A Pint of Science in May

Fellow skeptics,

As previously mentioned, Canberra Skeptics will not be running a talk in May. Instead, we would be delighted if you attended one of the Pint of Science talk that will be held from 9-10 May.  The details can be found on their website – https://pintofscience.com.au/events/canberra. I am volunteering at King O’Malley’s so I hope as many of you can come to learn more about some exciting science!

The next Skeptics in the Pub will be held at King O’Malley’s Irish Pub on Sunday, 29 May from 1pm onwards. Details can be found here – https://www.meetup.com/SocialSkepticsCanberra/events/285514113/.

Stay skeptical,

Kevin Davies

President – Canberra Skeptics

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April Event: “It’s written all over your face” with Ben Steward

Canberra Skeptics proudly presents:

“It’s written all over your face”: Is it time we updated our understanding of emotion perception?

Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Speaker: Ben Steward
Please register via Demio

(https://my.demio.com/ref/dKqzynPO5R0q6X5M)

Western philosophy and science have long tried to unpick and understand emotion perception, with the human face often taking centre stage. This continues into current psychological research with isolated images of faces being used frequently to explore how we perceive emotion both behaviourally and neurologically. More recent evidence has shown how this narrow lens, although valuable, loses a large and important portion of the rich visual scene from which we begin to understand the emotional states of other. To understand the current conversations surrounding emotion perception, we’ll explore both the behavioural and neurological evidence and discuss how the more common view of emotion may be a little off the mark.

Ben Steward is a current first-year Ph.D. candidate at the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University. His research is focused on how we perceive emotion and integrate information from different sources of the visual scene. Ben graduated from the University of Kent in Psychology with Clinical Psychology (BSc) and then from the University of Sussex in Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc) before starting at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. He then moved to Australia and worked at the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education in Sydney before moving to the ANU.

The views expressed during this talk do not necessarily represent those of Canberra Skeptics.

Questions can be sent via Demio or emailed to canberraskeptics@gmail.com.

Canberra Skeptics Inc. is a non-profit association incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory for the
purpose of promoting critical thinking. For further information about Canberra Skeptics, please visit ouwebsite: http://www.canberraskeptics.org

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CanberraSkeptics/

Twitter: @cbrskeptics
Event announcements:

Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/SocialSkepticsCanberra/

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/canberra-skeptics-18628458762

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March Guest Speaker and Convention Update

Fellow skeptics,

Just a quick reminder that the next Canberra Skeptics webinar will be held tonight. The details are as follows:

Beyond the Panopticon: Evidence-Based Approaches to Criminal Justice Reform
Date: Tuesday, 15 March 2022
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Speakers: Dr Mindy Sotiri
Please register via Demio
(https://my.demio.com/ref/CRctRfze8lLvAaiu)

Please note that preparation for the Australian Skeptics National Convention 2022 has commenced. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at canberraskeptics@gmail.com.

The next Skeptics in the Pub will be held on Sunday, 27 March, 1pm @ King O’Malley’s Irish Pub. Details can be found here – https://www.meetup.com/SocialSkepticsCanberra/events/gzbprsydcfbkc/.

As always, if you have not already done so, please consider becoming a member of Canberra Skeptics. Your membership fees help make all our events possible – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uVg-mWyXoIv_tmieSy24FMdra4JedcLTRj9UPPeeYlA/viewform?edit_requested=true.

