Teesside Skeptics


"The civilised man has a moral obligation to be skeptical, to demand the credentials of all statements claiming to be facts"

Bergen Evans (1904-1978) from "The Natural History of Nonsense" - 1946

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When?
Saturday, July 6 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Heather Pentler

What's the talk about?

 A special guest from Edinburgh SitP.   Subject will follow.

Brian Eggo

When?
Thursday, September 5 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Brian Eggo

What's the talk about?

 As the rewards of fame and fortune increase, so does the dedication and desperation of those in the sporting world who will do whatever it takes to win.

Science is playing an ever-increasing role in the march towards maximising our athletic potential.  

Unfortunatley, wherever science goes, quackery is never far behind.

Brian Eggo is the main organiser and primary mouthpiece of Glasgow Skeptics.  As such he has an unhealthy interest in the equally amusing and frustrating realms of woo and pseudoscience.

This has caused him to spend way too much of his own money on the type of things he encourages other people not to spend their money on.

He occasionally dabbles in skeptical activism when prompted and has been known to make some awful puns on podcasts. 

His day job is in training and development and that explains a lot!

O'Connells is on Bedford Street and there are parking spaces outside on the road.  If they are full Baker street always has some space, next street along.  We are a five minute walk from the bus station and 15 minutes from the railway station.

Entrance is free but kind donations towards expenses is always welcome.

Dr Andrew Dean

When?
Thursday, December 5 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Dr Andrew Dean

What's the talk about?

A Psychological Examination of Magical Beings and Imaginary Friends

The notion of other-worldly creatures, spirits, and magical realms appears to span the past several thousand years. Yet, for all of the attention from Hollywood and other forms of popular culture, elucidating a psychological understanding of the phantasmagorical has proved to be almost as elusive as the subject matter itself.

In this talk we will look at the challenges of examining the otherworldly, but more importantly, the cognitive and social benefits and detriments from ‘excessive’ imagination, or auditory-visual hallucinations. Where pertinent, themes from the psychedelic literature will be drawn on to highlight the disruptive impact of rapidly adopting or rejecting hallucinations.



Dr Andrew Dean is a natural and social scientist, specialising in biophysics, linguistics and psychology. At present he is examining the impact of psychedelics on mental states arising from otherworldly hallucinations and visions.  This is increasingly orientated towards those claiming to see and hear God, demons, and magical fairytale creatures.