July Event: What can cognitive psychology tell us about why we lay awake worrying at night instead of sleeping?

Canberra Skeptics proudly presents:

What can cognitive psychology tell us about why we lay awake worrying at night instead of sleeping?

Date: Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Time: 6:00 to 7:30pm

Speaker: Bronwyn Milkins

Venue: Room 2, Belconnen Community Service, 26 Chandler Street, Belconnen ACT 2615

Cost: Free

Bronwyn Milkins is a PhD candidate in cognitive psychology at the University of Western Australia. Bronwyn’s PhD research begins with a situation that many people are familiar with – worrying in bed at night instead of sleeping. The studies she has conducted throughout her PhD have tried to work out whether anomalies in the way our brain processes information drives the worry keeping us up at night. In her talk, Bronwyn will take you through the findings of her research and bust some myths and misunderstandings about insomnia while she’s at it.

Bronwyn enjoys communicating psychological science and has won several science communication awards in recognition of her skills, including the UWA ‘3 Minute Thesis’ competition, so please feel welcome to bring your questions and skepticisms of psychology and Bronwyn will try her best to address them.

Dinner will follow the lecture (venue TBC). To RSVP for the dinner, please email 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 our website: 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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June Event: Skeppist Fallacies: Myths and Misconceptions about Beekeeping

Canberra Skeptics proudly presents:

Skeppist Fallacies: Myths and Misconceptions about Beekeeping

Date: Thursday, 13 June 2019

Time: 6:00 to 7:30pm

Speaker: Frank Derwent

Venue: Room 2, Belconnen Community Service, 26 Chandler Street, Belconnen ACT 2615

Cost: Free

Successful bee management requires the skilful application of knowledge and practices that will fully utilise the productive capacity of the honey-bee colony. The basic requirement for productive bee colony management are always large reserves of pollen and honey, and the space for those reserves, brood rearing and the storage of surplus honey. Young productive queens from good stock are essential. This queen should be supported by a large population dependent on the time of the year.

All commercial beekeepers utilise this. A commercial beekeeper employing migratory beekeeping practices will nearly always have a significantly greater yield per hive. However, by utilising good beekeeping practice, the average amateur beekeeper will produce a respectable amount of honey from healthy bees, which do not upset your neighbours.

What Frank Derwent found in the amateur bee club was that for various explanations, this practice was not followed by a significant number of members. These beekeepers or bee owners follow practices that are based on a belief system of hearsay and poor beekeeping practice. Frank Derwent intend to go through the most common of these beliefs with an explanation of how it came about and an explanation of how it is wrong.

Frank Derwent started beekeeping 4 ½ years ago (October 2014). He joined the local club (Beekeepers Association of ACT) and have been lucky enough to be involved with knowledgeable beekeepers and club activities that has allowed him to become a competent beekeeper. When Frank is not playing with his bees, he is a mechanical engineer working for the Department of Defence.

Dinner will follow the lecture (venue TBC). To RSVP for the dinner please email 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 our website: 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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May Event: Secret Scientists: Australian code-breakers in the Second World War

Canberra Skeptics proudly presents: Secret Scientists: Australian code-breakers in the Second World War

Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Time: 6:00 to 7:30pm

Speaker: David Dufty

Venue: Belconnen Community Service, 26 Chandler Street, Belconnen ACT 2616

Cost: Free

During the second world war, a motley collection of mathematicians, classicists, linguists, and radio experts came together in a secret organisation in Brisbane to crack the Japanese military codes. Drawing from his book The Secret Code Breakers of Central Bureau, David Dufty will take us into the hidden lives of these unsung Australian heroes and their world of deadly puzzles.

David Dufty is a Canberra-based writer and researcher. He completed a psychology degree with honours at the University of Newcastle, has a PhD in psychology from Macquarie University, and has worked as a statistician and social researcher at the University of Memphis, Newspoll, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. His previous book, How to Build an Android, described modern developments in robotics and artificial intelligence.

Dinner will follow the lecture (venue TBC). To RSVP for the dinner please email 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 our website: http://www.canberraskeptics.org

Social Media:

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

Twitter: @cbrskeptics

Event announcements:

Meetup: http://meetu.ps/c/clpg/mmVvH/a

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

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April event: May the odds be ever in your favour: Supersitions and Elite Athletes

Canberra Skeptics proudly presents:

May the odds be ever in your favour: Supersitions and Elite Athletes

Date: Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Time: 6:00 to 7:30pm

Speaker: Kristine Dun

Venue: Belconnen Community Service, 26 Chandler Street, Belconnen ACT 2616 (Entry on Swanson Court)

Cost: Free

Elite sport has a healthy dose of uncertainty, and the stakes are high. Athletes train hard to prepare mentally and physically to perform on the world stage. Learning to manage anxiety and get ‘in the zone’ is one way that sport psychologists help athletes. Athletes commonly have routines or rituals that they practice and use to help them perform. Imagine a basketballer before a free throw or a 100m runner before the race. Athletes can also have superstitions, Steve Waugh’s red hanky for example. If you watch sport, you have probably seen athletes do some unusual things and wondered why. Kristine Dun will explore the world of routines and superstitions in elite sport. Why athletes use routines and hold superstitions; whether or not they help; and how sport psychologists work in this space.

Kristine Dun is a sport psychologist working at the ACT Academy of Sport. She has worked in the Australian and British elite sport systems with previous roles at the Scottish Institute of Sport and Australian Institute of Sport.