Stay skeptical,
Kevin Davies
President – Canberra Skeptics

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February and March Events

Fellow skeptics,

Just a quick reminder that the next Canberra Skeptics’ webinar is coming up this Tuesday. The details are as follows:

Psychedelic-assisted therapies for mental illness: why innovation in treatment is needed now more than ever

Date: Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Speakers: Tania de Jong AM

Dr Jennifer Loughnan

Please register via Demio

(https://my.demio.com/ref/JNkiRnu0JqnO8GuS)

The details for the March talk are as follows:

Beyond the Panopticon: Evidence-Based Approaches to Criminal Justice Reform

Date: Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Speakers: Dr Mindy Sotiri

Please register via Demio

(https://my.demio.com/ref/CRctRfze8lLvAaiu)

Stay skeptical,

Kevin Davies

President – Canberra Skeptics

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February Event: Psychedelic-assisted therapies for mental illness

Canberra Skeptics proudly presents:


Psychedelic-assisted therapies for mental illness: why innovation in treatment is needed now more than ever

Date: Tuesday, 15 February 2022Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Speakers: Tania de Jong AM, Dr Jennifer Loughnan

Please register via Demio
(https://my.demio.com/ref/JNkiRnu0JqnO8GuS)


Pre-Covid 1 in 5 people in Australia were suffering from a mental illness. At least 1 in 8 adults, 1 in 4 older adults in 1 in 30 children are on anti-depressant medications currently, and often without disclosure of potential side effects. There has been no innovation in existing treatments for 5 decades. The lack of effective treatments has most certainly contributed to Australia’s devastating mental health statistics, which position Australia as second worst amongst all OECD nations, only ahead of Iceland. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic many, more Australians are experiencing anxiety, trauma, addiction, depression, loneliness, and social isolation, and suicide rates could significantly increase in the absence of innovation in treatments.


In the quest for new treatment options for mental illness, attention is being paid to the potential role of psychedelic medicines as adjuncts to psychotherapy for a wide array of conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and some addictions. Trials are also underway for dementia, Parkinson’s, strokes, cluster headaches, OCD, and eating disorders. A proactive approach to broadening the treatment options available for people who have a mental illness is desperately needed. This keynote and Q & A are presented by Mind Medicine Australia. The session will provide an engaging and educational update incorporating new learnings, science, and data about innovative, safe, and effective treatments being used in a practical clinical setting. It will also provide information on how to access the TGA’s SAS-B pathway for psilocybin and MDMA-assisted therapies for treatment-resistant patients on a case-by-case basis.


Tania de Jong AM is the Co-Founder and Executive Director Mind Medicine Australia, Creativity Australia, Creative Universe, and The Song Room.

Dr Jennifer Loughman is a local GP, who has worked in multiple GP clinics in Canberra plus Indigenous communities around the country, as well as less common gigs such as prisons and quarantine facilities, and her own occupational health clinic.


This event was made possible by a generous grant from Australian Skeptics Inc.
Questions can be sent via Demio or emailed to canberraskeptics@gmail.com.

Canberra Skeptics Inc. is a non-profit association incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory for the purpose of promoting critical thinking.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CanberraSkeptics/
Twitter: @cbrskepticsEvent announcements:
Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/SocialSkepticsCanberra/Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/canberra-skeptics-1862845876

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November Update + December Guest Speaker: Jay Novella of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe

Fellow Skeptics,

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the November talk has been moved to Monday, 22 November. The details are as follows:
Resourcing Resilience: A Proposed Australian Universal Scheme for National and Community Service (AUSNACS)
Date: Monday, 22 November 2021
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Speaker: Prof.  John Blaxland
Please register via Zoom.
(https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yWgYEtoYSGeCfNWzaDzUEg)


I am delighted to say that we have something extra special for the December talk. Jay Novella, co-host of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast will be joining us for ‘A Conversation with Jay Novella’ to talk about his life as a skeptic (and many other topics). The details are as follows:

A Conversation with Jay Novella
Date: Sunday, 12 December 2021 (AEDT)
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
(Saturday, 11 December 2021, 8:00pm to 09:00pm EST)
Speaker: Jay Novella
Please register via Zoom.
(https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_esPR0dR3TVC9SOqIZoofFw)

The next Skeptics in the Pub will be help at 1:00pm on 28 November at King O’Malley’s Irish Pub. Full details can be found on the Meetup page –
https://www.meetup.com/SocialSkepticsCanberra/events/gzcppsyccpblc/

Prior to the SiTP, there will be a committee meeting. One of the main topics for the meeting will be organising the Australian Skeptics National Convention 2022. If you are interested in assisting us with the Convention, please let us know on canberraskeptics@gmail.com so you can attend the Committee meeting. Organising a Convention is a lot of work, but very worth it. The 2022 Convention needs to be something special as it will be the first in-person Convention since 2019.

