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With Pint of Science

Adam Baker + Various

When?
Wednesday, May 16 2018 at 6:30PM

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Where?

4 Southfield Road
Middlesbrough
TS1 3BZ

Tel: 01642 242621

Who?
Adam Baker + Various

What's the talk about?

This month's social event will be held in conjunction with the Teesside University "Pint of Science" presentations about Illuminating The Future

We meet at 6.30pm and the presentations start at 7pm (drinks available)

Presentations and Q&A finishes at 9pm when we retire to the Dickens Inn bar for a chat.

If you wish to attend you will need a ticket (£4) and so please go to: 

https://pintofscience.co.uk/events/middlesbrough

 

A Miracle in your Pocket or Out To Kill You!?

Sean Slater

When?
Thursday, May 3 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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

Who?
Sean Slater

What's the talk about?

We nearly all now carry around in our pockets something which just 15 years ago would have seemed utterly miraculous. From this little slab of light, and for a few £ a month we can touch a glass sheet and interact with most of the world’s population. We can share opinions, memories, hopes, fears, dreams and experiences as they happen and from almost anywhere on the planet, we have access to the sum of the world’s information just about whenever and wherever we want. Social media would likely not exist as it does without the smartphone. It’s probable that the huge changes in the political landscapes over the past 5 years would not have happened without it.
 
But do you even know how it works? Is having a microwave transmitter right next to your brain or in your pocket a bad thing? Can your mobile actually be killing you?
 
Sean Slater is the Vice-Chair of Edinburgh Skeptics Society and has worked in the mobile phone industry for nearly 25 years; seeing it grow from an expensive businessman’s toy to the ubiquitous consumer necessity it is now.

When?
Friday, April 20 2018 at 7:00PM

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Where?

61 Wilson St,
Middlesbrough
TS1 1SF

Who?

What's the talk about?

As part of the new Data Protection regulations coming in could all recipients please confirm that they have recieved this email and that they wish to continue receiving news of our upcoming events by affirming your email address to tpwaites@iee.org.    Thanks.

Social Night - This is the first of what we hope will be regular social nights for those critical thinkers who would like to meet like-minded people and have a chat.

This time we will be discussing Sam Hogarth's recent talk at O'Connells Pub about the need for continued Skeptical thinking in the modern age.

We will be having a particular focus on the way that courses are being introduced into our higher and further education establishments that seem to be based on pseudo-science, wishful thinking and quackery rather than on rational, evidence-backed subjects. 

As students are paying huge sums for their education it seems that courses are being commoditised and advertised to suit "customer choice".  We believe Universities and colleges are not supermarkets and any choice should be made between courses that have a firm foundation in reality.  But how can we find out what is happening?  If we find a course with no merit, what can we as outsiders do about it?  Let's find out.

No subject is taboo.  Any suggestions for the SitP will be listened to.  All welcome.

Sam Hogarth

When?
Thursday, April 5 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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

Who?
Sam Hogarth

What's the talk about?

Trump, Brexit, the decline of North East football (Boro Excluded (Ed)). There are a lot of reasons to feel disheartened and downtrodden right now.

In the words of Thomas Fuller, "It is always darkest just before the Day dawneth", and this is why we need pragmatic skepticism more than ever.  

In this talk we will be celebrating some of the victories we have won as an organisation but also taking a look at those battles we should be fighting.

Sam Hogarth is a software developer by day and a Joint Chief of Skepticism by night, part of the organisational team at Newcastle Skpetics in the Pub.

 

Dr Paul Reading

When?
Thursday, February 1 2018 at 7:30PM

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

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

Who?
Dr Paul Reading

What's the talk about?

Margaret Thatcher claimed to need only 4 hours sleep a night and those who work in the City of London regard those who need "a good night's sleep" as wimps! 

But what is a good night's sleep?  What happens if we don't get one and what happens if we sleep too much?

Dr Paul Reading is a neurologist specialising in sleep at the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough since 2005.  

 

More details later.

Alex Chalmers, Andy Dean, Reece Hanrahan

When?
Thursday, January 4 2018 at 7:30PM

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

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

Who?
Alex Chalmers, Andy Dean, Reece Hanrahan

What's the talk about?

