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Denis McEoin

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

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

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

Who?
Denis McEoin

What's the talk about?

Denis McEoin states:

"The talk will argue that scientific evidence for homeopathy is at an increasingly high level, with more than one Nobel Prize-winning scientist researching and confirming its usefulness and scientific basis.

This will be in a context that argues for the existence of bias and prejudice in many parts of the scientific and medical establishments. He will approach this as a pro-science rationalist and will draw in part on his own extensive academic experience studying religious fundamentalism.

Denis comes from a long career in scepticism, but one in which he is not merely sceptical about religious and supernatural claims, but also sceptical of the actual practice of science (something well demonstrated by Kuhn’s theory of paradigm shifts, in which established scientists reject new ideas that do not conform to their own understanding).

Denis will also refer to Harry Collins’s direct observations of the problem of replication in science, as set out in his classic text, Changing Order".

 
Denis was born in Belfast in 1949. MA in English, Trinity College, Dublin (1971); MA (1st class) in Persian, Arabic and Islamic History, Edinburgh University (1975); PhD in Persian Studies, Cambridge, King’s College (1979).
 
He taught Arabic-English translation at Mohammed V University, Fez, Morocco. Taught Arabic and Islamic Studies, Newcastle University; Hon orally Fellow, Centre for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Durham University; editor of the Middle East Quarterly (Philadelphia); Distinguished Senior Fellow, the Gatestone Institute, New York; council member of Scholars for Peace in there Middle East; member of Middle East Study Group, Hull University.
 
Denis is an author of 40 books and hundreds of articles. I won’t bore you with my interests in music, literature, or film. He was at one point Chairman of the UK Natural Medicines Society. He is married to a homeopath.

Graham Smith

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

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

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

Who?
Graham Smith

What's the talk about?

Many myths and legends are generated by newspapers, news magazines, TV News and the all-pervading Internet.

How can newspapers be read in such a way that the myths and legends can be by-passed and using critical thinking, the message closer to the truth be found?

Dr Graham Smith is Co-organiser York Skeptics and Head of Wildlife Epidemiology and Modelling at the Animal and Plant Health Agency.  He has spent over 20 years working in scientific research for the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs collecting, analysing and interpreting data on wildlife problems

 

Ash Pryce

When?
Friday, December 2 2016 at 7:30PM

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

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

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the traveling caravan, as Snake Oil Salesman Ash Pryce demonstrates the miraculous curative abilities of psychic surgery, taught to your humble trickster by a wise man in the Philippines (or a magicians tool book, whichever sounds more wondrous).   See with amazement the telekinetic forces at work as you learn how to move objects with your mind, psychically manipulate your finest silverware and read the minds of your peers.  Or maybe, it’s all just a trick?


Whereas the sister show here last year, "How to Talk to the Dead" looked specifically at spirit communication in the past, "How to be a Psychic Conman" will look at the more incredible, magical side of psychic claims that persist today.   The types of demonstrations that blur the line between the honest deception of magic, and the dishonesty of those hoping to make a quick buck out of your deep rooted beliefs and sometimes your grief.

The show will involve demonstrations and explanations of telekinesis tricks, metal bending, psychic surgery and remote viewing as well as look at government funded research into psychic phenomena, and the shoddy protocols that allowed “psychics” to beat the legendary Zener card experiments in the 1930s.

And if that wasn’t enough, interspersed throughout the show will be numerous on stage demonstrations of mentalism to add an extra layer of entertainment to the proceedings.  

Warning to those on the front row… there will be blood!


"Ash Pryce is a naturally funny guy and won't allow his audience to be bored" 
"Very entertaining" - edfringereview

"Go see" - Edinburgh Skeptics


About Ash

Ash Pryce is a performer, director and occasional magician based in Scotland.  
He has written and staged several skeptically themed shows looking at myths & legends, ghosts, psychics and mediumship as well as producing full plays ranging from Faustus to more contemporary original shows in Edinburgh.
  
He is the founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, the newly started History-in-the-Pub Edinburgh, and runs what is believed to be the worlds first skeptical ghost tour every Fringe.  He lives just outside of Edinburgh with his three Degus, one of which holds a grudge against him.

Dr Joanna Large

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

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Middlesbrough
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Who?
Dr Joanna Large

What's the talk about?

Teesside University’s Dr Joanna Large explores the consumption of counterfeit fashion within the wider context of the fashion industry and contemporary society. This talk focuses on how fashion consumers interpret and negotiate concerns about issues of harm, crime and victimisation.

