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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Graham Smith

When?
Thursday, January 5 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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

Who?
Graham Smith

What's the talk about?

Many myths and legends are generated by newspapers, news magazines, TV News and the all-pervading Internet.

How can newspapers be read in such a way that the myths and legends can be by-passed and using critical thinking, the message closer to the truth be found?

Dr Graham Smith is Co-organiser York Skeptics and Head of Wildlife Epidemiology and Modelling at the Animal and Plant Health Agency.  He has spent over 20 years working in scientific research for the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs collecting, analysing and interpreting data on wildlife problems

 

Denis McEoin

When?
Thursday, February 2 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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

Who?
Denis McEoin

What's the talk about?

Denis McEoin states:

"The talk will argue that scientific evidence for homeopathy is at an increasingly high level, with more than one Nobel Prize-winning scientist researching and confirming its usefulness and scientific basis.

This will be in a context that argues for the existence of bias and prejudice in many parts of the scientific and medical establishments. He will approach this as a pro-science rationalist and will draw in part on his own extensive academic experience studying religious fundamentalism.

Denis comes from a long career in scepticism, but one in which he is not merely sceptical about religious and supernatural claims, but also sceptical of the actual practice of science (something well demonstrated by Kuhn’s theory of paradigm shifts, in which established scientists reject new ideas that do not conform to their own understanding).

Denis will also refer to Harry Collins’s direct observations of the problem of replication in science, as set out in his classic text, Changing Order".

 
Denis was born in Belfast in 1949. MA in English, Trinity College, Dublin (1971); MA (1st class) in Persian, Arabic and Islamic History, Edinburgh University (1975); PhD in Persian Studies, Cambridge, King’s College (1979).
 
He taught Arabic-English translation at Mohammed V University, Fez, Morocco. Taught Arabic and Islamic Studies, Newcastle University; Hon orally Fellow, Centre for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Durham University; editor of the Middle East Quarterly (Philadelphia); Distinguished Senior Fellow, the Gatestone Institute, New York; council member of Scholars for Peace in there Middle East; member of Middle East Study Group, Hull University.
 
Denis is an author of 40 books and hundreds of articles. I won’t bore you with my interests in music, literature, or film. He was at one point Chairman of the UK Natural Medicines Society. He is married to a homeopath.

Kevin Precious

When?
Thursday, March 2 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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

Who?
Kevin Precious

What's the talk about?

In between the various comedic activites, Kevin Precious attends his local humanist group - he's an agnostic, folks - where he loves a good old debate about the big questions in life. 

 

Expect jokes and stories then, about his time as an RE teacher, being a humanist, the God-Shaped Hole, and the philosophy of religion... and you can ask him a few questions of your own afterwards, if you wish.

 

Kevin Precious is a former RE teacher turned stand-up comedian and promoter.  Besides having played many of the top clubs in the land, he also promotes shows in arts centres and theatres under the Barnstormers Comedy banner. He has previously toured the country with a stand-up show entitled 'Not Appropriate', dedicated to the business of teaching.

Adam Baker

When?
Thursday, April 6 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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

Who?
Adam Baker

What's the talk about?

 What is radiation?  

Why is it so feared by most people?  

What are the true hazards surrounding Radiation?

 

Adam Baker will explain.   More details later.

Brian Eggo

When?
Thursday, June 1 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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Who?
Brian Eggo

What's the talk about?

 Brian will do some fun stuff with Psychics.


Brian runs the Glasgow Skeptics.  More details later.