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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Ian Glendinning

When?
Thursday, May 4 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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

Who?
Ian Glendinning

What's the talk about?

Ian Glendinning - Elaborating on the 5 minute Open Mike slot from last August:
"Me and My Free Will - Consciousness is as real as you are."
 
Materialist science has a hard time explaining consciousness and almost by definition cannot explain our subjective experience of it. And, even when it tries, it remains just as hard to account for how our subjective "will" can really affect the physical world. The problem is as old as philosophy itself, most famously exposed during the Enlightenment by Descartes's dualism and dubbed simply "The Hard Problem" in the late 20th century. So hard that many scientists and philosophers have concluded in all seriousness that Consciousness and Free Will must be illusions, that they are simply not real.
 
Evolutionary philosopher Dan Dennett has spent as much time working on this as anyone to date, and his latest book "From Bacteria to Bach and Back" is probably as good as it gets.
 
Surprisingly, in addition to providing the best explanation of consciousness so far as our "User Interface", perhaps the most significant conclusion from Dennett's latest, is the question it throws upon what makes for a good "scientific explanation".
 
Science finds itself under examination.
 

Brian Eggo

When?
Thursday, June 1 2017 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?

 Brian will do some fun stuff with Psychics.


Brian runs the Glasgow Skeptics.  More details later.

John Cossham

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

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Where?

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

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Who?
John Cossham

What's the talk about?

 Details later.