Unfortunately, due to illness, our July speaker can’t make it. It’s obviously too short notice to find a replacement, but that seems like a poor excuse not to go to the pub, so we’re going to meet downstairs for a social instead. Our regular social is also still going ahead (despite how inaccurate this development makes its blurb).
The original July talk on disgust has been rearranged to fill our December slot.
Long-time members should know the drill by now, but at Manchester Skeptics we have accidentally created a tradition of turning the August speaker slot over to our members. We have (about) four short talks rather than one long one, on all different topics.
This is, of course, where you come in: if you’re free on 24 August and you have a skeptical topic you’re passionate about, or just cross and knowledgeable, then get in touch.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, comment here, tweet us, or post on Facebook. Make sure you include your name and a short description of the talk. And please do pester if you don’t get a reply; we probably just missed a notification.
You’re free to use slides or not, bring a laptop or just a pendrive — one year we had a poet — but we do ask that you keep to time (probably about 15 minutes depending how many speakers we end up with) and if you do use tech, make sure you’re prepared for the chance it will go wrong in some imaginative way.
At our Towel Day quiz last night, we passed around the pint pot for donations. We normally don’t at socials as it doesn’t cost us anything to run them. This time we’d shelled out for prizes and a professional quiz, so we thought we’d make an exception.
And then instead of that, we collected for the families of the victims of this week’s terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena.
Members of the University of Manchester Rock Metal & Alternative Society and the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society donated £74.61 to the Manchester Evening News’ fund which will be administered by the British Red Cross to support the families.
Pint of Science is a three-day series of science talks around Manchester. I’ve seen and spoken at them in the past and they’ve always been excellent. Several of them are already sold out and the Wednesday talks clash with our next speaker event, but if you want to attend the others then visit their website.
QED is the two-day skeptical conference run by Greater Manchester and Merseyside’s respective Skeptics Societies, and regularly sees hundreds of attendees gather to watch fascinating talks, have engaging discussions, and drink enough alcohol to reliably surprise the hotel bar management.
You can get your ticket from the QED website. The aim of QED isn’t to make money, so tickets are just £109 (or £75 for students and the under-18s). That said, if you’re local and can’t spare the ticket price, the Friday’s entertainments will be entirely free (save for the bar tariffs, of course).
We have some venue changes on the go at the moment. (more…)
Unfortunately, due to both venue and speaker availability, we haven’t been able to put together a speaker event this month. We didn’t think it was fair to throw together a last-minute event at an unfamiliar venue and promote it at short notice, so our next speaker event will be on Wednesday 17 May, at the King’s Arms — we have Jenny Cole talking about whether gossip is as bad conventional wisdom would have us believe.
Our social will be going ahead though, expect an announcement on that front soon.
Long-standing members will be familiar with QED as it’s been held Manchester every year since 2011 (although in that time it has drifted from February to October, like Ramadan but with significantly more beer). It’s a joint venture between GMSS and Merseyside Skeptics Society, and prices are kept as low as possible with any inadvertent profit being reinvested or donated to charity.
By tradition, the day or two before QED are filled with free mixers and satellite events but there’s no word yet on what is happening this year. Watch this space, or perhaps better still, this one.
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: