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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Susan Walker

When?
Thursday, May 2 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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

Who?
Susan Walker

What's the talk about?

What if people make choices that discriminate against one group in favour of another without even realising they are doing it? Is anybody immune? Are you?

And even more strikingly… this may happen against our own conscious belief that they are being unbiased…

Susan Walker is the current chair of North East Humanists and is a Humanist Celebrant. In previous careers she has been a material scientist working in the Universities of Durham, Newcastle and Massachusetts.

More recently she has been a science and maths teacher in East Durham.

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.

Dr Andrew Dean

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

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

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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.