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Dr Mike Sutton

When?
Thursday, October 2 2014 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
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http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Dr Mike Sutton

What's the talk about?

After the Big Data Bombshell: Can Darwin’s and Wallace’s Claims to Independent Discovery Remain Vertical?

Perhaps the most persistent and intransigent myths and legends are those produced by trusted experts in the field?  To date Mike Sutton has experienced little serous resistance to new evidence in his role as a sceptical mythbuster.  However, despite being reported upon in the national press earlier this year,  his most recent discovery that many famous and highly trusted and respected academics and sceptics have been disseminating multiple fallacies and myths about the discovery of natural selection, he seems to have hit an early wall of silence from top experts in the field.

Patrick Matthew is generally acknowledged as the originator of the discovery of natural selection and the person who first wrote and had published the entire hypothesis.  Matthew’s unique discovery of  ‘the natural process of selection’ was published in a book entitled  ‘On Naval and Timber and Arboriculture’ in 1831, which is 27 years before Charles Darwin’s and Alfred Wallace’s papers were read before the Linnean Society in 1858.

The current orthodox science consensus is that Darwin and Wallace each discovered natural selection independently of Matthew and independently of one another. Darwin claimed that no naturalist known to him had read Matthew’s unique ideas before 1860 and for the past 154 years that story has held fast. Consequently, Darwin is hailed as the immortal great thinker on the subject of evolution, because he alone is recognised as first to take “his own” discovery of the theory of natural selection forward, with many confirmatory evidences, convincing others of its veracity and importance.

In this talk, Mike Sutton will challenge this orthodox view with brand new and independently verifiable evidence, that he uniquely discovered with newly available ‘big data’ research methods, to prove that, pre-1858, Matthew’s 1831 book was read by at least 24 people because they actually cited it in the published literature. Importantly, Mike reveals that at least seven who cited Matthew’s book were naturalists. Most importantly of all, he focuses upon the fact that three of only seven naturalists now known to have cited Matthew’s book were at the very epicentre of influence on Darwin’s and Wallace’s researches. Moreover, two of those three were personal associates and correspondents of Darwin and Wallace. He will show that Matthew, not Darwin, should now be celebrated as the only independent solver of the problem of species.

Finally, for our sceptical consideration and debate Mike will ask us to think sceptically about whether or not it is a mere tri-coincidence, improbable beyond rational belief, that three out of only seven naturalists known to have cited Matthew’s prior-published book before 1858, containing the full hypothesis of natural selection, played such pivotal roles at the very epicentre of influence and facilitation of Darwin’s and Wallace’s published work on natural selection.’ In other words, is it now more likely than not that Darwin and Wallace committed the world’s greatest science fraud?

Dr Michael "Mike", Sutton is author of Nullius in Verba: Darwin’s greatest secret’

.He is Reader in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University (UK), where he teaches Hi Tech Crime and also Crime Reduction and Community Safety. Before that he worked for 14 years as a senior researcher in the Policing and reducing Crime Unit in the Home Office in London. Mike is the originator of the Market Reduction Approach (MRA) to theft and co-founder and Chief Editor of the open access Internet Journal of Criminology. He is a winner of the British Journal of Criminology Prize for virtual ethnographic research into a pan-European hacking group. 

 

Glen Carrigan

When?
Thursday, November 6 2014 at 7:30PM

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

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

Who?
Glen Carrigan

What's the talk about?

Glen is a Neuropsychology Researcher at the University of Central Lancashire specialising in moral psychology, youth engagement and with an interest in all things science! Coming from a military background – where still non-religious personnel struggle to be recognised - Glen’s interest in psychology and morality was piqued when living and working in Afghanistan, Pakistan and many other nations after experiencing myriad world views, different group behaviours and the strife that often results when they clash. It is therefore his passionate aim to usher in a more enlightened form of thinking where equality as a species, compassion and consequentialism help to uplift us in place of tribalism, religious moral absolutism, and the wanton disregard for the scientific facts that humans have so far revealed in this a beautiful and rich universe.

This is an introduction to a morality where God is not at its centre. Using the 4 S’s of science, skepticism, sarcasm and satire whilst employing neuropsychological research and a humanistic world view, we’ll look at what the alternatives are to a pious moral code and why people and groups might make the decisions they do.   We will seek to highlight that the debate about morality should not be conducted in a vacuum but should take place in the real world and focus on understanding how our actions affect our fellow creatures, rather than desperately trying to cling to ancient axiomatic standards and justify them with scriptural tenets that many today rightfully find inadequate and may in fact have lead us to develop a socially acceptable sense of moral blindness.

Most recently Glen has aided in the development of a new Brain Imaging Lab (Electroencephalograph) at UCLan, a facility that features heavily in his research. Other talks have included presenting Genetics and Neuropsychology at The Big Bang hosted by Liverpool’s World Museum combining sweets, DNA extraction and cortical slices; sounds tricky and gruesome but it’s all risk assessed, no really! Further public engagement activities centre on teaching children through interactive classes to appreciate team work, higher education and the importance of science and critical thinking in the modern world. In addition Glen has blogged and taken part in political and social activism: reform section 5, equal marriage, no to gender segregation and recently highlighting from a personal point of view, how under-represented non-believers are in the UK Armed Forces.

This talk is free and open to the Public (donations for expenses gratefully accepted).  It is a 5 minute walk from the train or bus stations and there is ample free parking outside the pub. Please register your intention to attend here:

 

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Noel Jackson

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

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29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
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http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Noel Jackson

What's the talk about?

Noel Jackson is the Head of Education at The Centre for Life in Newcastle.  He will be taking a light-hearted view at the serious topic of alcohol and its effect on the body in his talk ‘What’s your poison?’

He will also be providing his own very special cocktails for our Christmas Party.  More details soon.

Vicky Forster (Date TBC)

When?
Thursday, January 8 2015 at 7:30PM

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

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Who?
Vicky Forster (Date TBC)

What's the talk about?

This talk will start later than usual to accommodate our speaker who has an important appointment in London.  There will be a lead-in session starting about 7pm but the main session will not start until 7.30pm

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.

As always this a free event at O'Connell's Pub (any kind donations accepted) and any members of the public are welcome.  We hope the new starting time tonight of 7.30pm and this will allow a relaxed period for those coming from a distance.  Bring a friend!

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

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
Professor Steve Hall

What's the talk about?

Details to be confirmed.

Will Moy

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

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

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

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.

When?
Thursday, April 2 2015 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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TS1 2LL

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

Who?
Chris Peters

What's the talk about?

Details to be confirmed.