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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I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge:please hold me accountable.

 

 

Angelos Sofocleous

When?
Thursday, June 7 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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

Who?
Angelos Sofocleous

What's the talk about?

 Details To Follow

Various

When?
Thursday, July 5 2018 at 12:00AM

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Where?

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

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Who?
Various

What's the talk about?

 Details To Follow.

Subject TBD

When?
Thursday, August 2 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

61 Wilson St,
Middlesbrough
TS1 1SF

Who?
Subject TBD

What's the talk about?

This is event will be in a new format to us, a conversation led by a small panel but involving everyone at the meeting.

We will be choosing a subject dear to the heart of Skeptics and we hope to get a couple of experts on the subject to help steer the discussion but this is mainly about members getting their chance to speak.

 

More later.

 

Various

When?
Thursday, October 4 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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

Who?
Various

What's the talk about?

This is our irregular Open Mic night where members and guests get a chance to present a piece on a subject of their choice.  There will be 5 or 6 speakers taking 10 minutes each to make their case, followed by 5 minutes of intense questioning by the audience.

So far we have 5 volunteers:

Andy Dean

Will Mac

Paul Wilson

John Cossham

Ian Glendinning

 

Just drop me a text on 07712847328 and let me know your subject.


First come, first slot given.

 

Dr Mike Sutton

When?
Thursday, December 6 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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Who?
Dr Mike Sutton

What's the talk about?

 In this talk Mike will be revealing details of his latest peer-reviewed journal papers on the topic of Charles Darwin's plagiarism.

There appears to be fact-denial behaviour, angry written reactions and behaviour of Darwin scholars and others, to the newly discovered fact that, as opposed to Darwin's tall-tale of no influence, other naturalists did read and then cite Patrick Matthew's book (1831) containing his prior-published conception of the theory of macroevolution by natural selection.

Patrick Matthew's book was written years before Darwin and Wallace replicated it, each claimed it as their own independent conception.

Mike Sutton is the originator of the Market Reduction Approach to Theft and has published many encyclopaedia essays, peer-reviewed papers, articles, book chapters, national and international policy-oriented government reports and policing guides on this subject and on stolen goods markets in general.  

Mike has an international reputation and is widely acknowledged as the world's leading expert in this field. He is currently researching, writing and publishing in several other subjects including measurement of fear of crime; the role of policing in crime reduction; hate crimes and prejudice reduction; hi tech crimes; explanations for the current crime drop; and myths and fallacies about crime.

For a paper he published on his work researching smartcard hackers, Mike was co-recipient in 1999 of the British Journal of Criminology Prize awarded for the best article published in 1998/99 that contributed to knowledge and understanding of criminology and criminal justice issues.

In the field of criminological myths and fallacies, Mike is particularly interested in what he has recently named Supermyths. These are credulously believed by numerous scholars and used, with unintended irony, to support arguments of the importance of identifying myths and fallacies.