Video of Clare Allely’s TEDx Talk

Originally posted on 21 January 2017

Clare Allely, who gave our November talk on the psychology of serial killings has given a TEDx talk on the same theme, so if you missed it, or you saw it and want a refresher, you can watch the video here:

David Icke in Manchester Review: There is No Spoon!

Originally posted on 16 January 2017

When the lizard conspiracy let its guard down and allowed David Icke to come and give a talk in Manchester, GMSS member and soapbox speaker Claire went along with a notebook. And sandwiches, because he does tend to go on a bit…

Chrsitmas Quiz: the Answers

Originally posted on 21 December 2016

Here are the answers to this year’s Christmas quiz.

Round 1

  1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  2. Thrones
  3. Battlestar Galactica (2003)
  4. Star Trek: Deep Space 9
  5. Star Wars (Episode 4: A New Hope)

Round 2

  1. Luke Skywalker
  2. Cercei Lannister
  3. Rick Deckard
  4. Dave Lister
  5. Jean-Luc Picard
  6. Sarah Connor

Round 3

  1. Christian Doppler
  2. Jupiter
  3. Insulin or glucagon
  4. Ag
  5. 8 minutes
  6. 60,000

Round 4

  1. Simon Singh
  2. Richard Wiseman
  3. David Aaronovitch
  4. James Randi
  5. Penn Jillette
  6. Susan Blackmore

Round 5

  1. “Every carbon atom in every living thing on the planet was produced in the heart of a dying star.” – Brian Cox
  2. “For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.” – Carl Sagan
  3. “An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.” – Charles Darwin
  4. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” – Albert Einstein
  5. “We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can’t disprove Thor, fairies, leprechauns and the Flying Spaghetti Monster” – Richard Dawkins

In Case You Missed It: the Christmas Quiz

Originally posted on 17 December 2016

For our December social, Andy wrote us a quiz. If you weren’t there, here is the quiz. I’ll post again with the answers in a few days.

For round one, identify the sci-fi/fantasy TV series or movie from its first line:

  1. “The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air.”
  2. “What do you expect? They’re savages. One lot steals a goat from another lot, before you know it they’re ripping each other to pieces.”
  3. “Are you alive?”
  4. “Resistance is futile. You will disarm your weapons, and escort us to Sector 001. If you attempt to intervene, we will destroy you”
  5. “Did you hear that? They shut down the main reactor. We’ll be destroyed for sure. This is madness”

For round two, solve these anagrams of sci-fi/fantasy characters:

  1. Sulky Wreak Elk
  2. Linear Secret Sin
  3. Red Crack Kid
  4. Devil Tears
  5. Jail Cup Dancer
  6. Arson Anchor

Round three is some more traditional science questions:

  1. What physicist discovered that a wave’s frequency changes when the source and the observer are in motion relative to one another?
  2. Which planet in the solar system has the most moons?
  3. Name one hormone that the pancreas produces.
  4. What is the chemical symbol for silver?
  5. How long does it take for light to travel from the Sun’s surface to the Earth?
  6. Roughly, how many miles of blood vessels are in the average human body?

For round four, name the authors of these books:

  1. Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine
  2. Paranormality: Why We See What Isn’t There
  3. Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History
  4. Flim – Flam!
  5. God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
  6. Beyond the Body: An Investigation of Out-of-the-Body Experiences

And lastly, repair the following nonsense quotes by replacing the phrase “Christmas pudding” with the original word(s):

  1. “Every carbon atom in every living thing on the planet was produced in the heart of a Christmas pudding.” – Brian Cox
  2. “For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through Christmas pudding.” – Carl Sagan
  3. “An American monkey, after getting drunk on Christmas Pudding, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.” – Charles Darwin
  4. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but Christmas pudding.” – Albert Einstein
  5. “We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can’t disprove Thor, fairies, leprechauns and the Christmas pudding” – Richard Dawkins

Manchester Science Festival 2016

Originally posted on 23 October 2016

Once again, the Manchester Science Festival is on. Here are some of the events you might want to attend:

Geoff in VR

Check out the full listing for more events that aren’t all in the past already.

Soapbox write-up and video

Originally posted on 14 September 2016

Your Vote Counts: The Skeptic Magazine Ockham Awards 2016

Originally posted on 8 August 2016

These awards are [The Skeptic’s] way of highlighting the great work done by activists from our community, and the ceremony is hosted by the UK’s annual convention in Manchester, QED, by Professor Richard Wiseman.

QED 2016: With Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Susan Blackmore, Cara Santa Maria, Alexis Conran and more

Originally posted on 8 June 2016

Tickets to QED 2016 are currently on sale! To get your ticket to Europe’s largest weekend celebration of science and reason, visit qedcon.org/tickets.

We’re pleased to announce that for our sixth consecutive year we’ve been able to keep the cost of attendance low, with tickets costing £99 for the full weekend (£69 for students and under 18s).

As usual, every single ticket entitles the holder to entry the full programmes for Saturday 15th October and Sunday 16th October, including our popular Saturday night entertainment.

Joining over 600 attendees at QED 2016 for your entertainment and enlightenment will be:

If you’re still hungry for more of the QED experience, or if you’re not able to make it to the full weekend, Friday 14th October will be a free full-day event, open to all. Further details of this, and other additions to the QED programme, will be announced in due course.

So, don’t delay – grab your QED ticket today and we’ll see you in October!

The QED team

Pint of Science 2016

Originally posted on 13 May 2016

Tickets for QED 2016 are now on sale

Originally posted on 3 May 2016