Monday 4 August 2008

Wolf in a sheep’s labcoat: pseudoscience in the 20th century

Mike McRae
CSIRO Education – Editor of Science by Email

As far as philosophies for understanding our world go, science is relatively novel. Yet what distinguishes science from other methodologies? Is pseudoscience a convenient slur for anything which doesn’t fit the conventional paradigm, or is it a real threat science communicators need to face? How can we teach people to be critical in their evaluation of new information? And most importantly, do sheep ever wear labcoats?

  • Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm (Doors open at 6pm)
  • Venue: Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
  • Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibblies following the talk, and Mike will be available to answer any questions.
  • Questions? Contact Joel (0411 267 044 or or Nelle (

Mike McRae grew up in Brisbane’s western suburbs with an understanding that when it came to some things, you just don’t ask questions. He ignored this bit of advice and decided to become a scientist. Mike worked in pathology for several years before realising his vocation was with science education. His career has meandered through teaching science in London, traveling Australia performing in science shows, and currently writing for CSIRO’s Education department while doing freelance radio work.