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Skeptics Outside the Pub!

Carmen D'Cruz

When?
Saturday, August 16 2014 at 11:00AM

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Who?
Carmen D'Cruz

What's the talk about?

At the Summer House Weekend festival, our very own Carmen D'Cruz will be going through some tried and tested methods for successfully identifying fakery, distortion and downright hogwash in modern media. From dodgy statistics to opinion presented as fact, she'll be arming you with the basic tools you'll need to make sure you don't get fooled again.

Carmen is the co-runner and host of London Skeptics in the Pub.

To find out more and to book your tickets to the festival, please visit their website: http://thesummerhouseweekend.com/

Challenging the Mystery Mongers

Paolo Viscardi

When?
Monday, September 1 2014 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Paolo Viscardi

What's the talk about?

From aliens and holy fish to False Widow spiders, interest in the unfamiliar can whip up a storm of speculation and spectacle. But cutting through hype, assumptions and misinformation is essential when you're trying to uncover the truth.

A new talk from Paolo Viscardi who explores some weird reporting from the past and present - using scientific methods and museum collections to get beneath the surface of the hype.

Paolo is a natural history curator at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in south east London. He is Chair of the Natural Sciences Collections Association and was Scientific Consultant for the BBC television series Secrets of Bones. In his spare time Paolo blogs, gives talks and helps run an online biology Q&A site, Ask A Biologist.

How Armstrong produced the greatest sporting fraud... until the next one?

Mark Burnley

When?
Monday, October 6 2014 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Mark Burnley

What's the talk about?

Mark spoke to us in 2012 and is back to give us an update on what has changed - and what hasn't.

Three great sporting events took place in 2012: Sir Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France, Team GB won almost everything at the London Olympics, and Lance Armstrong lost almost everything in the wake of a complicated series of investigations into his performance-enhancing drug use. It was called 'the greatest heist in the history of sport'.

This heist was made possible by a number of factors associated with drug efficacy, doping controls and sports politics. To explain these factors, Mark Burnley will describe the physiology, psychology, and sociology of drug use in sport as revealed by Armstrong's case, and suggest what the future may hold for sport in general.

Dr Mark Burnley is a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology at the University of Kent. A member of the Endurance Research Group at Kent, he has a keen interest in endurance performance and exercise testing and has published more than 30 research papers on these topics. He is a Physiology Section Editor for the European Journal of Sport Science and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Physiology and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Like all exercise physiologists, he is a keen sportsman with no significant talent.

Jonny Scaramanga

When?
Monday, November 3 2014 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
Camden
London NW1 8BG

Who?
Jonny Scaramanga

What's the talk about?

Jonny Scaramanga attended a fundamentalist Christian school in the '90s where he learned that the Loch Ness Monster disproved evolution, God disapproved of the NHS, and homosexuals were an abomination. He talks about what students learn in these schools today, how they learn it, and how skeptics can respond​.

Jonny is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Education, where he is researching student experiences in Britain's 50 Accelerated Christian Education schools. He has written for the Guardian, the Times Education Supplement, New Humanist, and New Statesman. His broadcast appearances include Newsnight, the Jeremy Vine Show, Radio 4, BBC2, BBC local radio, and Channel 4's 4Thought TV. His blog, Leaving Fundamentalism, won the 2014 Ockham Award for Best Blog. You can follow @JonnyScaramanga on Twitter.