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Michael Marshall

When?
Tuesday, November 17 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Cathays Terrace
Cardiff
CF24 4HZ

Who?
Michael Marshall

What's the talk about?

It’s easy to think of pseudoscience existing in a glass case at a museum – something to be examined and critiqued from a safe distance, but not something to touch and to play with. Using examples taken from his own personal experiences in skepticism, Michael Marshall will show what happens when you begin to crack the surface of the pseudosciences that surround us – revealing the surprising, sometimes-shocking and often-comic adventures that lie beneath.

Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society and the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work has seen him organising international homeopathy protests and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.

Stevyn Colgan

When?
Tuesday, August 18 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Cathays Terrace
Cardiff
CF24 4HZ

Who?
Stevyn Colgan

What's the talk about?

 Skepticism and critical thinking isn’t just about UFOs, bad pharma and Creationism.

After leaving school Stevyn gained places at both art and catering colleges, but turned them down and instead accepted a drunken £50 bet with his homicide detective father that he could survive six months as a police officer. He consequently joined the Metropolitan Police Service in London and ended up staying for 30 years.

During his service he found himself frequently challenging the traditional or ‘accepted’ ways of doing things; critical thinking and his own natural skepticism made him to explore different way of doing things, often in innovative and unusual ways. These included using wizards to tackle street gambling, lollipops to stop anti‐social behavior and dog shows to prevent homicides. Ultimately, he was asked by Scotland Yard and the Home Office to be part of an experimental unit to explore some of these new ideas, many of which have now found their way into everyday policing across the UK.

The Skeptical Bobby is all about grass‐roots skepticism and why we should be critical thinkers in every aspect of our lives.

‘Superb talk at QEDCon by Stevyn Colgan. Intelligent and humane.’ – Professor Richard Dawkins

‘Stevyn Colgan was fantastic! Beautiful and inspiring talk’ ‐ The British Humanist Association

Dr Dean Burnett

When?
Tuesday, June 16 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

Cathays Terrace
Cardiff
CF24 4HZ

Who?
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.

An evening of magic, comedy and skepticism

Ash Pryce

When?
Monday, May 18 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Cathays Terrace
Cardiff
CF24 4HZ

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Cardiff Skeptics are proud to announce the return of Ash Pryce and his How to Talk to the Dead show. 

Free Entry (although we will be seeking donations on the night)

The Abuses of Psychotherapy

Phil Dore

When?
Monday, September 15 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Porter's Cardiff
Harlech Court
Bute Terrace
Cardiff
CF10 2FE

Who?
Phil Dore

What's the talk about?

Counselling and psychotherapy are almost completely unregulated in the UK. This lack of regulation has led to shocking cases of abuse, where unscrupulous therapists have been able to exploit vulnerable people and keep practicing.

Phil Dore is a mental health nurse and author of the Not So Big Society blog at http://notsobigsociety.wordpress.com which whistle-blows abuse in the psychotherapy industry.

Warning: this talk will include discussions on the topic of sexual abuse.

£3 per person.

John Stabler

When?
Monday, August 18 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Porter's Cardiff
Harlech Court
Bute Terrace
Cardiff
CF10 2FE

Who?
John Stabler

What's the talk about?

In 1976 an arcade game called Death Race allowed players to run down pixelated black and white "gremlins" that were labelled as pedestrians. It was heavily criticised in the media and the modern campaign against violent video games was born.

Technology and computer graphics evolved to allow violence to be depicted in even more gratuitous and realistic ways. Once video gameds went mainstream they were increasingly linked to acts of teen violence.

This talk presents a timeline of violent video games: showing the games themselves, the advances in technology that enabled them, what outraged the media, the campaigns and court-cases that resulted and some of the scientific studies that have been used in the ensuing arguments.

WARNING: This talk will feature videos showing media and video game violence (including physical & sexual violence and gore) which is not suitable for under 18s or people who are sensitive to such material.

John Stabler is a gamer, developer, podcaster and skeptic who has previously presented a talk at Cardiff Skeptics about video gaming addiction.

 

£3 entry fee on the door.

When?
Monday, March 17 2014 at 7:00PM

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Where?

Porter's Cardiff
Harlech Court
Bute Terrace
Cardiff
CF10 2FE

Who?
Rob Griffiths

What's the talk about?

