Archive for February, 2014
Married exorcists, lying calendars, overstimulated babies and dodgy hips. Plus snakes, swaddling, submarines and spaceport. From the year AD 1717, it’s Skeptics with a K.
Former Lib Dem MP, Lembit Öpik is probably already a familiar face after appearances on Have I Got News For You and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! However, you may not know that he is also a champion for near-earth object studies and a UFOlogist at the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena. He talks to Be Reasonable about what this involves.
Since joining the Good Thinking Society, I’ve been extensively touring my Skeptics in the Pub talk on the topic of hands-on skepticism, and the fun that can be had from exploring the pseudoscience around you.
I’d like to do as many talks as possible, so if you’d like me to talk for your Skeptics in the Pub, university group, humanist group or other, let me know and I’ll do my best to accommodate you. To book my talk, visit the Good Thinking Society’s website.
Lifting The Lid: Ongoing adventures in the world of pseudoscience
by Michael Marshall
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 Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and Project Director of the Good Thinking Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work with the MSS 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.
Requirements: projector, screen, audio playback (this talk involves some short video clips with sound).