Through his Shots of Awe video series, Silva serves up invigorating shots of philosophical espresso.Find out more
Writer, scientist, and critic of naturopathy and alternative medicine, Britt is herself a former naturopath. She now focuses of the deceptions of those alt med practitioners who mislead patients and seek legitimacy in the public arena.Find out more
She has covered the 1999 East Timorese crisis, the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, the insurgency in Aceh, the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, and the 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake.Find out more
With over 300,000 subscribers and 20 million views, the Captain uses his talents to expose both popular and obscure online video mysteries in endlessly entertaining ways.Find out more
Tom is a father, half-hearted idealist, and sometimes poet. He has a degree in English Literature, which, along with three bucks and a kind word, might be enough for a cup of coffee. Tom earns his keep staring numbly downward while listening to people complain about real estate.Find out more
From playing phone tricks on Kelly Osbourne on “Australia’s Got Talent”, to performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Vyom juggles his magic work with his passion for evidence-based medical practice.Find out more
Lawrence is best known for his stand-up and improvised sketch comedy, as well as the ABC TV series “Lawrence Leung's Choose Your Own Adventure” and “Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable”. He has also written for The Chaser's “War on Everything”.Find out more
Alan has over 20 published articles on a range of topics within general astronomy and cosmology. He regularly appears on TV and radio to explain the wonders and mysteries of the universe.Find out more
Dr Karl is on a mission to spread the good word about science and its benefits. He is a regular on ABC radio stations and TV across Australia, as well as on the BBC in the UK.Find out more
Dr Brad Mckay is passionate about all aspects of medicine especially Sexual Health, Men’s Health, Mental Health, Paediatrics & Women’s Health.Find out more
2012 Emmy award winner, five time winner of the prestigious Eureka Award for Science Journalism, two time winner of Health Journalist of Year, and recipient of Australian Skeptics’ Thornett Award for the Promotion of Reason, Sonya is one of Australia’s leading science documentary makers.Find out more
Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster.Find out more
Firmly entrenched in our conviction that truth and rationality are virtues worth fighting for, they feel no need to apologise for their venomous characterisations of religion and its role in society.Find out more
Adam has hosted everything from Quantum to poker championships, to his Sleek Geeks Science Comedy show with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.Find out more
Seventeen years into the 21st century, and there appears to be no shortage of opportunitistic quacks seeking to peddle and profit from their pseudoscientific claims – wifi 'dangers', the resurgence of 'cupping' therapy, and Paleo diets that refuse to return to the stone age. One-by-one, they get debunked as skeptics arise to administer scientific evidence and critical thinking. Yet every now and then it dawns on us that 'one-by-one' may not be enough, and that we ought to call on many of these great skeptics to meet at one time, in one place, with one common goal. Enter Skepticon Australia, the ideas festival for anybody and everybody who refuses to be fleeced by frauds of all sorts.
Brought to you by a partnership between Australian Skeptics and Think Inc. (the team behind the Australian tours of renowned critical thinkers such as Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sam Harris, James 'the Amazing' Randi, and Dr Ben Goldacre), Skepticon Australia 2017 is a joint effort between two leading organisations seeking to imbue the public with skills in reason and rationality. With many exciting guests to be announced soon, this ideas festival in November 2017 will take aim at prevailing and emergent claims of pseudoscience, the paranormal and just plain bullsh*t in the world today.
Warning: the shows Cognitive Dissonance & Scathing Atheist contain strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humour (which may be unsuitable for adults), and intriguing concepts (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors). If some of this may offend you, please see an usher for direction to the dedicated safe space.
Do you believe in the importance of questioning unsubstantiated and untruthful claims? We do too. Join us as Australia’s most prominent speakers explore the role of scientific method and critical thinking in society, and the consequence of ignoring them.
YOU CAN PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN ENCOURAGING FELLOW AUSTRALIANS AND THE MEDIA TO ADOPT A CRITICAL ATTITUDE TOWARDS PSEUDOSCIENCE, PARANORMAL IDEAS, AND QUESTIONABLE CLAIMS.