As always, if you have not done so, please renew your membership fees. It is your membership fees is what helps make Canberra Skeptics’ events possible – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uVg-mWyXoIv_tmieSy24FMdra4JedcLTRj9UPPeeYlA/viewform?edit_requested=true.

Stay skeptical,
Kevin Davies
President – Canberra Skeptics’

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November Event: Resourcing Resilience with Prof. John Blaxland

Fellow skeptics,

It is so delightful to see that the restrictions that we have endured for so long have eased to a great deal and I hope you have all had a chance to enjoy these restored liberties!

The details of the November talk are as follows. Due to the venue limitations, we will be conducting this event via Zoom

Resourcing Resilience: A Proposed Australian Universal Scheme for National and Community Service (AUSNACS)
Date: Thursday, 18 November 2021
Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Speaker: Prof.  John Blaxland
Please register via Zoom.
(https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yWgYEtoYSGeCfNWzaDzUEg)



The next Skeptics in the Pub will be help at 1:00pm on 28 November at King O’Malley’s Irish Pub. Full details can be found on the Meetup page –
https://www.meetup.com/SocialSkepticsCanberra/events/gzcppsyccpblc/



Prior to the SiTP, there will be a committee meeting. One of the main topics for the meeting will be organising the Australian Skeptics National Convention 2022. If you are interested in assisting us with the Convention, please let us know on canberraskeptics@gmail.com so you can attend the Committee meeting. Organising a Convention is a lot of work, but very worth it. The 2022 Convention needs to be something special as it will be the first in-person Convention since 2019.



As always, if you have not done so, please renew your membership fees. It is your membership fees is what helps make Canberra Skeptics’ events possible – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uVg-mWyXoIv_tmieSy24FMdra4JedcLTRj9UPPeeYlA/viewform?edit_requested=true.


Stay skeptical,


Kevin Davies
President – Canberra Skeptics’

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Canberra Skeptics AGM 2021

Fellow skeptics,
 
It is time for Canberra Skeptics Inc to hold its Annual General Meeting. The details of which are presented below:
 
Canberra Skeptics Annual General Meeting
Date – 19 October 2021
Time: 7:00pm – 7:40pm
 
Canberra Skeptics Inc. will hold its 2021 AGM on 19 October 2021 from 7:00pm – 7:40pm. Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 restrictions, this will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate, please use the following link – (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82664827342?pwd=aTlCdytXUFZPSnZrNDRXZmpzU1JqZz09).

Only paid members of Canberra Skeptics can vote or nominate for a role. If you have not already done so, please register you details via the google forms – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uVg-mWyXoIv_tmieSy24FMdra4JedcLTRj9UPPeeYlA/viewform?edit_requested=true.

Draft Agenda for the AGM
Apologies
Confirmation that quorum present
Minutes of previous AGM and EGMs– acceptance
Business arising from previous AGM and EGMs
Report of the President
Report of the Treasurer, including receipt of Auditor’s report
Consideration of annual subscription fees (no proposal to change)
Election of Committee and office bearers for 2021/22
Other business
The relevant reports and other information will be emailed out prior to the meeting
Nominations for committee 2021/22

We have up to 9 positions to fill on the committee. We traditionally fill all positions by consensus, but we will be prepared to go through a voting procedure if this is necessary.
The committee is desperately seeking new members, especially to assist with the Australian Skeptics National Convention 2022,  so if you are interested, could you please contact us as soon as possible.

