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When?
Thursday, May 28 2020 at 7:00PM

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Angel Russell

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Two of the most pervasive myths that I spend my time deconstructing are (1) that humans have a specific part of their brains devoted to sex and (2) that humans have an innate “drive” to be sexual. Neither of these things are true, and it’s important that people understand that. When folks believe these misconceptions, it can make it feel like there’s something wrong with them or their relationship when they experience extreme highs or lows in sexual desire (libido) or when their bodies don’t sexually perform (arousal) the way they expect them to. This talk will focus on the neuroscience behind sexual arousal and libido. We will do some myth-busting and discuss how to effectively approach “spicing up” your sex life – even if you’re single or stuck in quarantine.

Angel Russell aka: Professor Sex, (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, ACS Certified Sex Educator, research sexologist, certified sexual assault victims advocate, and author. Their research interests focus on the intersections between social and personality psychology, particularly as they relate to sexual identity, orientation, and behavior. In 2019 their research on Individual Differences in Coming Out as LGBT+ received a professional paper award nomination from Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA). Angel is a member of the Community Sexual Health Education and Research Initiative (CSHERI), a sexuality education provider for the Jacksonville Center for Sexual Health, and a member of the editorial board for Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education. Additionally, Angel is the “A” in Sex from A to Z™, a sex science podcast co-hosted with Dr. Rob Zeglin. To learn more and find them online head to ProfessorSex.com.

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When?
Thursday, May 21 2020 at 7:00PM

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Dr Nick Brown

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The skeptical movement rightly suggests that people should place more faith in peer-reviewed scientific articles than in YouTube videos or written claims made by random people on the Internet. However, science is not always particularly reliable either. In this talk, I will give some examples of how peer-reviewed scientific work that may attract a lot of public attention and even influence public policy decisions can contain remarkably elementary errors (not all of which are necessarily accidental). Some of these errors can be detected even by readers with relatively little mathematical or statistical expertise.

About the speaker:
Ten years ago, Nick Brown was a British IT manager living in France. Now he is an Irish psychologist living in Spain. He received his PhD from the University of Groningen in 2019, with his thesis being entitled "Can Positive Emotions Improve Physical Health?" (spoiler: there's no good evidence). His work on debunking bad science has been featured in The Observer and Science, but nobody has paid him any money for it yet.

When?
Thursday, May 14 2020 at 7:00PM

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Chris Goodall

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The UK has declared a ‘climate emergency’ and pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. So how do we get there? Drawing on actions, policies and technologies already emerging around the world, Chris Goodall sets out the ways to achieve this. His proposals include:

-Building a huge over-capacity of wind and solar energy, storing the excess as hydrogen.
-Using hydrogen to fuel our trains, shipping, boilers and heavy industry, while electrifying buses, trucks and cars.
-Building a huge over-capacity of wind and solar energy, storing the excess as hydrogen.
-Using technical solutions to capture CO2 from the air, and biochar to lock carbon in the soil.

“What We Need To Do Now” is an urgent, practical and inspiring plan that signals a green new deal for Britain.

Chris Goodall is a businessman, author and expert on new energy technologies. His expertise lies in low carbon energy generation, low carbon heat, electric cars, storage and and geoengineering.

His début book “How to Live a Low-Carbon Life” won the 2007 Clarion award for non-fiction. His second book, “Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and Climate” (2008), was one of the Financial Times’ Books of the Year. His other works include “The Green Guide for Business” (2010), “Sustainability: All That Matters” (2012) and “Switch” (2016).

His latest book, “What We Need to Do Now For a Zero Carbon Future” was published in February 2020. Goodall operates the website Carbon Commentary. He has also written for The Guardian, The Independent, Abundance and the Ecologist. He has spoken at literary festivals around the UK, at the British Library, the Science Museum and many universities.

He is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge and Harvard Business School (MBA).

When?
Thursday, May 7 2020 at 7:00PM

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Jonathan Jarry

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Alternative medicine proponents have become really good at building a body of research that looks more and more like good science to the casual observer. In the face of positive randomized clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, the skeptic’s approach has to become more sophisticated to crack this façade of believability. We will go through three cases that illustrate how convincing the evidence for pseudoscience looks and what’s actually happening under the bonnet.

Jonathan Jarry is a science communicator in Montreal, Canada with the McGill Office for Science and Society, dedicated to separating sense from nonsense on the scientific stage. He brings his experience in cancer research, human genetics, rehabilitation research, and forensic biology to the work he does for the public. With cardiologist Dr. Christopher Labos, he co-hosts the award-winning medical podcast The Body of Evidence, which aims to contextualize findings in the realm of health research and answer the public’s most pressing questions about the biomedical sciences while also being funny and entertaining.

When?
Thursday, April 30 2020 at 7:00PM

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Who?
Sian Williams

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Live events are cancelled for the time being but Skeptics in the Pub is moving on-line in an SitP countrywide group effort.  Watch on Twitch every Thursday from 7pm twitch.tv/SitP

How To Name Your Element

When?
Thursday, April 23 2020 at 7:00PM

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Who?
Kit Chapman

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Live events are cancelled for the time being but Skeptics in the Pub is moving on-line in a SitP countrywide group effort.  Watch on Twitch every Thursday from 7pm twitch.tv/SitP

There was a talk scheduled for this Thursday, 16th April, but that's disappeared so I think Kit Chapman next week is the next to be aired.

