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  1. Resisting the Knowledge Dementors: The Truth about “Post-Truth” – Professor Stephan Lewandowsky

    To defend evidence-based reasoning and knowledge in a “post-truth” era, we must understand the strategies by which the post-truth world is driven forward. Did the post-truth era arise spontaneously, or is the result of a highly effective political movement? This talk will focus on three strategies and present evidence for their existence and impact, and how it might be countered.

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

    7:00PM Thursday 8 July 2021 Twitch
  2. Why patients want bad medicines – Dr Micheal De Barra

    For most of history, a patient meeting a doctor was probably harmed rather than helped. We'll look at biological and psychological factors that let medical treatments persist for centuries with no beneficial effects, and if the benefits of treatments might lie not in what they do to your body, but in what they communicate to others about your need for care.

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

    7:00PM Thursday 17 June 2021 Twitch
  3. How the Evolutionary Psychologist Got His Hypothesis (And Other Just So Stories): Sense and Nonsense in Evolutionary Psychology – Dr Lindsey Osterman

    While evolution is accepted by skeptics, evolutionary psychology is far less so. Lindsey explores some of the good scientific work in this area, as well as common misconceptions about — and misuses of — the evolutionary framework as applied to human psychology.

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

    7:00PM Thursday 10 June 2021 Twitch
  4. Life lessons from laughing babies and murderous philosophers – Dr Caspar Addyman

    What is the meaning of life? Dr Caspar Addyman once wrote to every philosopher in the UK to ask them. Their answers were meagre and dispiriting. One even included a death threat. Since then, he’s moved on to study why babies have such a great time being babies. The secret of babies happiness fits in nicely with the very best answers to the meaning of life.

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

    7:00PM Thursday 3 June 2021 Twitch
  5. The Truth About The Satanic Panic… and how it could happen again – Professor Chris French

    Back in the 1980s, many people came to believe in an international network of powerful individuals who regularly engaged in rituals involving Satan worship, human and animal sacrifice, group sex, paedophilia, forced abortions, cannibalism, and so on. This talk will discuss some of the lessons that we should learn from the Satanic Panic – and the very real possibility that it could happen again.

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

    7:00PM Thursday 27 May 2021 Twitch
  6. When It is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do To Prevent It – Prof Rory O’Connor

    Based on his new book, Professor Rory O’Connor will try to dispel myths around suicide and to describe the complex set of factors that can lead to it, drawing from the Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model of Suicide. The talk will also include an overview of what we can do to support those who are vulnerable.

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

    7:00PM Thursday 20 May 2021 Twitch
  7. The End of Policing: an introduction to the concepts of police defunding and police abolition – Alex Vitale

    This summer’s protests over the police killings of George Floyd and other African American citizens have refocused the nation’s attention on the problem of abusive policing and its connection to larger issues of racial justice. The protesters’ demands raise a question: Can the police be reformed?

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

    7:00PM Thursday 6 May 2021 Twitch
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