Event: 5pm – 9pm

Talk: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

DJs: 7.30pm – 9pm

In this frank in-conversation session, best-selling author and former wellness impresario Sarah Wilson examines the latest avalanche of conspiracy theories with Australia’s foremost health science professional and broadcaster Dr Norman Swan. Together, they’ll explore trust vs mistrust, evidence vs social proof, and the rise of ‘conspiritualism’ to uncover what fuels people’s doubt...particularly in experts.

Find out why conspiracy theories take hold, how they spread and what it takes to change the narrative.

In her latest book This One Wild and Precious Life, Sarah Wilson has turned her curiosity to explore why we are all feeling disconnected, baffled and disillusioned within our socio-political constructs. She wants to comprehend how our need for truth and certainty can be so easily hijacked.

As multi-award-winning producer and presenter of the ABC’s Radio National’s Health Report and the pandemic podcast Coronacast, Dr Norman Swan is the respected face of science. In his new book So You Think You Know What’s Good For You? he replaces medical myths, half-truths and misconceptions with facts and information.

After this fascinating talk, stick around for the DJ, have a drink at the bar and explore the newly transformed spaces of the Australian Museum until 9pm.

This event is part of a special event series celebrating Unorthodox thinkers happening at the Australian Museum throughout August. These nights fuse ideas with music and science – everyone is welcome and the best part is – they are free.


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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson is a former journalist and TV presenter, author and activist. She wrote the New York Times bestsellers I Quit Sugar and First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, which Mark Manson described as “the best book on living with anxiety that I’ve ever read”. Sarah’s latest book This One Wild and Precious Life is a soul’s journey through the complexities of climate change, coronavirus, racial inequalities and our disconnection from what matters… back to life. Sarah hikes around the world, meeting wild voices and experts who provide hopeful wisdoms and vibrant solutions to arrive at what she feels is the true path through the despair…to our better world.


Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson is a former journalist and TV presenter, author and activist. Image: Rob Palmer
© Sarah Wilson

Dr Norman Swan

Trained in paediatrics, Dr Swan was one of the first medically qualified journalists in Australia, with a broadcast career spanning more than 30 years. He currently hosts Radio National's The Health Report and co-hosts Coronacast. He also reports on 7.30 and is a guest reporter on Four Corners; appears on The Drum and is an occasional host of Radio National Breakfast. In addition to being an active journalist and health broadcaster, Dr Swan has a deep strategic knowledge of the Australian healthcare system and is committed to evidence-based approaches to help young people, which is why he sits on the board of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth. He was also the co-founder of Tonic Media Network, a health channel that plays in GPs' waiting rooms.



Dr Norman Swan
Dr Norman Swan was one of the first medically qualified journalists in Australia. Image: Supplied by Norman Swan
© Supplied by Norman Swan

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