Listing of events tagged with Speaker

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. How to become an online conspiracy agony aunt: reporting on the disinformation front-line – Marianna Spring

    The BBC’s first-ever specialist disinformation and social media reporter, Marianna Spring, has spent the past year down the online conspiracy rabbit hole, investigating the real-world impact of disinformation being shared on social media. What’s it like speaking to the victims and leaders of these online conspiracy networks – and what’s the best approach?

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

    7:00PM Thursday 29 April 2021 Twitch
  8. Communicating statistics to the media: highs and lows during the pandemic (so far) – Professor David Speigelhalter

    The current pandemic is notable for the vast traffic in official and unofficial information and claims. David will offer some personal insights into the challenges of trying to bring some illumination to the statistics about the pandemic, illustrated with some examples of things that have gone fairly well, and communication disasters.

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

    7:00PM Thursday 22 April 2021 Twitch
  9. How to make an apple pie from scratch – Dr Harry Cliff

    Carl Sagan said “if you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe”. Particle physicist Harry Cliff has spent the last two years attempting to write the ultimate apple pie recipe. How far back can we ultimately go in understanding the very first moments of our universe? Harry will (attempt to) explain.

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

    7:00PM Thursday 15 April 2021 Twitch
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