, and showed that UFO belief is akin to religious belief. 7.30pm Tuesday 7 May 2013.
Origins of Western Quackery. One of our organisers, Tim Harding, has been studying ancient Greek and Roman history at Monash, with a special interest in the history of ancient 'medicine'. 7.30pm Tuesday 2 April 2013.
Please note that the opinions expressed by all of our speakers are their own and are not necessarily those of the organisers or other members of the Mordi Skeptics.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 1, 2014 10:00 AM