Dr Jo Large is a senior lecturer in criminology & sociology at Teesside University. Jo is especially interested in the notion of social harm and how criminologists should think about harmful activities beyond those which are necessarily criminal. Jo’s work so far focuses on the counterfeit fashion industry and the growth of forms of so called ‘ethical’ tourism. Jo is also part of a wider team at Teesside who are working on a large scale investigation of the financing of counterfeiting and its relationship with transnational organised crime.

How To Market Yourself On Online Dating Sites

David Frank

When?
Thursday, October 6 2016 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Who?
David Frank

What's the talk about?

 Have you ever used an online dating site or app of any kind ever before? Including Tinder?

 
Marketer & former radio show host David Frank will be talking about all things online dating, sex & porn. We could all use some tips on how to market ourselves, whether looking for love online, or trying to make the best impression in any situation.
 
There's a marketer’s insight into porn for women, the formulas romance novels use for their plots & covers, and we'll look at the statistics behind the UK's porn viewing.
 
This talk will prove you're attractive to a great many people, and we'll use science to prove it! There’ll be singing, an acted romance scene, & a very interesting Q&A afterwards.  

 

​​Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, David is a marketer, writer and public speaker who has also lived in Japan and Vietnam. He is currently based in Scotland where he is studying a Masters of Science in Marketing at Edinburgh Napier University, and is an Edinburgh Skeptics committee member. You can read more about him at his website http://davidfrank.com.au
 
Parking is available on the street in Bedford Street but if there are no gaps there are many more in Baker St next along.  Food is available at O'Connells Pub until around 6.30pm but there are other restaurants on Bedford Street. Entrance is free at the door but kind donations are gleefully accepted in order to pay speakers' expenses.

Tom Dugmore

When?
Thursday, September 1 2016 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
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Who?
Tom Dugmore

What's the talk about?

For decades crude oil has been the feedstock source of choice for our society.

Many things from fuels, plastics, cosmetics and clothing fabrics can all be derived at some point from crude oil.  However with dwindling reserves, political insecurity in oil-producing regions and increasing concern over the environmental impact of crude oil utilisation an alternative, more sustainable feedstock is clearly needed.

This talk will explore the difference between "renewable" and "sustainable" and look to the use of our waste products from food processing to provide an alternative source for our fuels and beyond.

Dr Tom Dugmore is a Training, Education & Networks Associate at the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence  at the University of York.

Dr Dugmore carried out his MChem in Chemistry, Resources and the Environment at the University of York, graduating in 2006.

 

 

Various

When?
Thursday, August 4 2016 at 7:30PM

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

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

Who?
Various

What's the talk about?

We have a full set of speakers for our Open Mic night on Thursday with one in reserve for mishaps, thanks Sam Hogarth.


They are as follows:

Reece Hanrahan (Must speak first, double-booked)
Chris Diboll
Sue Whitmore
Thez Alan
Adam Baker
Ian Glendinning

They will each speak for 10 minutes on any subject of their choice followed by a 5-minute question & answer session.

If there is time we can finish on general rant session with 2-minute rants followed by 1 minute Q & A. Always good fun.

Michael Marshall

When?
Thursday, July 7 2016 at 7:30PM

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

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

Who?
Michael Marshall

What's the talk about?

Homeopathy is one of the most widely debunked form of alternative medicine – yet homeopathic remedies adorn the shelves of respected pharmacies and are funded by taxpayers on the NHS. How big of a problem is this? Using information and personal experiences gathered during his last 6 years of campaigning against homeopathy, Michael Marshall will highlight how much money is spent on homeopathic remedies, how this gives undeserved credibility to homeopathy, how such remedies can lead to genuine harm and what you can do to help.

Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society and the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work has seen him organising international homeopathy protests and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.

This is a free event, although donations to help fund Teesside Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford.   O'Connells is 5 minutes walk from the Bus station and 10 minutes from the Railway station.  There is parking in the street outside the pub and when that is full there is more in the next street.

Margaret Corvid

When?
Thursday, June 2 2016 at 7:30PM

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

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

Who?
Margaret Corvid

What's the talk about?

Margaret Corvid will give you an introduction to BDSM and how the culture and community works in the UK.  She will cover the various different kinds of kink - from foot fetish to whips - BDSM relationships, negotiation and consent, as well as BDSM and the law.  She'll also debunk lots of myths about BDSM that have populated our culture since "50 Shades of Grey", as well as the recent porn panic laws.  She will explain what it's like to be, or to visit, a professional Dominatrix.


