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Brooke Magnanti

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Thursday, October 15 2020 at 7:00PM

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Brooke Magnanti

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As the US Presidential election draws near, the world has become fascinated with the seemingly new phenomena of Qanon and other wide-ranging conspiracy theories taking over social media and mainstream politics. However, the genesis of these groups is years old and comes from a surprising place: the global anti-sex trafficking movement. Brooke Magnanti discusses what happens when well-meaning causes are sidelined by bad stats and bad faith actors seize the opportunity in the service of a more worrying trend.

Brooke Magnanti is a scientist and author. She is writer of the bestselling Belle de Jour series of books, which were adapted into the hit ITV show “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” starring Billie Piper. She is also the writer of crime thrillers The Turning Tide and You Don’t Know Me.

Brooke was born in west central Florida in 1975. She earned a Ph.D. in the Forensic Pathology department there, specialising in human decomposition and postmortem identification. She has worked in forensic science, epidemiology, chemoinformatics and cancer research.

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Seth Andrews

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Thursday, October 8 2020 at 7:00PM

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Seth Andrews

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Seth Andrews is best known as host of the popular website, podcast, and online community, The Thinking Atheist. He is a broadcaster, storyteller, author, activist, and public speaker. However, rewind a few years and you’d meet a very different Seth Andrews. As a former evangelical Christian he was once a captive of right-wing media, and Fox News in particular. In his new book he examines the Fox News culture, its influence on public opinion, and how it fuels public outrage, bigotry, and fear.

Join us for an open discussion with Seth where we’ll dip our toes into this murky pond, and perhaps find out how he escaped. You can also take the opportunity to ask your own questions.

To find out more about Seth:
Website: https://www.sethandrews.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seth.andrews.31
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SethAndrewsTTA

Understanding the Allure of Conspiratorial Thinking among Proud Boys

Samantha Kutner

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Thursday, October 1 2020 at 7:00PM

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Samantha Kutner

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Samantha Kutner received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. She studies violent extremism and the gender dynamics of radicalization. Her research has been published in the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism Studies in the Hague and Georgetown University’s Journal of International Affairs and referenced in Rolling Stone, Truth or Fiction, Miami New Times, The Daily Beast, and Nation of Change. As an independent consultant, Samantha provides training presentations informed by her ethnographic research with Proud Boys and Antifascists. To learn more about Samantha, her research, and Glitterpill, visit proudboyswhisperer.com and follow her on Twitter: @ashkenaz89.

Iszi Lawrence

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Thursday, September 24 2020 at 7:00PM

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Iszi Lawrence

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There'll be Suffragettes and Velociraptors so something for everyone.  More details to follow.

James Ball

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Thursday, September 17 2020 at 7:00PM

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James Ball

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If you believe the rumours, Mark Zuckerberg is about to take over the world, thanks to Facebook’s billions of users and the power of his algorithm. But Facebook is ultimately just one company and just one service – what about the actual internet: the servers, the routers, and the thousands of miles of fibre-optic cables that cross the world? Who controls them? And who makes the rules that govern how traffic flows, who can connect. and more – and why don’t we talk about it more often?

James Ball is the author of The System: Who Owns The Internet And How It Owns Us. He is the global editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, where he oversees the not-for-profit’s international reporting projects. He also works as a freelance writer and broadcaster, and is a weekly columnist for The New European. He was previously a special correspondent at BuzzFeed UK and special projects editor at The Guardian, where he played a key role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden, as well as the offshore leaks, HSBC Files, Reading the Riots and Keep it in the Ground projects. At WikiLeaks he was closely involved in Cablegate – the publication of 250,000 classified US embassy cables in 2010 – as well as working on two documentaries based on the Iraq War Logs. He lives in London with two cats.

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Kimberley Wilson

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Thursday, September 10 2020 at 7:00PM

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Kimberley Wilson

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Most of us know the basics of how to take care of our physical health, but what about the brain? Brain health is curiously neglected from public health campaigns, especially considering that dementia is now the leading cause of death in the UK and depression is rapidly becoming the leading cause of global disease burden. What’s driving the rising rates of mental illness and neurodegeneration and what, if anything, can we do to turn the tide? In this talk, Chartered Psychologist Kimberley Wilson will present an overview of the evidence and discuss the role of modifiable risk factors in brain and mental health. https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Build-Healthy-Brain-future-proof/dp/1529347025

Kimberley Wilson is a Chartered Psychologist and visiting lecturer working in private practice in central London. She is a Governor of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Mental Health Trust and the former Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Training Committee in Counselling Psychology – the group responsible for monitoring and assessing the standards of Counselling Psychology training across the UK. She formerly led the therapy service at HMP & YOI Holloway, which at the time was Europe’s largest women’s prison (closed summer 2016). Kimberley believes the way we think about mental health – as separate from physical health – is flawed. Her philosophy of Whole Body Mental Health is a comprehensive approach to mental health care; integrating evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle factors with psychological therapy. A former finalist on the Great British Bake Off and an award-winning food producer with a degree in nutrition, Kimberley’s work looks at the role food and lifestyle plays in our mental health, including disordered eating, the gut-brain axis and our emotional relationship with food. Passionate about the power of psychology to transform lives, Kimberley is committed to demystifying the theories and putting the information into the hands of the people who need it through social media, her Stronger Minds Podcast, live events and regular appearances on expert panels. Kimberley was the featured mental health expert on several Channel 4 documentaries throughout Spring 2020; Coronavirus: How to Isolate Yourself, Living With Coronavirus, and When Will Lockdown End? Kimberley’s first book, How to Build a Healthy Brain was published in March 2020 by Yellow Kite.

