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Skepticon - Sydney

Posted Nov. 22, 2017, 8:51 a.m. by T

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Skepticon

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Sydney, Australia

November 18-19, 2017

Think Inc. is a young, Australia-based initiative dedicated to reinvigorating the excitement of rational discourse in daily conversation. Through engaging events with leading world-class intellectuals, they deliver content that is both rigorous and refreshing both for interested members of the public, and those with professional involvements in a variety of sciences and humanities.

One of their tenets is to bridge the gap and amplify the dialogue between inquisitive members of the public and those making significant strides in their academic and professional scientific fields.

They strive to bring to the Australian public members of the global intellectual community for a continuing series of lectures and Q&A sessions. 

The criteria that is applied to Think Inc.’s curation is professional and/or academic contributions to research, ambitious real-world goals, an ability to communicate complex ideas with ease of understanding, an expressed desire to make knowledge accessible to the masses, and a dedication to engaging future generations in rationality and critical thought. Think Inc. was brought to life from a desire to challenge intellectual comfort, and a thirst for democratising the dialogue between society’s innovators and the people who benefit from them.

Summa summarum, a platform to promote big ideas, stimulate and engage independent, rational thinking, and celebrate scientific discovery.

Skepticon Australia 2017 is a Think Inc.’s two-day ideas festival meant for anybody who seeks truth and is ready to question the most recent fads with a diverse range of presenters, covering the gamut of skeptical and scientific topics aiming at tackling opportunistic quacks seeking to peddle and profit from their pseudoscientific claims – WiFi 'dangers', the resurgence of ‘cupping’ therapy, and the Paleo diet that refuses to return to its beloved paleolithic era, et cetera.

This ideas festival ran over the course of 2 days, consisting of presentations, panel discussions, Q&A's and musical performances.

For the first time, astrophysicist and passionate science communicator, Professor Alan Duffy, together with LA Area Emmy Award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer and podcaster, Cara Santa Maria, joined the stage to create Beyond the Eye.

Filmmaker, futurist and ‘epiphany addict’ Jason Silva – to put it mildly – likes ideas. He likes their tenacity, their flexibility, their contagious nature, their impact and their ability to expand, procreate, and evolve into new ideas. And that is exactly what he did – he descended onto terra australis to share them.

Other speakers included:

  • Jason Silva
  • Captain Dissilution
  • Britt Herms
  • Cara Santa Maria
  • Sonya Pemberton 
  • Dr Alan Duffy
  • Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
  • Dr Brad McKay
  • Dr Vyom Sharma
  • The Scathing Atheist

Yet another greatly curated and organized Think Inc. event.

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