Archive for March, 2019

Be Reasonable: Episode #059 – Jay Weidner

Joining Marsh this episode is Jay Weidner, the author and conspiracy theorist who co-founded Sacred Mysteries, and filmmaker behind the Kubrick’s Odyssey series of documentaries outlining what he believes to be Stanley Kubrick’s role in faking the moon landings.

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Skeptics with a K: Episode #246

Exfoliating dildos, energetic burps, and stirring food anti-clockwise. Plus medieval pubs, wasps nests, and bad backs. With top hats and badges, it’s Skeptics with a K.

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Skeptics in the Park

When:  Sunday, July 7th 2019, 2.00pm – 6.00 PM

Where: The Casa Bar, 29 Hope Street

This year, the skeptics in the park event will take place the day after our one day 10 year anniversary event MSSX. Find out more about MSSX here: https://mssx.co.uk/

Skeptics, sun and awesome FREE food. Come and join us in Sefton Park for a veritably joyous afternoon of eating and drinking.

We’ll be in Sefton Park all afternoon from 2pm (north of the Palm House). Kids are most definitely welcome, as are any other friends or family you’d like to bring along.

There will be food available however, we’ll only be serving soft drinks.

Hope to see you there!

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MSSX – Celebrate 10 years of the Merseyside Skeptics Society

When:  Saturday, July 6th 2019, 9.00am – 11.00 PM

Where: The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool

Happy Birthday to Us!
MSSX is a celebration of ten years of the Merseyside Skeptics Society, taking place at the Liner Hotel in Liverpool on July 6th 2019.

As with all our events, we aim to be inclusive, welcoming attendees from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and genders.

Tickets just £29 – get yours here: https://mssx.co.uk/tickets

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Phil Scraton – Bearing Witness to the ‘Pain of Others’ Fractured Lives, Dissenting Voices, Recovering Truth

When:  Thursday, April 11th 2019, 7.30 – 11.00 PM

Where: The Casa Bar, 29 Hope Street

Phil Scraton
Emeritus Professor
School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast


June 2016. In scenes reminiscent of The Truman Show a newly-elected US President embarked on world-wide daily pronouncements uninhibited

by limitations of 140 characters. Prior to the UK Brexit referendum Nigel Farage presented a ‘breaking-point’ campaign poster depicting a line of desperate refugees, hauntingly close to earlier Nazi-propaganda. Bodies of men, women and children were washed up on north Mediterranean beaches. ‘Post-truth’ was introduced into Oxford Dictionaries as ‘word of the year’, describing a politics in which ‘objective facts’ are ‘less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. Yet crude ideology as the driver of societal reaction and political intervention is not new. For decades, critical social research has exposed and questioned the foundations of ‘official discourse’ and mainstream ‘knowledge’. It foregrounds alternative accounts in rights discourse, derived and reproduced in people’s daily endurance of inequality and oppression; evident in the realities of disempowered communities fractured by class, ‘race’, sectarianism, gender, sexuality and age. Drawing on his published in-depth research Phil Scraton explores the profound challenges involved in bearing witness to the ‘pain of others’, foregrounding their social, political and economic rights in the processes of investigation and inquiry. A ‘rights deficit’ has been brought into sharp relief by the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. Recounting personal testimonies ‘from below’, revealing institutionalised deceit and pursuing ‘truth recovery’, this lecture argues that dissenting voices are the foundation of hope, resistance and transformation.

Phil Scraton PhD, DLaws (Hon), DPhil (Hon) is Professor Emeritus, School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast. His research priorities are: controversial deaths and the state; rights of the bereaved and survivors following disasters; the politics of incarceration; childhood, rights and justice. Widely published, his books include: ‘Childhood’ in ‘Crisis’?; Power, Conflict and Criminalisation; The Violence of Incarceration; The Incarceration of Women; Women’s Imprisonment and the Case for Abolition. Director of The Hillsborough Project 1989-95 he was principal author of Hillsborough and After: The Liverpool Experience and No Last Rights: The Promotion of Myth and the Denial of Justice in the Aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster. He was lead author of Hillsborough Independent Panel’s ground-breaking 2013 Report, Hillsborough. Adviser and the new edition of Hillsborough: The Truth was published in 2016. Awarded Freedom of the City of Liverpool, he was factual consultant on, and contributor to, the 2017 BAFTA winning documentary Hillsborough. Having declined an OBE in 2017 he was castaway on BBC’s Desert Island Discs. He has recently returned from the University of Sydney, where he led a month-long intenational symposium on deaths in controversial circumstances. Currently, he leads the first in-depth research project on families’ experiences of inquests in Ireland and holds a Leverhulme research award to critically examine the ‘learning’ from the investigations and inquiries into Hillsborough.

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Massimo Polidoro – Leonardo Da Vinci: Disciple of Experience

When:  Thursday, March 21st 2019, 7.30 – 11.00 PM

Where: The Casa Bar, 29 Hope Street

500 years after his death, we celebrate Leonardo as a master artist, inventor and universal genius. But what is often forgotten is that he was a man like us. A man of his times, who faced difficulties and frustrations and often had to deal with ignorance, superstition and closed mindedness. How did he cope? He described himself as a “disciple of experience”, anticipating of about a century the adoption of the scientific method by Galileo and Descartes. Massimo Polidoro will take us back in time to see how Leonardo thought and reasoned and will help us understand if his approach to life still holds something useful for us today.

Massimo Polidoro is a writer and an internationally recognized “mystery detective.” He began his career as James Randi’s apprentice and is the cofounder and head of the Italian skeptics group CICAP. He is a TV personality in Italy, a research fellow for CSI, he has published 50 books and is a longtime columnist for the Skeptical Inquirer. He has a series on his YouTube channel investigating strange stories.

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