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The Origins of Human Language

How, when and why did humans first develop language? Answers to these questions are highly speculative and give rise to a range of unusual ideas. We will look at the ‘Bow Wow’, ‘Hey Ho’ and other oddly named theories. We will examine some recent ideas about language and gossip and grooming (nit-picking?) in some detail and provide some further clues as to how we have developed from grunting chimps to chatting chumps. We will look at what we can safely say we know about the origins... [More]
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The Origins of Human Language

<p>How, when and why did humans first develop language? Answers to these questions are highly speculative and give rise to a range of unusual ideas. We will look at the ‘Bow Wow’, ‘Hey Ho’ and other

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Past Climate Changes and the Lessons They Teach

Our climate is changing, with human influences the main, but not the only driver. We also know that climate has changed in the past, before any significant human involvement. The best example is the Ice Age cycle, which has dominated our planet for the past 2 million years. Can we explain this phenomenon, including the important fact that changes in carbon dioxide lagged the changes in temperature; the opposite of today’s changes. How well do we understand the processes involved,... [More]
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Past Climate Changes and the Lessons They Teach

Our climate is changing, with human influences the main, but not the only driver. We also know that climate has changed in the past, before any significant human involvement. The best example is the

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The Skeptics: Pseudoscience and the Paranormal

Australian Skeptics believe that human progress grows from support for real science. Thus we are dedicated to investigating claims of pseudoscience and the paranormal since 1980. We offer a large prize for real evidence. This talk will examine some entertaining claims with a scientific slant. Some claims violate the laws of science, and some violate the laws of the land. Many articles have been published, and business plans have been ruined. Encounters include: Power Balance,... [More]
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The Skeptics: Pseudoscience and the Paranormal

<p>Australian Skeptics believe that human progress grows from support for real science. Thus we are dedicated to investigating claims of pseudoscience and the paranormal since 1980. We offer a large

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Ancient Mathematics from Egypt to Babylon

By studying ancient mathematical artefacts, such as Rhind papyrus, we will see the ancient system of counting, arithmetic operations and geometry. Egyptians started with measuring parts of land flooded by river Nile. Babylonians, writing with wooden sticks on clay tablets, developed a complicated hexadecimal numeral system which allowed them to perform addition, multiplication and division. They solved systems of algebraic equations, knew what later was named the Pythagoras... [More]
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Ancient Mathematics from Egypt to Babylon

<p>By studying ancient mathematical artefacts, such as Rhind papyrus, we will see the ancient system of counting, arithmetic operations and geometry. Egyptians started with measuring parts of land

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Enrol into Ancient Egypt and Babylonian mathematics; Ancient Greek mathematics; and Geometry Along the Way and only pay $150!

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Ancient Mathematics from Babylon to Greece

Greeks inherited mathematical knowledge from ancient Egyptian and Babylonians, but they asked questions and searched for proof. From 6th century BCE to 4 century CE, starting from Thales of Miletus and Pythagoras of Samos, to Aristotle and Euclid, and finishing with Diophantus and the only known female ancient Greek mathematician Hypatia, Greeks developed mathematics into deductive systematic science, with definitions, postulates, theorems, and proofs. They developed the theory of... [More]
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Ancient Mathematics from Babylon to Greece

<p>Greeks inherited mathematical knowledge from ancient Egyptian and Babylonians, but they asked questions and searched for proof. From 6th century BCE to 4 century CE, starting from Thales of Miletus

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Enrol into Ancient Egypt and Babylonian mathematics; Ancient Greek mathematics; and Geometry Along the Way and only pay $150!

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Joseph Banks in Australia

It is almost 250 years since Captain Cook and HMB Endeavour arrived in Botany Bay where Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander were the first trained naturalists to observe, collect and describe the unique flora of Continent Australia that had evolved during its thirty million years of isolation. SUGGESTED READING Where Australia Collides with Asia- The Epic voyages of Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace and the Origin of The Origin of Species [More]
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Joseph Banks in Australia

<p>It is almost 250 years since Captain Cook and HMB Endeavour arrived in Botany Bay where Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander were the first trained naturalists to observe, collect and describe the

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Geometry Along the Way

Imagine yourself a traveller in a distant land. How would you find the height of a tall tree or the width of a river or the distance to a person? We will learn a dozen of methods for doing these estimations, with the help of simple tools made of ordinary things: a measuring tape, a string, a piece of paper, a cap, a small ruler, a hand mirror or just your own palm. Other geometric practices performed barehanded include measuring angular diameter of the Moon and angular distance... [More]
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Geometry Along the Way

<p>Imagine yourself a traveller in a distant land. How would you find the height of a tall tree or the width of a river or the distance to a person? We will learn a dozen of methods for doing these

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Enrol into Ancient Egypt and Babylonian mathematics; Ancient Greek mathematics; and Geometry Along the Way and only pay $150!

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Alfred Russell Wallace and the 'Wallace Line'

It was Alfred Russel Wallace who realized the Lombok Strait in Indonesia represents the biogeographical boundary between the fauna of Asia and Australasia, a boundary subsequently named the ‘Wallace Line’. It was tectonic plate movement that brought these disparate worlds together to create the biogeographic region known as ‘Wallacea’. On the Asian side are elephants, tigers, primates and birds specific to Asia while on Australasian side are marsupials and birds specific to... [More]
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Alfred Russell Wallace and the 'Wallace Line'

<p>It was Alfred Russel Wallace who realized the Lombok Strait in Indonesia represents the biogeographical boundary between the fauna of Asia and Australasia, a boundary subsequently named the ‘

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