When?
Wednesday, February 19 2020 at 7:30PM

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84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Lennox Rodgers

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Lennox Rodgers' life experiences in crime and spells in prison, led to him being asked to run some open discussions with a South East London gang. He realised that this was a second chance. Becoming a positive role model and mentor to young people resulted in affirmative outcomes that became the key to Lennox forming Refocus.

A regular media commentator on the issues of gang culture, knife crime, prison reform and youth rehabilitation, Lennox has now set out the story of his descent into darkness, and the intervention that brought about an epiphany in his book ‘Breaking Better’.

He delivers a searingly honest account of the cause and effects of a life of crime and how his experiences can help to educate, refocus and maybe affect policies and people.

When?
Wednesday, August 21 2019 at 7:30PM

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84 Parrock Road
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Who?
Keith Kahn-Harris

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The meeting on Wednesday August 21 is CANCELLED.

Sadly Dr Kahn-Harris is unwell and cannot now be with us for August Skeptics.

William Hunter

When?
Wednesday, July 17 2019 at 7:30PM

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William Hunter

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Transylvania is a byword for vampires and gypsy magic – but there is so much more strangeness that makes Dracula look pretty tame.

Lore is passed on through fireside tales of demons, underworlds and wicked spirits that exist alongside humans, of a creator God who has long abandoned his world.

Transylvania has long been a place of conflict, of cultural clashes and invasion. Within this unique European pressure cooker of faith and war, supernatural beliefs took hold in everyday life. The magical practices of actual Transylvanians from the beginning of the last century up to the present day were about giving reason to a violent world, a way of gaining some agency in the chaos.

William Hunter talks about why magic is needed, on what basis it is done, and some of the techniques he has seen performed.

He was raised in the Carpathian mountains of Transylvania and spent most of his childhood with monks, fortune tellers and very tall trees. SInce then he has travelled throughout Europe exploring surviving or reimagined native beliefs, partaking in Fire festivals and fertility rites from Scotland to Albania.

What can synaesthesia tell us about the human mind?

Professor Michael Banissy

When?
Wednesday, June 19 2019 at 7:30PM

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84 Parrock Road
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Who?
Professor Michael Banissy

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What does the name Brian taste of? What colour is the number 3? These may sound like unusual questions, but for people with synaesthesia they are a very real way to experience the world. Synaesthesia refers to a blending of the senses that are normally experienced separately. In this talk, I will explain what synaesthesia is, how we think synaesthesia happens, and what synaesthesia can tell us about mechanisms of perception in us all.

Michael is a Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, where he is Co-Head of Department . He has contributed to several diverse research areas, including social perception, social cognition, creativity, synaesthesia, and brain stimulation. The breadth of his work is not only seen in scientific contributions, but also in his engagement to bring science to the public and industry (e.g. he is a Royal Society Short Industry Fellow). His work resulted in him being awarded the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal (2016), and the Bertelson Award (2017) for outstanding contributions to psychological research.

Jo Kenrick

When?
Wednesday, May 15 2019 at 7:30PM

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84 Parrock Road
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Who?
Jo Kenrick

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What if there was a dirty bomb hidden somewhere in the UK and you had to get a suspect to tell you where it was and how to disable it, what lengths would you go to? Recent revelations in the media about the UK government’s role in cooperating with the CIA torture programme have re-opened the debate on what is and is not acceptable when innocent lives are at stake. The President of the United States has declared that torture ‘absolutely works’ but the CIA’s own reports state that torture techniques “do not produce intelligence” and “will probably result in false answers”. This talk examines the ethical arguments for and against torture and reviews the science behind what techniques do and don’t work in eliciting information in high-pressure situations.

Jo Kenrick is a member of the Forensic Psychology Unit and an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths where she is researching the development of deceptive skill for her PhD. She has a wide range of research interests as you can see by her previous dissertation topics -"Let the traffic policeman wear black cotton gloves": Why traditional rituals of death matter to modern people (BA, Religious Studies), One born every minute: A target selection hypothesis of deception abilities in Machiavellian personalities (BSc, Psychology) and The influence of information channels on attributions for Domestic Violence against Women in Sweden, Bulgaria and the UK (MSc, Research Methods).

Jeremy Banx

When?
Wednesday, April 17 2019 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Jeremy Banx

What's the talk about?

Jeremy Banx, an award winning cartoonist, will talk about his work – and some of his original cartoons will be available for purchase at very reasonable prices.

He has contributed to newspapers, magazines and comics including Private Eye, Wall Street Journal, Punch, New Statesman, Vice.uk, Oink!, Toxic, etc. For the past twenty-five years he has been the pocket cartoonist for the Financial Times. He is the cartoon editor for The Reaper at www.thereaper.rip

His books include ‘Cubes’, ‘The Many Deaths of Norman Spittal’, ‘Big Fat Sleepy Cat’, ‘The Dewsburys’ and ‘Frankenthing’. More than 150 short animated films were based on his character Norman Spittal.

For ten years he contributed designs for floats to the Nice Carnival.

He lives and works in Greenwich, London, with his wife Elaine and has four children.