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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Teesside Skeptics

When?
Thursday, August 1 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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

Who?
Teesside Skeptics

What's the talk about?

This is something we haven't done at a meeting for some time. 

The format has everybody given a chance to chip in with what they know and what they think about a subject.  A subject of your own choice is written on a card and added to the hat.  The subject drawn from the hat gets a 10-minute discussion on each table and a one-minute summary by a volunteer speaker or one chosen by the table.  (no restrictions on the use of smartphones to gather information).

  • Some ideas for a subject that could be chosen: 
  • Should Social Media Companies restrict the spread of pseudo-science and quackery?
  • Who can claim to be a  "Doctor"?
  • Should Skeptics be activists?
  • Should we hold a Northeast Skeptics Conference?
  • What is "acceptable" evidence when promoting skepticiam?

Of course you will probably be able to think of something more interesting that grabs your attention.

Looking forward to some lively sessions.

 

Please be aware that the carpark over the road from O'Connell's is a private car park patrolled by a very keen person on commission.  There will be free parking spaces on Bedford Street or Baker street for drivers.

 

 

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.

When?
Thursday, October 3 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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

Who?

What's the talk about?

 Details To Follow.

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.