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  1. Inside the White Rose: an anti-vaxx, Covid conspiracy theory ecosystem – Michael Marshall

    While most people accepted the realities of the new coronavirus, little white stickers began to appear in public around the world claiming it was a hoax. It was co-ordinated grassroots campaign by a group calling itself The White Rose, urging members of the public to join their encrypted messaging channels. So that’s what Michael Marshall did. After months undercover, he has reported on the various conspiracy theories, and how groups radicalise vaccine hesitant people.

    This event will be online, on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel.

    7:00PM Thursday 9 December 2021 Twitch
  2. Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut – Professor Marcus du Sautoy

    You have a choice. There’s the long way: boring, repetitive, hard work. Or the shortcut: a cunning, less intuitive path to your goal. Shortcuts have enabled so much of human progress, whether in constructing the first cities around the Euphrates 5,000 years ago, using calculus to determine the scale of the universe or in writing today’s algorithms that help us find a new life partner.

    This event will be online, on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel.

    7:00PM Thursday 25 November 2021 Twitch
  3. Annual General Meeting (2021)

    As our annual general meeting is long overdue and we're starting to think about organising talks next year, we're scheduling a meeting to discuss this and any other concerns people have.

    7:00PM Wednesday 17 November 2021 The Old Monkey
  4. The woos and woes of Wikipedia: An opportunity for skeptical activism or a conspiratory club? – Annika Harrison

    Is Wikipedia a worldwide network with secret members, seeking to influence humankind? Or is it a web forum, where one can publish their opinion? How does Wikipedia work? And how can you make a difference? Even among skeptics Wikipedia is still looked at with scrutiny. Is it reliable? Are there mechanisms and processes to make Wikipedia more valid and protected?

    This event will be online, on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel.

    7:00PM Thursday 11 November 2021 Twitch
  5. Star Wars and Critical Thinking, or, Why Must Luke Skywalker Turn off His Targeting Computer to Destroy the Death Star? – Professor Cyrus Patell

    Why must Luke Skywalker turn off his targeting computer at the climactic moment of Star Wars? Despite starting a revolution in cinematic special-effects, the film shows a deeply rooted anxiety about the right uses of technology. So what can Star Wars teach up about Luddism?

    This event will be online, on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel.

    7:00PM Thursday 28 October 2021 Twitch
  6. The Art of More: How Mathematics Created Civilisation – Michael Brooks

    Many people experience a tangible fear when facing anything to do with numbers. The root of the problem lies in the fact that no one is ever taught what maths actually is. Once we understand mathematics – the art of more — we can begin to see mathematics as more than just a maze of numbers: we see it as the pinnacle of human achievement.

    This event will be online, on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel.

    7:00PM Thursday 14 October 2021 Twitch
  7. The Storm Is Upon Us: How QAnon Became a Movement, Cult, and Conspiracy Theory of Everything – Mike Rothschild

    Through interviews with QAnon converts, apostates, and victims, as well as psychologists, sociologists, and academics, Mike Rothschild is uniquely equipped to explain the movement and its followers. In The Storm Is Upon Us, he takes readers from the background conspiracies and cults that fed the Q phenomenon, to the storming of the Capitol, and on.

    This event will be online, on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel.

    7:00PM Thursday 30 September 2021 Twitch
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