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 $4 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 restaurant 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 meetup on Tuesday 15 December will feature Ross Balch, who is a young medical scientist and President of the Brisbane Skeptics. His topic is Pseudoscience vs Science.
P A S T T A L K S :
“What is the connection between 3D techniques, teeth and human evolution?” Biological Anthropologist Dr. Varsha Pilbrow answered this question at our next Mordi Skeptics meetup at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 November.
On Tuesday 20 October we had Dr. Ian Storey on the dietary debate between sugar versus fat. Sugar seems to be increasingly under attack with many different views currently in vogue. Fats are widely attacked but their effects are not well understood.
On Wednesday 30 September we had Susan Gerbic, a skeptical activist from the USA who is on a national speaking tour of Australia. Susan gave tips on how to edit Wikipedia pages for skeptical purposes.
On Tuesday 1 September we had Greg Hunt of South East Councils Climate Change Alliance. Greg's topic was 'Unpicking the diabolical policy program and responding to climate change in the south east'.
On Tuesday 4 August we had our Annual Soapbox. This provided an open opportunity for 5 selected members to speak on their chosen skeptical topic for 15 minutes each plus 5 minutes of questions.
On Tuesday 7 July, rationalist Dr. Meredith Doig talked about Special Religious Instruction in Victorian schools.
On Tuesday 2 June, Joanne Benhamu discussed the history of cancer treatments, cancer quackery and where the future lies in cancer care.
On Tuesday 5 May, co-organiser Tim Harding talked about where Charles Darwin was right (the mechanisms of evolution - natural selection and sexual selection) and where he was wrong (the mechanisms of inheritance - genes).
On Tuesday 7 April our guest speaker at Mordi Skeptics was Dr. Jason Tye-din, Head of Coeliac Research at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute. Dr. Tye-din debunked the gluten free myth/debacle and provided insights from the peer-reviewed evidence.
On Tuesday 3 March, our guest speaker was Terry Kelly, who was President of the Victorian Skeptics for 7 years until 2014. His topic was Terry Kelly "How To Keep Cool: The Emotional Life of a Skeptic".
On Tuesday 3 February, the prominent Dr. Ken Harvey presented another update on the campaign against shonky health products and therapies. This time the focus was on homeopathy courses.
On Tuesday 6 January, Dr. Ian Storey talked about Science and Ethics.Can ethics be understood scientifically? Is morality subtly different from ethics?
On Tuesday 11 November, Tim Harding talked about the Astronomical Renaissance of the 16th century (Copernicus, Brahe, Galileo and Kepler). This was a sequel to his previous talk on ancient astronomy and astrology in October 2013.
Please note that the opinions expressed by all of our speakers and commenters are their own and are not necessarily those of the organisers or other members of the Mordi Skeptics.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015 7:30 PM
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 12:00 PM
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 7:30 PM
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 7:30 PM