Welcome to Cardiff Skeptics!
Skeptics in the Pub is an informal, relaxed lecture series based around critical thinking. It was founded in London by Dr Scott Campbell in 1999, as way for rationalists to get together and hear about the bizarre and extraordinary claims and a way of looking at them scientifically.
It's now spread all over England and Scotland, and is growing worldwide. Cardiff Skeptics was founded by Dean Burnett and Alice Sheppard in September 2010, and was the first Skeptics in the Pub in Wales.
In February 2012, the running of Cardiff Skeptics was assumed by John Stabler, with help from Trevor J Williams and Rhys Morgan.
We meet on the third Monday of every month. We have a guest speaker, questions, and a relaxing evening with food, drink and socialising!
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Tuesday, June 16 2015 at 8:00PM
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Urban Tap House
Urban Tap House,
25 Westgate Street,
Dr Dean Burnett
What's the talk about?
Dr Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist, psychiatry lecturer at Cardiff University, writer for The Guardian and sometimes comedian, is fed up with the reverence the brain receives.
Many people talk about the breathtaking complexity, mystery and sophistication of the human brain, but this often overlooks one important fact; the human brain regularly does things inefficiently, bizarrely or just plain wrong.
How come alcohol can actually help us remember things? Why does anger make us optimistic? Why does the brain make eating so complicated? Why is anecdotal evidence so persuasive? What is it that makes conspiracy theories so compelling? This and more is covered in a light-hearted, if sometimes worrying, look at the more ridiculous properties of the brain.
This talk is derived from Dean's upcoming book The Idiot Brain.