This will be a new format for the Teesside Skeptics-in-the-Pub meeting in that there will be a short presentation on the subject followed by a panel discussion.  After that we will have questions from the audience.

The subject will cover the history of psychedelics, it's effects on the brain and perceptions of reality, it's effects both short and long term on users, it's growth in the West, it's inclusion as a dangerous substance in many countries.  There will be discussion about the hallucinations and the glimpses it provides of "alternative realities" as well as its effects on the production of art and music.  

The members of the panel will present a short brief of their knowledge and experiences of Psychedelics and how they perceive or measure its qualities and effects.  This will be followed by in depth discussions.

 

Speakers:

 

Reece Hanrahan

 

Reece is a 26 year old Criminology graduate. His areas of interest are Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Theology, Literature, Spirituality and the Therapeutic Benefits of Psychedelics.

 

Alex Chalmers

 

Alex is an explorer of psy-phen and its illuminations on the philosophy of mind, metaphysics and culture.

 

Andy Dean

 

Andy

What Are Craft Ales?

Dr Keith Thomas

When?
Thursday, December 7 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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Who?
Dr Keith Thomas

What's the talk about?

Dr Keith Thomas runs the very special and innovative Darwin Brewery in Sunderland supplying cask ales to pubs and clubs throughout the region and beyond.

But are all cask ales really "Craft Ales" and how do they relate to "RealAle"?  What happens when major breweries fight back against micro-brewery success by buying them out or brewing by proxy?, Is what they produce "Craft Ale"?

Keith Thomas founded Brewlab in 1986 to provide training and analysis to amateur and professional brewers and as an application of his microbiology expertise.  In addition to managing the company he teaches at the University of Sunderland and conducts research into yeast physiology and novel brewing ingredients. 

His doctorate investigated the production of alcohol biofuel from paper waste and he still harbours an ambition to create a beer from the daily news.

 

Elliot George

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

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

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Who?
Elliot George

What's the talk about?

Remember when airliner MH370 disappeared?  Experts on the news said, "Until we have some kind of evidence, it's very difficult to say anything".  Similarly, until evidence for a God arrives, the default position of no evidence for a god remains in place. Some people claim that there is a god, but we are currently in a situation of ignorance regarding their god-hypothesis.  So mankind is in a god-free zone where god has not yet been demonstrated to exist. In fact there has naver been any credible evidence for the existence of any god (unlike MH370, the exitence of which was once very evident), so we must have always been god-free in the past. We are also fairy-free and goblin-free.

Of course if someone does invent a way of investigating this "supernatural realm", it will instantly become part of the natural realm simply by virtue of having been newly detected! [Believers] won't want that to happen, it would be the end of the "supernatural god", wouldn't it. A boring natural god with influence in our world?

This is where "Intelligent Design" comes in.  Members will probably remember the case put forward last year by Jonathan McLatchie.

Evidence for a god with influence in the natural world?  If religious people have found, as they claim, that there is evidence of god's work on earth then it can be examined by non-believers.  Intelligent Design has been examined extensively by non-believers and the result will be presented on Thursday.

Elliot George is the pen-name of a retired science teacher living in the UK.  He writes anti-theistic articles and books in an attempt to help people shake off harmful myths.  His books are available through www.patreon.com where you can also contribute to his writing by becoming a Patron.

 

Beyond The Potemkin Illusion

Robin Tudge

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

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

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Who?
Robin Tudge

What's the talk about?

North Korea: Beyond the Potemkin Illusion. 

 

Tourism in North Korea is nearly always decried as a grand exercise in fooling gullible foreigners, with visitors seeing nothing but gold in a gilded gulag of bombs and famine. North Korea tour leader Robin Tudge shows what really can be seen on a tour and how it challenges the West’s narrative about this country.

 

Robin Tudge is a writer, author and tour leader in North Korea. He is now taking a degree in paramedic practice.

A Double Bill

Alan Peyton & Vincent Richardson/Paul Duncan McGarrity

When?
Thursday, September 7 2017 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

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Who?
Alan Peyton & Vincent Richardson/Paul Duncan McGarrity

What's the talk about?

