What we're about
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
At 7.30pm on Tuesday 6 December Greg Keogh will provide us with a short update on the images and information gained from last year's New Horizons flyby of Pluto. Greg's talk will be followed by a longer presentation from Professor Michael Murphy of Swinburne University Astrophysics department. His talk will be on 'Are the laws of nature universal?'.
P A S T T A L K S :
On Thursday 24 November, Dr. Angela Feazel Mattke MD from Atlanta, Georgia spoke about 'Medical Nonsense' including various forms of quackery such as acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, cupping, kinesiotape, ayervedic, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
On Tuesday 4 October, Dr. George Rivers spoke about the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The relevance to skepticism is the denial of historical facts.
On Tuesday 6 September, Dr. Lynne Kelly spoke about her new book "The Memory Code (http://www.meetup.com/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub/events/230414639/)", which is about how non-literate cultures memorise so much about their environment when they don’t write it down.
On Tuesday 2 August , Michelle Bijkersma spoke on "Thinking Curricula in Australian Schools".
On Tuesday 7 June, Professor David Vaux, Deputy Director, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute spoke about "Researchers behaving badly".
On Tuesday 7 June, organiser Linda Baynham talked about the history of our western calendar.
Mordi Skeptics Annual Soapbox was on Tuesday 3 May at 7.30pm. The Soapbox provides an open opportunity for four members to speak on their chosen skeptical topic for 15 minutes each plus 5 minutes of questions. Topics can be about any aspect of skepticism or science.
On Tuesday 5 April, Ross Finlay who is an Electronics Engineer spoke on 'Science doesn’t know everything ..., (but this talk may save your life)'.
On Tuesday 1 March we featured Dr Ken Harvey. His topic was 'Reforming the Therapeutic Goods Administration'.
On Tuesday 2 February we featured co-organiser Tim Harding. His topic was 'Traditional Chinese Medicine versus Endangered Species'.
On Tuesday 15 December we featured Ross Balch, who is a young medical scientist and President of the Brisbane Skeptics. His topic was Pseudoscience vs Science.
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.