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Martin Poulter

When?
Thursday, October 1 2015 at 7:30PM

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

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

Who?
Martin Poulter

What's the talk about?

L Ron Hubbard instigated Scientology as a religion only a few decades ago and now it is a powerful multi-national cult that has many celebrities in its ranks.  How? 

Graham Smith

When?
Thursday, November 5 2015 at 7:30PM

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

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Who?
Graham Smith

What's the talk about?

Graham Smith is the scientist now at the University of York who has been very active in the Government attempts to halt the steady spread of bovine TB.  

Graham will explain how confusion about the science over the years has been made worse by a lack of critical thinking in most of the people and organisations involved.

Graham will explain the history of the steps taken by DEFRA and its successors and show how minor and major incidents can have an effect on the science and practicalities of Badger culling and the care of cattle across the UK and beyond.

What is your view on Badger culling?  Will it be the same after listening to Graham?  Come along and find out.

 

 

Chris Hassall

When?
Thursday, December 3 2015 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

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Who?
Chris Hassall

What's the talk about?

Climate change has been described as one of the biggest threats facing the world, but international action to mitigate the impacts of human activities on the climate is moving slowly (if at all). Why is there continued reluctance to act, and why do some people refuse to believe that climate change is even happening despite the high degree of confidence expressed by scientists?

Chris will outline briefly the science behind climate change and the tangled web of special interests that have sought to muddy the waters over a range of important scientific topics from tobacco smoke to the ozone layer. He will also discuss his role as a “skeptical activist” in investigating the extent of climate change denial at a Canadian University, and discuss the importance of skeptical involvement in education.

The talk will conclude with a discussion of the similarities across various different types of science denial, and some recent research that skeptics can use to guide their efforts to promote science in hostile communities.

Chris is a Lecturer in Animal Biology at the University of Leeds, with particular expertise in the biological impacts of environmental change. He graduated with a BSc in Zoology from the University of Liverpool and his PhD research, also conducted at Liverpool, investigated the impacts of climate change using dragonflies and damselflies as a model system. He then moved to Carleton University in Canada for three years as a Research Fellow before returning to the UK to take up a faculty position at the University of Leeds in 2012. He continues to work on large-scale patterns in ecology and evolution, with a focus on environmental change, predator-prey interactions, and freshwater science.

This event is open to all and entrance is free, however kind donations will be accepted in order to pay the speakers expenses.  There will be time after the event for Q & A and discussion and the Irish Traditional Musicians are available for entertaining listening afterwards.

 

When?
Thursday, March 3 2016 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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TS1 2LL

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Who?
Rebecca O'Neill

What's the talk about?

Details to be confirmed.