Terence Waites

Thursday, March 7 2019 at 7:30PM

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Terence Waites

What's the talk about?

If like many, you found mathematics at school difficult, too abstract, boring and irrelevant then the idea of pouring over datasets to ensure their validity, veracity and accuracy can seem like a pastime for nerds that it is best not to be involved with.

So if we have no time or inclination for personal scrutiny of the numbers being flashed on the screen or reported on in newspapers then how can we decide how much credence should be given to them?  How are these numbers arrived at?  Why were previous numbers on the same subject wrong?  Who discovered they were wrong and how?  Were the reports of the original numbers being wrong given the same headlines, distribution and attention as the original skewed numbers?

This will be an expansion of the 10-minute presentation given last year by Terry Waites at the Open Mic night and will give a little insight into where giving trust to sources and believing the data used as support is not always straight-forward.

Back to the usual format of 45 minute talk followed by Q&A for this meeting.

Terry Waites is co-ordinator for and joint founder of Teesside Skeptics-in-the-Pub and helps run Teesside Humanists.  He has a background in the military and with Telecommunications Engineering with a BSc in Computational Mathematics and MSc in The Design of Information Systems.  Still spending much time ridding his mind of long-believed myths and misinformation.