Details for the November and December public talks will be coming soon. We are just awaiting news as to whether we will need to continue with the online talks or, preferably, resume in-person events.

Stay skeptical,
Kevin Davies
President – Canberra Skeptics

Our mailing address is:
Canberra Skeptics Inc PO Box 555 Civic Square, ACT 2608 Australia


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Fake Medicine with Dr Brad McKay/Lockdown in Canberra/Convention 2022

Fellow skeptics,

As we continue in this period of lockdown, I, on behalf of the Canberra Skeptics Committee, hope that you and all those you care about are safe and well during this difficult time.  Please do all that you can to get through this period as best you can and please refer to https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/home for updates and advice. If ever there has been a time when the need for quality science-based decisions has been self-evident, it is now. To that end, it goes without saying that getting a vaccination is the single best thing all of us can do to overcome the current malaise.

On a more positive note, Canberra Skeptics National Science Week event is tomorrow evening, and it would be wonderful to see as many of you there as possible. The details are as follows:

Fake Medicine: Exposing the wellness crazes, cons and quacks costing us our health

Date: Monday, 16 August 2021

Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm (AEST)

Speaker: Dr Brad McKay

Please register via Zoom.

(https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7jpKqQ1QRKOrTflGWF5icg)

The September talking is still be organised so details will be provided when it is organised.

Regarding the upcoming Skeptics in the Pub event to be held on 22 August, as it is outside the current lockdown period, it is still proceeding. Having said this, it will be cancelled if the lockdown is extended. Please check the Canberra Skeptics meetup page for any updates –https://www.meetup.com/SocialSkepticsCanberra/

The Canberra Skeptics AGM is intended to be run on 13 October, venue TBC. If you are interested in joining the committee then please let me know via email: canberraskeptics@gmail.com. Next year is going to be a big one as we are running the Australian Skeptics National Convention 2022, so if there anything you can do to help us, please get in contact.

Concluding, please stay safe and well during the lockdown. Remember that there are many fantastic scientific and skeptical podcasts, lecture series, books, and other materials that you can use to enhance your knowledge during this time.

Stay skeptical,

Kevin Davies

President – Canberra Skeptics

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August Event: Fake Medicine: Exposing the wellness crazes, cons and quacks costing us our health

Canberra Skeptics proudly presents:

Fake Medicine: Exposing the wellness crazes, cons and quacks costing us our health

Date: Monday, 16 August 2021

Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pm (AEST)

Speaker: Dr Brad McKay

Please register via Zoom.

(https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7jpKqQ1QRKOrTflGWF5icg)

 

Dr Brad McKay, GP and experienced science communicator, investigates the myths, scams and fads of modern health and wellbeing.

 

We all want to live healthier, happier, and longer lives, but too many of us are charmed by charlatans, misled by marketing, or scammed by sciencey-sounding salespeople.

Dr Brad McKay, Australian GP, and science communicator has seen the rise of misinformation permeate our lives and watched as many of us have turned away from health experts. Too often, we place our trust in online influencers, celebrities, and Dr Google when it comes to making important health decisions.

 

Fake Medicine explores the potential dangers of wellness warriors, anti-vaxxers, fad diets, dodgy supplements, alternative practitioners and conspiracy theories.(https://www.hachette.com.au/bradley-mckay/fake-medicine-exposing-the-wellness-crazes-cons-and-quacks-costing-us-our-health)

 

 

Questions can be sent via Zoom or emailed to canberraskeptics@gmail.com.

Canberra Skeptics is a non-profit association incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory for the purpose of promoting critical thinking. For further information about Canberra Skeptics, please visit our website: http://www.canberraskeptics.org

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CanberraSkeptics/
Twitter: @cbrskeptics
Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/SocialSkepticsCanberra/
Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/canberra-skeptics-18628458762

Canberra Skeptics is gratefully supported by a more than generous grant from Australian Skeptics Inc.

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