Teesside Skeptics
"Skepticism is the process of applying reason and critical thinking to determine validity. It's the process of finding a supported conclusion, not the justification of a preconceived conclusion". (Brian Dunning).

Myles Power

When?
Monday, April 21 2014 at 7:00PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
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Who?
Myles Power

What's the talk about?

Myles Power has been debunking pseudoscientists by the use of blogs and videos for some time and was obviously far too successful.

Recently US legal direction regarding digital rights has resulted in a hunt for plagiarised work on the Web so that it can be removed or the artists recompensed for their efforts.  As a result Youtube and other providers have had to adjust their policies to cut out offenders.  Pseudoscientists have abused these procedures to attack debunkers who use clips of Youtube videos to show where misleading or wrong information has been published.

Myles is in the middle of an ongoing battle to remain in a position to ensure pseudoscientists are kept in check.  This is a coverage of his history of debunking and an update of how things are going.

Tom Williamson

When?
Thursday, May 1 2014 at 7:00PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Tom Williamson

What's the talk about?

Tom graduated with a PhD in Systems Biology from the University of Manchester in June 2010, nominated for best paper from a Manchester FLS postgrad in the same year and has given several Skeptic talks on the scientific method.

Tom is a Humanist, Skeptic and Norwich City fan.

He writes the blog: Skeptic Canary.

He will present an introduction to the scientific method, how science gets done (research, peer review process, etc), various scientific frauds and how the scientific method was used to
uncover them.

The talk includes a live demo of how seemingly meaningless data can be spun in favour of a chosen conclusion.  A common method used by pseudoscience advocates.

 

Vicky Forster

When?
Thursday, June 5 2014 at 7:00PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Vicky Forster

What's the talk about?

Debunking the conspiracies

Millions of pounds is poured into cancer research and drug development every year and although cure rates for many forms of cancer have improved dramatically in the last fifty years, some remain exceptionally hard to treat. An increasing number of passionate cancer conspiracy theorists claiming that ‘the cure’ has already been found and is being suppressed and that unproven alternative therapies are better than conventional therapies, are threatening the health of cancer patients and the reputation of cancer charities, doctors and researchers.

This talk will aim to address misunderstandings about the basic biology of cancer, look for any evidence behind the most popular touted ‘alternative cancer therapies’ and hopes to stimulate discussion as to why there are a growing number of people who believe in these largely-unfounded conspiracies.

Dr. Vicky Forster is a cancer research scientist at Newcastle University, and a survivor of childhood cancer. She is also passionate blogger for a large cancer charity and tweets a lot about her own work and demanding evidence for alternative cancer treatments and therapies.

When?
Tuesday, July 1 2014 at 7:00PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?

What's the talk about?

Replacement Speaker to be confirmed.

 

 

Charles Veitch

When?
Thursday, August 7 2014 at 7:00PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Charles Veitch

What's the talk about?

Details TBC:

Charles Veitch (aka. Charlie Veitch) is an anarchist protester and YouTuber who rather dramatically turned away from the 9/11 truth and conspiracy theory movement, and thus caused members of said movement to collectively foam in paranoid anger about how he's really an agent sent by the CIA (or some similarly shadowy cabal) to perform cognitive infiltration.


I think because the government has lied about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians have been killed, we do suspect foul play when other terrible events [happen] … and if governments can lie and kill half a million people, why wouldn't they lie about killing 3,000? It doesn't take an incredible leap of fantasy or faith or gullibility. We're not gullible, we're just truth seekers. And the 9/11 Truth movement is trying to find out the truth about what happened. … [But you should] not hold onto religious dogma. If you're presented with new evidence, take it on, even if it contradicts what you or your group might be believing or wanting to believe. You have to give the truth the greatest respect, and I do.

Following Veitch's disavowal of conspiracy theories, he has had his website hacked, his family harassed, and accusations have been made by conspiracy theorists that he's actually a paedophile, when in reality he's just rather a boring anarchist protester with a YouTube channel.

 

 

When?
Thursday, September 4 2014 at 7:00PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Guy Otten

What's the talk about?

Details to follow.

When?
Thursday, October 2 2014 at 7:00PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Dr Mike Sutton

What's the talk about?

Perhaps the most persistant and intransigent myths and legends are those produced by trusted experts in the field.  Mike Sutton experiences resistance to acceptance of new evidence regularly in his role as Super Mythbuster.  Sometimes from trusted Academics and Sceptics.  Details to follow

When?
Thursday, November 6 2014 at 7:00PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Glen Carrigan

What's the talk about?

To be confirmed

Will Moy

When?
Thursday, March 5 2015 at 7:00PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Will Moy

What's the talk about?

October 2011: A dodgy news report leads to questions in Parliament, a Government U-turn and ill-informed changes to the law on knife crime.

Is this just politics as usual, or can we change the way those in power use facts and information?

Will Moy runs Full Fact, the UK's only independent fact checking organisation and will be speaking about its work.