Margaret Corvid is a professional Domme and blogger of the New Statesman writing the column "Power Trip" which covers kink and sex work from both a personal and professional perspective.


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Teesside Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford.   O'Connells is 5 minutes walk from the Bus station and 10 minutes from the Railway station.  There is parking outside the pub and when that is full there is more in the next street.

*Note: This talk covers themes of an adult nature. Under-18s are not permitted. ID may be requested by staff.

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Apologies for this change to our schedule. 

We are instead going to go for our first Open Mike night of the year in August and the information below is for the August Open Mic night.

We have time for 6 times 10-minute slots for anybody to fill, talking about any subject they feel needs airing. Each slot is followed by 5 minutes question and answer session.

Please send your requests for a slot to me privately or to the Facebook Group.  Not many slots left. If you intend to use slides then please send them to tpwaites@iee.org at the latest 3 days before the night.

Brian Eggo

When?
Thursday, June 2 2016 at 7:30PM

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

Who?
Brian Eggo

What's the talk about?

 Brian is going to do some fun stuff with the Psychic Con Artists.

Brian  runs the Glasgow Skeptics.  More details later.

Kay Price

When?
Thursday, May 5 2016 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Middlesbrough
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Who?
Kay Price

What's the talk about?

How common is domestic violence in UK these days?  Why does it still continue?  What services are available for victims and how are they funded?  What protection from their violent partners can victims expect?  How often does the violence result in severe injury or even death?

Our speaker has worked extensively for many years in and around Scunthorpe in support of victims and shelters.  She will talk about the real extent of the problem and the underlying reasons for its persistance.

 

Jonathon McLatchie

When?
Thursday, April 7 2016 at 7:30PM

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29-41 Bedford Street,
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Middlesbrough
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Who?
Jonathon McLatchie

What's the talk about?

Introduction:

There are various sources for a description of the idea of
"Intelligent Design".  A good place for Skeptics to start their
research in this area is Wikipedia in that the description there
has a very thorough list of references both to support and rebut
the hypothesis.  For research into Intelligent Design by its
proponents another site to look at would be the Discovery Institute.

Description, Jon McLatchie states:

"There are few topics as contentious and divisive as the question of our origins: Are we the result of the blind and purposeless outworking  of nature, or are we here as the result of the purposeful intent of an intelligent agent? Most people have heard about the approach taken to biological origins known as Intelligent Design.

But with conflicting messages and frequently false representations by the media, people are often left unsure what to think. In this presentation, doctoral student Jonathan McLatchie seeks to clarify and illuminate the key bones of contention that are live in the debate, dispel popular misconceptions about the theory, and answer the most frequent objections. Whatever your current opinion on this topic, this promises to be a challenging and stimulating presentation".


The Speaker:

Jonathan McLatchie is a Christian writer, speaker and debater. He holds a Bachelor’s degree (with Honors) in Forensic Biology, a Masters (M.Res) degree in Evolutionary Biology, and a second Master's degree in Medical and Molecular Bioscience. Currently, Jonathan is a PhD student in cell biology. He is a proponent of the scientific theory of intelligent design (ID), about which he has written extensively on Evolution News & Views, and is also involved with the Centre for Intelligent Design UK.

Between 2012 and 2013, he served as an employee Discovery Institute Center for Science & Culture in Seattle, Washington. In addition, Jonathan is also a contributor to various apologetics websites, including CrossExamined.org and the Christian Apologetics Alliance.
 
Jonathan has also been interviewed on podcasts and radio shows including "Unbelievable?" on Premier Christian Radio, "Apologetics315","Theology Matters with the Pellews", the "Solid Reasons Morning Show", "Dogma Debate", and Spice FM's Islamic "Eye on the East" program (airing in Tyneside, England). He has also been a featured guest multiple times on ABN’s Trinity channel.

Jonathan has participated in several radio debates with both atheists and Muslims, and has also engaged in public formal debates. As a Christian, a scientist, and an apologist, he strongly believes that beliefs ought to be defensible by rational argument, and that all ideas, without exception, should be placed on the intellectual chopping block for examination and scrutiny.

We start at 7.30pm with news and notices.  Food is served in O'Connells Pub until 6.30pm. There is ample parking outside the pub and we are 5 minutes walk from the bus station, 10 minutes from the Railway Station.  There is a break after the talk followed by a Q & A session.  Entrance is free but donations on the night to help pay for the speakers expenses would be much appreciated.