Sunday December 13, 2015
Fitzroy Town Hall
201 Napier Street
Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Michelle Ashley and Sarah Howell
Language/ Cultural Consultant
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki has spent all of his life on a quest for knowledge. By focusing on the facts, and ignoring opinion, he is engaged in a daily battle with the misinformation that swirls all around us. With the explosion of digital media, and the rise of celebrity endorsements, false ideas that were once fringe and irrelevant can now become mainstream in the blink of an eye. So how damaging are lies and misinformation in our everyday lives? Is misinformation an inherent ingredient in marketing and advertising? Is misinformation an inevitable outcome in our capitalist and consumerist society?
In this Secular Sermon, Dr Karl shares the personal realisations that led to his lifelong fight against misinformation. He argues the need for scientific rigor and discipline in our public discourse, and shows us practical ways that we can spot and counter the misinformation in our everyday lives.
Are anti-oxidant supplements really good for you? How did coconut water become such an essential component in a “healthy” diet? Do we really only use 10% of our brains? Do mobile phones cause cancer?
Misinformation is out there and Dr Karl will spend Sunday morning tackling it head-on, exploring the willingness of people to change their minds and shift their perspective, while sharing his own experiences of how to live with it, or more precisely, how to live without it.