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July 2020

Epistemology: how we know what we know

July 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Skeptics member Chris will take us on a tour of how we know what we know... The talk will look at perspectives on ontology (i.e. what is truth, what is reality) and how these views inform research in the sciences and social sciences. Chris will map out common research methods and different types of evidence that can be collated. In the context of these, he will give some examples of how methods and types of evidence can be misused. This…

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August 2020

Book discussion: ‘Why people believe weird things’ Michael Shermer

August 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
43 Below Bar & Restaurant, 43 Barrack Street
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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We'll discuss Michael Shermer's book and at last we'll be face to face again! Get reading if you haven't already... In this age of supposed scientific enlightenment, many people still believe in mind reading, past-life regression theory, New Age hokum, and alien abduction. A no-holds-barred assault on popular superstitions and prejudices, with more than 80,000 copies in print, "Why People Believe Weird Things" debunks these nonsensical claims and explores the very human reasons people find otherworldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and…

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September 2020

A skeptics’ guide to spotting logical fallacies

September 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
43 Below Bar & Restaurant, 43 Barrack Street
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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Skeptics member David J will run us through how to spot some of the more common logical fallacies. We might also talk about cognitive biases - those nasty things we're all still prone to, even as skeptics. Drinks and meals available at the venue.

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October 2020

Wisdom of the ancients and bogus science sign #5

October 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
43 Below Bar & Restaurant, 43 Barrack Street
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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Skeptics member Neil R will give us a rundown of ancient wisdom of the medical kind, pointing out the Seven Signs of bogus science and in particular, Sign #5 Drinks and meals available at the venue. The bar is downstairs, entry off either Barrack St or the Hay St mall. The conference room is on the right as you enter off Hay St - ask at the bar if in doubt.

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December 2020

End of year comedy fun

December 16, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
43 Below Bar & Restaurant, 43 Barrack Street
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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We'll have a bit of end of year fun with various video clips, e.g. Monty Python's Holy Grail witch scene, Bill Maher ‘unbaptising’ a Mormon, etc. Bring your favourite (video or sound file) on a thumb drive. Drinks and food available at the venue, which you enter off either Barrack St or the Hay St mall. We'll be in the conference room.

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January 2021

Hello 2021!

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
43 Below Bar & Restaurant, 43 Barrack Street
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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We'll welcome the new year with a bit of planning for the program of meetings as well as some general chat. Bring your ideas and your enthusiasm!  This is your chance to see the kinds of topics and events that YOU want in the coming year... Drinks and food available at the venue. By Yeshi Kangrang (via Unsplash)

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March 2021

QAnon: what is it and why?

March 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
43 Below Bar & Restaurant, 43 Barrack Street
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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We will look into how the QAnon phenomenon began, what it's all about and why it might have become such a rallying point. And no, believe it or not, it's not just in the USA. We will examine what is happening in 'Q-world' in Australia too. If you have any material to contribute, contact us at [email protected] Drinks and food available at the venue. Donation of $2 requested for group hosting costs.

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April 2021

Responding to misinformation: how to ‘do it right’

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
43 Below Bar & Restaurant, 43 Barrack Street
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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At this meeting we'll look into how we as skeptics respond to misinformation. Misinformation (and its deliberate associate disinformation) is everywhere. Dealing with it can be frustrating and tricky - because people are complex creatures! For one thing, misinformation can be 'sticky'. Fact-checking can reduce people’s beliefs in false information. However, misinformation often continues to influence people’s thinking even after they receive and accept a correction. It's therefore important to use the most effective debunking approaches to achieve maximum impact.…

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May 2021

Check that source!

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
43 Below Bar & Restaurant, 43 Barrack Street
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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As humans we love stories or anecdotes: it's how we've passed on knowledge for much of our history. But in modern times there are many untrustworthy sources of information and we need to be sure we're using the best sources to make our decisions and advise others. At this meeting we'll look at the criteria that make something a 'good source'. Neil will be presenting this one. Drinks and food available at the venue.

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June 2021

Principles of curiosity: a film about being skeptical

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
43 Below Bar & Restaurant, 43 Barrack Street
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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As most of us know, pop culture is chock-full of pseudoscience. The short film "Principles of Curiosity" from Skeptoid Media presents an easy process that anyone can follow to learn to tell what's real from what's not and to also help others do the same. (Skeptoid Media was started by US science podcaster Brian Dunning.) The film runs about 40 minutes, then we can talk about the points it makes and how best to apply them to current issues. Drinks…

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