Kristine has worked with athletes, coaches, and staff across more than 15 sports to prepare them compete on the world stage. This includes delivering psychological services at major events such as the Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, and European Championships.

While Kristine is not, and has never been, an elite athlete herself she loves sport. She grew up playing netball and cricket mostly, and enjoys watching sport. Kristine is currently learning tap dancing, is about to return to cycling, and is considering taking up circus arts.

Dinner will follow the lecture (venue TBC). To RSVP for the dinner please email 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 our website: http://www.canberraskeptics.org

Social Media:

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

Twitter: @cbrskeptics

Event announcements:

Meetup: http://meetu.ps/c/clpg/mmVvH/a

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

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February 12: Talking Plain about GMOs

Canberra Skeptics proudly presents:

Talking plain about GMOs

 

Date: Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Time: 6:00 to 7:30pm

Speakers: Jose Barrero and Marina Trigueros

Venue: Belconnen Community Service, 26 Chandler Street, Belconnen ACT 2616 (Entry on Swanson Court)

Cost: Free

 

Humans have been using breeding for thousands of years to genetically modify plants and animals since domestication started, but as human population rapidly heads towards 8 billion people, the challenge of feeding ourselves is becoming greater. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is an essential technology to safely increase yields while minimising the use of resources such as land or water, and reducing the need for fertilisers and pesticides. However only a handful of GMOs are currently approved and used in agriculture. General public opposition to GMOs is delaying the development and legalisation of multitude of beneficial GMOs and Biotechnological applications. This opposition is partly due to powerful misinformation campaigns performed over the years by some groups and the existing general lack of knowledge of the outstanding benefits of GM products to the people and the environment. In this seminar we will explain the GMOonly approach to normalize GMOs and we will go over several of the common anti-GMOs myths. It has been proven extremely difficult to change someone’s opinion on hot topics like this, so we will try to provide to the favourable audience with arguments to use in discussions regarding the use of GMOs.

About GMOonly: GMOonly (www.gmoonly.com) is an initiative of a small team of experienced Plant Scientists and Science Communicators to promote GM products. We are concerned about the public’s opposition to GMOs that is delaying the development and legalisation of beneficial GM plants. In this frame, we came with the idea of creating an independent brand to promote GM products that could reach to the general public. From T-shirts with punchy messages to cultural events, our vision is to promote the image that GMOs are high-tech products good for the people and the environment. We are the first brand proud to show upfront the benefits of using GMOs. All our messages are based in scientific publications proving that GMOs are high-tech instruments that are good for you and for the environment. GMOs are the key for the next Green Revolution.

About the speakers: Jose Barrero is a professional scientist and one of the GMOonly founders. He has a PhD in Plant Genetics and has worked in several Research Organizations for the last 15 years using GM technology as a key tool of his research.

Marina Trigueros is a professional science illustrator and 3D animator at Cariboo Design and one of the GMOonly founders. She has a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology, has worked for more than 10 years in several research organisations using GM technology and has extensive experience in science communication.”

 

Dinner will follow the lecture (venue TBC). To RSVP for the dinner please email 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 our website: http://www.canberraskeptics.org

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CanberraSkeptics/
Twitter: @cbrskeptics

Event announcements: 
Meetup: http://meetu.ps/c/clpg/mmVvH/a
Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/canberra-skeptics-18628458762

 

 

 

 

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‘Fake News’: what it is; how it works; and how to counter it

Date: Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Time: 6:00 to 7:30pm

Speaker: Jeff Malone

Venue: Belconnen Community Service, 26 Chandler Street, Belconnen ACT 2616

Cost: Free

In this presentation, Jeff Malone provide a critical account of the phenomena of (sic) ‘fake news’, and how the challenges its poses might be addressed. The presentation starts with an overview of fundamental theory regarding deception, drawing primarily upon the works of Barton Whaley. Jeff will then discuss the emergence of the contemporary term ‘fake news’, and the impact of ‘fake news’ in domestic and international politics. Jeff will then focus upon how and why ‘fake news’ works, with insights drawn from a variety of scientific disciplines. The presentation concludes with a discussion of how ‘fake news’ can be identified and countered, again by drawing upon a variety of scientific disciplines.

Jeff Malone has served in the Australian Army, the private sector, the public sector and academia. During his Army service, he was intimately involved in the adoption of information operations (IO) by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This included drafting the ADF’s first joint IO doctrine, redesign of the ADF’s joint IO staff course, and designing the ADF’s architecture for the planning and conduct of strategic IO. For this work, Jeff was appointed the Chief of Defence Force Fellow in 2003. He teaches a Masters-level IO unit in the School of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of New South Wales (Canberra), and has published extensively on IO. Jeff is the Vice President of the Australian Chapter of the Association of Old Crows (the global electronic warfare, cyber operations and IO professional body), and was the Convention Director for the Australian Chapter’s 2016 and 2018 conventions.

Dinner will follow the lecture (venue TBC). To RSVP for the dinner please email 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 our website: http://www.canberraskeptics.org

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Dec 16: Principles of Curiosity

Principles of Curiosity
When: December 16, 3.00pm
Where: King O’Malleys

‘Principles of Curiosity is a free film from Skeptoid Media. It presents a general introduction to the foundations of scientific skepticism and critical thinking, focusing on a simple process we call the three Cs.’

For our December meetup we will be hosting a screening of Principles of Curiosity. We will also be grabbing a drink afterwards so feel free to stay around and chat!

We will be in the Blarney Room, to the left as you enter through the main doors

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