Since money was invented there have been many ways to use it and try to control it to the benefit of all, sometimes.   Whichever way has been chosen it has seemingly led to cycles of boom and bust and many instances of inflation, deflation, corruption and fraud.  Banks tend to lend money so that assets can be bought (such as housing) whilst neglecting areas of true growth with more risk.  Economics recognises the frailties of the current system but seems completely helpless in finding any changes needed that haven't been tried before.  What can be done?

Alan Peyton and Vincent Richardson are at the forefront of a movement that has some ideas about what can be done and will both be here to explain Positive Money.

 

Vincent Richardson

 

Systems and Management BSc with honours at City University London,

2 years retail management with the Littlewoods organisation;

11 years running own retail business;

21 years running a hotel;

5 years supporting/running Positive Money organisation in the North East.

 

Vincent has always had a keen interest in economics since his days at University. After the 2008 crash he experienced first hand the hardships that bank-led recessions can cause businesses and the wider society. Researching the problem he discovered Positive Money who impressed him with their analysis of the circumstances leading to the crash and more importantly had positive solutions as to how we can stop it happening again,which undoubtedly will happen at some point. He was so motivated as to want to become an active supporter and help educate others as to what happened and how we can put this right.

 

Alan Peyton

BSc Mech Engineering 1970

Open University BA degree in 1978 (interdisciplinary but mainly science based with emphasis on Geology)

 

Alan worked in engineering until 1988 when he had his first interface and confrontation with the finance industry, resulting from deregulation of that sector.  He switched to Business Analysis & Consultancy after an MBA in 1990 and gained a Common Entrance qualification in Law in 1991.  After extensive work in dealing with banks & finance he eventually retired in 2008.

He was NOT to blame for the crash – the timing was merely coincidental!

Paul Duncan McGarrity - Ask an Archeologist

Our special guest comedian arrives fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe.  His show does what it says in the title.  Paul sits in front of an audience of Skeptics and answers questions.  Most audiences tend to ask about work in the field but other questions have been on Brexit, Time travel and knitting patterns.

Woven around these queries Paul dishes the dirt on what really goes on in the trenches.  Topics covered include the dating techniques of Vikings, the awkward truth behind the death of Richard III and Shakespeare's laddish side.

 

 

Are They Harmless Fun?

Dr Daniel Jolley

When?
Thursday, August 3 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

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Who?
Dr Daniel Jolley

What's the talk about?

Conspiracy theories are associated with almost every significant social and political event, such as the suggested theory that the U.S. government orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, that the U.K Government murdered Diana, Princess of Wales, or that the pharmaceutical industry deliberately conceals the harmful side-effects of vaccines to ensure that they are able to make a profit.

Beliefs in these type of conspiracy theories are blooming in the 21st century; millions of people subscribe to them.  A basic understanding of logic, rationality, and probability tell us, however, that most of these conspiracy claims are probably false. So why then do so many people believe them? What makes them so attractive and compelling to certain people? And, anyway, what’s the problem, aren’t they just harmless fun?

Until recently, psychologists have not explored these questions in great depth but today the psychology of conspiracy theories is flourishing.   In this talk, Daniel will provide a brief overview of what we have learned so far about why people subscribe to conspiracy theories, before uncovering some of the potentially damaging consequences of conspiracy theories; maybe they are not just harmless after all.  

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Daniel Jolley is a Lecturer in Psychology at Staffordshire University.  He is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society, where he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Social Psychology Section and a Committee Member of the Research Board.   

Daniel’s main area of research is the psychology of conspiracy theories. He is particularly interested in using experimental methods to examine the social consequences of exposure to conspiracy theories and has co-authored articles in outlets such as PLoSONE, the British Journal of Psychology and Political Psychology.  

Daniel blogs at conspiracypsychology.com and tweets @DrDanielJolley 

 

John Cossham

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

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

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Who?
John Cossham

What's the talk about?

John Cossham FRSA is a campaigner, sustainability activist and entertainer who co-founded Frack-Free York in 2011.

He won the Oxfam Carbon Footprint competition in 2008 with the lowest in the UK, and is passionate about compost, polyamory, bicycles and Near Term Human Extinction.

His talk covers unconventional gas extraction and climate change, and promises to be both interesting and entertaining.