Endless Forms: The secret world of wasps – Seirian Sumner
This event will be online, on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel.
There’s a lot more to wasps than your stripy picnic friend: wasps matter to you and the world. There are five times more species of wasps than bees; there are wasps that have sex inside plants; there are wasps that turn cockroaches into zombies. Wasps taught us how to make paper; wasps are architects, guardians of microorganisms, invaders, pollinators, seed dispersers and predators. They are nature’s pest-controllers; their endless forms are windows into evolution’s most remarkable inventions; they are pharmacists; they might even hold a cure for cancer. I guarantee that a journey into the secret world of wasps will blow your mind.
TW: Due to recent events, Claire will also be speaking about the various types of hate we, as skeptics, face, including threats of bodily harm and death threats.
Claire is the president of the European Council of Skeptical Organisations. She has been involved in the skeptic movement since 2013 as co-organizer of the Czech Paranormal Challenge. Since then, she has consulted on various projects where woo & belief meets science. Claire has spoken at multiple science&skepticism conferences and events. She also organized the European Skeptics Congress 2017 and three years of the Czech March for Science. Her current activities include
- Running the “Don’t Let Yourself Be Fooled” project (which provides free critical thinking seminars to interested high schools),
- Contributing to the news site of the Czech Religious Studies journal Dingir
- Giving & organizing talks
- Freelance writing
Claire visits various religious, esoteric, and alternative movements in her free time to better understand what draws people to certain beliefs.
This event is being run by Skeptics in the Pub Online, a coalition of UK-based Skeptics groups. Formed as the Covid-19 epidemic brought our country to a standstill, we are working to deliver high quality online events focussing on science, reason, and critical thinking.