Past meetings and events

This is a list of our past meetings and events, at this stage incomplete. For our upcoming events, see the calendar page.

Last updated 25/7/11 by Richard

[Incomplete -Who, summary, when, where, links, media]

2011

Quiz evening

Thursday 28 July, 5-6 pm, G25, Clock Tower East Wing

Bill Cooke on rationalism

Monday 25 July, 5-6 pm, Case Room 1, Owen G. Glenn building

David on the legalization of drugs (with ACT on Campus)

Thursday 21 July, 5-6 pm, G25, Clock Tower East Wing

How is religion affecting society?

Monday 18 July, 5-6 pm, Case Room 1, Owen G. Glenn building

Debate we watched a little of

Andrew on the origins of religion

Monday 27 June, 5-6 pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

Natasha on human mating systems

Monday 20 June, 5-6 pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

Slides

Louise Nicholson on science funding

Monday 13 June, 5-6 pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

Related article

Howard Carmichael on quantum theory

Thursday 2 June, 4-5pm, OGGB5, Owen G. Glenn building

Video

Wayne Stewart on Bayesian analysis

Monday 23 May, 5-6:30 pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

RSS Quiz on science, literature etc

A quiz organized by Yvette et al on science, philosophy, arts etc. We had three teams, with “Team Hillcrest” taking out top place with their superior knowledge.

Thursday 26 May, 4-5pm, OGGB5, Owen G. Glenn building

Quiz powerpoint

RSS laser strike III

Monday 23 May, 7:30-9:30 pm, Megazone Ponsonby

Is there an afterlife?

Monday 23 May, 5-6:30 pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

Video we watched: Part of “Is there an afterlife?” debate between Hitchens, Wolpe, Harris, and Artson Shavit.        Further reading: “Afterlife” at SEP

Christina Stringer on fair trade (with Oxfam on Campus)

Thursday 19 May, 4-5pm, OGGB5, Owen G. Glenn building

Slides

Niki Harre on the psychology of climate change

Monday 16 May, 5-6:30 pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

Film night (watching Pi)

Thursday 16 May, 6:30-9 pm, Psychology staff room, HSB

John Ip on counterterrorism and the law

Thursday 12 May, 4-5pm, OGGB5, Owen G. Glenn building

Video

Roger Davies on the physics of climate change

Monday 9 May, 5-6pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

Student Forum (interclub forum with AUIS and REAL)

Thursday 5 May, 6:30-8pm, OGGB3, Owen G. Glenn building

Video (Q&A only)

Human evolution

Thursday 5 May, 4-5pm, OGGB5, Owen G. Glenn building

Tim on mass extinctions

Monday 2 May, 5-6pm, Case Room 4, Owen G. Glenn building

Video    Slides

Garry Tee on the history of mathematics

Thursday 28 April, 4-5pm, OGGB5, Owen G. Glenn building

Peter on the future of copyright

Wednesday 27 April, 6-7pm, Eng. 3401, Engineering building

Robert Nola on naturalism

Wednesday 20 April, 4-5pm, lecture room 029, Clock Tower

Malcolm Campbell on “is history a science”

Monday 18 April, 5-6pm, Owen G. Glenn building, Case Room 4

Richard on animal eyes and vision

Monday 11 April, 5-6pm, Owen G. Glenn building, Case Room 4

Blair on whether endurance running is an adaptation

Thursday 7 April, 5-6pm, Owen G. Glenn building, Case Room 1

Rochelle Constantine on cetacean societies

Monday 4 April, 5-6pm, Owen G. Glenn building, Case Room 4

Wikipedia

Tuesday 29 March, 12-1pm, Pat Hanan room, Arts 2

Chris Tucker on the epistemology of perception vs. religious experiences

Monday 28 March, 5-6pm, Owen G. Glenn building, Case Room 4

On Christopher Hitchens

Wednesday 23 March, 5-6pm, Owen G. Glenn building, Case Room 4

We discussed two videos by the journalist and author Christopher Hitchens – specifically one called “Why women still aren’t funny” and another where he debates Sean Hannity about the existence of God.

Bill Cooke on humanism

Monday 21 March, 5-6pm, Owen G. Glenn building, Case Room 4

Dr. Bill Cooke returned to RSS to talk about the topic of his forthcoming book about humanism. He discussed humanism historically and cross-culturally.

Laser tag 2

Monday 14 March, 7-8pm, Megazone Ponsonby

Two games of laser tag at Megazone – ten of us went and we played science students vs. non-science students (Team Science and Team Reason). Team Reason won game one, but Team Science came back and won game two.

An introduction to economics

Monday 14 March, 5-6pm, Owen G. Glenn building, Case Room 4

Our secretary Joshua Krissansen-Totton gave an introductory talk about economics, explaining basic concepts like markets and efficiency, and discussing whether free markets are a good idea. We had some good discussion after.

Lunch in the park

Tuesday March 8, 12-1pm, Albert Park

Lunch on the grass in Albert Park – was a good chance to meet fellow RSSers, especially new recruits, in a more informal context.

Humour: The logic of laughter

Monday March 7, 5-6pm, iSpace

A discussion about humour – what makes us laugh and why? Richard gave a quick presentation at the start.

Quiz night

Thursday 3 March, 5-8pm, Shadows Bar

The Science of Attraction

February 28, iSpace

Natasha gave a presentation on interpersonal attraction. What makes us attracted to other people? E.g. smell, voice, behaviour

RSS discusses Facebook

The future of the internet

Appeals to authority with Matthew Denith

Divine command theory with Matthew Flannagan

Placebos and the placebo effect

Going to see “The King’s Speech”

Aesthetics – the philosophy of beauty, art and taste

Mental disorders

2010

Laser tag

Lunch in the park

Conway’s Game of Life

Can science answer moral questions?

Karl Popper’s science with Robert Nola

The illusion of conscious will

Death and Burial Rites

Interclub meeting with the Islamic Society

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if you held his wife and kid hostage?

Detecting life in the universe

What is philosophy?

RSS Annual General Meeting

The historicity of Jesus with Bill Cooke

The origin of life with Peter Wills

Moral accountability of the mentally ill

How the moral argument works with Glenn Peoples

The treatment of animals

Going to see Inception

An introduction to evolution with Mat Goddard

Conspiracy theories with Matthew Dentith

Defining and evaluating atheism with Robert Nola

Slides

Flying Spaghetti Monster vs. Invisible Pink Unicorn – which is the one true God?

RSS drinks at Ben’s, or A Momentary Lapse in Reason

Science and religion with John Bishop

An hour with Brian Boyd

Sexual cannibalism with Greg Holwell

Second video night at Mount Terrace

Video night at Mount Terrace

Movie night (watching Gattaca)

The future of robotics and artificial intelligence

Video we watched: Rodney Brooks on how robots will invade our lives

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