Rob Griffiths, author of the book Slaying the Dragon, will be joining us to discuss his motivations for writing the book, giving us an outline of the key questions it seeks to address and providing us with an overview of the book with readings.

 

Dean Burnett

When?
Monday, November 18 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

33 Windsor place
Cardiff
CF10 3BZ

Who?
Dean Burnett

What's the talk about?

Dean Burnett, neuroscientist, psychiatry lecturer, comedian, Guardian blogger and original founder of Cardiff SITP returns to his former stomping ground to summarise what he's learned after a year of trying to promote science and scepticism through humour via one of the world's most popular news sites. Conspiracy theorists! Homeopaths! Fundamentalist Christians! Daily Mail journalists! Yoghurt sellers! All are welcome.

Tracy King

When?
Monday, October 21 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

CMC Sports & Social Club
University Hospital of Wales
Heath Park
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF14 4XW

Who?
Tracy King

What's the talk about?

This event will be held at the Sports and Social Club at the University Hospital of Wales.

Tracy King is a producer, writer and marketing consultant. Her projects include the YouTube hits The Colour-Changing Card Trick, and Tim Minchin's Storm.
 
In this talk, Tracy reveals the secrets of making science and skepticism viral, and tells the story of how Storm became an animated anthem for critical thinking.

Entry is £4 this month.

The Unknown Killer

Dr. Paul Morgan

When?
Monday, September 16 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

33 Windsor place
Cardiff
CF10 3BZ

Who?
Dr. Paul Morgan

What's the talk about?

Dr. Paul Morgan is a consultant intensivist in the Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board, working at the University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital Llandough. He is also an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In 2012, Paul was elected as Chair of the Welsh Intensive Care Society. Much of his clinical work involves treating patients with sepsis, which typically accounts for a third of all admissions to intensive care units. Sepsis kills more people in the UK each year than the combined total deaths from breast, bowel and prostate cancer. Survivors are often left with significant physical and psychological long-term damage.

Paul's talk will discuss various aspects of sepsis, from the bare statistics through the consequences to the individual and examining how sepsis can be prevented, recognised earlier and best treated.

Entry is £3 on the door.

Professor David Nutt

When?
Monday, July 15 2013 at 6:30PM

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Where?

The National Assembly for Wales,
Cardiff Bay,
Cardiff,
CF99 1NA

Who?
Professor David Nutt

What's the talk about?

Celebrating the launch of the Cardiff Science Festical 2103, Cardiff Skeptics in the Pub host Professor David Nutt. For more information on events, please visit http://cardiffsciencefestival.co.uk/

Professor David Nutt is the current Edmond J Safra chair in Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and was a member of the Committee on Safety of Medicines, and was President of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology but it was during his chairmanship of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and his refusal to fudge the issue of perceived drug harm that brought him into the public spotlight.

This event will be free to attend. Tickets available at struggle.eventbrite.co.uk/

Please note the earlier start time. The talk will finish promptly at 8PM before we move to the pub location.

The Senedd is a public / government building and so there is a security procedure on entry. Please arrive early to allow for this.

Inside The Weird World Of Scientology

John Sweeney

When?
Monday, June 17 2013 at 6:30PM

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Where?

The National Assembly for Wales,
Cardiff Bay,
Cardiff,
CF99 1NA

Who?
John Sweeney

What's the talk about?

Tom Cruise and John Travolta say the Church of Scientology is a force for good. Others disagree. Award-winning journalist John Sweeney investigated the Church for more than half a decade. During that time he was intimidated, spied on and followed and the results were spectacular: Sweeney lost his temper with the Church’s spokesman on camera and his infamous ‘exploding tomato’ clip was seen by millions around the world.

John Sweeney tells the story of his experiences for the first time and paints a devastating picture of this strange organisation, from former Scientologists who tell heartbreaking stories of families torn apart and lives ruined to its current followers who say it is the solution to many of mankind’s problems.

This event will be free to attend but a ticket is required. Reserve your ticket here.

Please note the earlier start time. The talk will finish promptly at 8PM before we move to the pub location.

The Senedd is a public / government building and so there is a security procedure on entry. Please arrive early to allow for this.

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