Dr Suzi Gage

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Thursday, September 3 2020 at 7:00PM

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Dr Suzi Gage

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Dr Suzi Gage is a senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool, researching links between recreational drug use and mental health. In 2016 she started the award-winning Say Why to Drugs podcast with rapper and actor Scroobius Pip, exploring the science around drugs, and busting the myths that exist around them, from alcohol to LSD, MDMA to heroin. In 2020 she published Say Why To Drugs the book – giving a really deep dive in to the drugs we take, and why we get high.

Host: Andy Wilson

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Thursday, August 27 2020 at 7:00PM

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Host: Andy Wilson

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Join host Andy Wilson for the first-ever live-streamed episode of the skeptical-themed panel show InKredulous. InKredulous, a production of the Merseyside Skeptics Society, is the long-running comedy podcast where skeptics from across the world are put through their critical-thinking paces and challenged to entertain as well as inform. InKredulous has been a firm fan favourite at every QED conference since 2010, but this will be the first time the show has been broadcast to a live online audience, exclusively for Skeptics in the Pub Online.

Joining Andy for the show will be a panel from across the skeptical world:

Eli Bosnick – magician, comedian and podcaster, Eli stars on The Scathing Atheist, God Awful Movies, Skepticrat, Citation Needed and D&D Minus podcasts.
George Hrab – musician, emcee and podcaster, Geo’s Geologic podcast has been recording weekly for thirteen years and is quickly approaching 700 episodes.
Kat Ford – Board member of the Merseyside Skeptics Society, PhD student and procrastinator extraordinaire.
Michael Marshall – President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and Project Director of the Good Thinking Society, Marsh is a long-term skeptical activist and podcaster.

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Anthony Magnabosco

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Thursday, August 20 2020 at 7:00PM

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Anthony Magnabosco

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Engaging someone on a belief they hold in an effective manner is rarely easy, particularly if that belief is tied to one’s identity. So, imagine approaching strangers in public and attempting to engage them in a calm, respectful exploration of that belief, using a conversational technique known as Street Epistemology. You’ve also got to seek their permission to film the encounter, and post it to YouTube for the world to see. Anthony Magnabosco has been doing just that for nearly a decade now. His YouTube channel now contains hundreds of these conversations. In this interview, we’ll be turning the tables on him somewhat to find out what on earth made him decide to do this, how effective it is, and how we can adopt similar techniques.

Anthony Magnabosco is a skeptic and atheist from San Antonio Texas. As well as his well-documented conversations on YouTube, he has appeared on The Thinking Atheist, The Atheist Experience, Cognitive Dissonance, and The David Pakman Show, to name a few. He is also a Founder and the current Executive Director of the new nonprofit organization Street Epistemology International. Anthony has given countless talks and workshops at conferences and events across the United States as well as internationally. Perhaps the most notable of these International appearances for our audience were his packed out workshops at QED in 2017.

To find out more:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/magnabosco210
Website: https://anthonymagnabosco.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/magnabosco210/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/magnabosco

A New View of Cancer

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Thursday, August 13 2020 at 7:00PM

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Kat Arney

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Many of us think of cancer as a contemporary killer, a disease of our own making caused by our modern lifestyles. But that’s not true. Although it might be rare in many species, cancer is the enemy lurking within almost every living creature. Cancer has always been with us. It killed our hominid ancestors, the mammals they evolved from and the dinosaurs that trampled the ground before that. Why? Because cancer is a bug in the system of life. We get cancer because we can’t not get it. Geneticist and science writer Dr Kat Arney takes us to the dawn of life on planet earth right up to the present day to get to the heart of what cancer really is and how by better understanding its evolutionary journey we might one day overcome it.

Dr Kat Arney is an award-winning science writer, broadcaster and public speaker. She is the author of How to Code a Human and the critically acclaimed Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding how our genes work. Kat has spent more than 15 years working in science journalism and communication and was a key part of the science communications team at Cancer Research UK for more than a decade, co-founding the charity’s award-winning Science Blog, and acting as a principal national and international media spokesperson. Kat also presents the popular Genetics Unzipped podcast for The Genetics Society and has fronted several BBC Radio 4 science documentaries including the recent series Ingenious, looking at the stories behind our genes.

Kat’s book is out on 6th August in UK and 29th September in the US. Read more about it here https://www.rebelcellbook.com/ and find a link to buy it online here
https://www.rebelcellbook.com/buy-rebel-cell

Tim Caulfield

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Thursday, July 30 2020 at 7:00PM

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Tim Caulfield

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The spread of harmful misinformation is a defining characteristic of this pandemic. It has led to deaths, financial loss, increased stigma, health policy challenges, and added to the chaotic information environment. We must counter this “infodemic” with evidence-based communication strategies. Despite concerns about the “backfire effect” and debunking works, if done well!

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science and public health policy has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently to the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). His most recent book is Relax, Dammit!: A User’s Guide to the Age of Anxiety (Penguin Random House, 2020). Caulfield is also the host and co-producer of the award-winning documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries, including streaming on Netflix in North America.

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Andrew Torrez

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Thursday, July 23 2020 at 7:00PM

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Andrew Torrez

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To see this event live go to: twitch.tv/sitp on Thursday 23rd between 18:45 and 19:00.

In an age where fake news and viral videos have gone international, attorney Andrew Torrez helps break down where and why the law still matters. You’ll learn how sharpening the tools in your skeptical toolbox is more important than ever to help us navigate potentially existential threats to human life and flourishing.

P. Andrew Torrez has been practicing law in Maryland and Washington, D.C. since 1997, when he graduated from Harvard Law School with honors. After litigating some of the largest commercial matters in the United States, Mr. Torrez started his own firm in 2015 to serve entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. In 2016, he co-founded the popular podcast “Opening Arguments,” which breaks down and explains prominent legal stories in the news.

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https://www.skepticsinthepub.org/events/