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Professor Andrew Przybylski

When?
Monday, September 3 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Professor Andrew Przybylski

What's the talk about?

The debate about children and technology has increasingly captured public interest over the past year. Public conversations about screen time have gradually become more heated and divisive; scientific evidence often becomes a casualty in the process.

Over the past few months, the UK government has been collecting written and oral evidence to complete a parliamentary inquiry about the effects of social media and screen time on child well-being.

Professor Andrew Przybylski will look at how to tell the difference between evidence, scaremongering and moral panic.

Andrew Przybylski is a social scientist based at the University of Oxford. His research applies Self-Determination Theory, a macro-theory of human motivation, to study a wide range of psychological processes. His primary interests are focused on the role of motivation for people when they are engaged with virtual and real-life environments.

In particular, he is interested in what makes electronic games and social media motivating and what leads people to vary in the degree to which they succeed in regulating their engagement.

£3 contribution to cover expenses.

Here’s a taster of the talk.

 

Ash Price

When?
Monday, July 2 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Ash Price

What's the talk about?

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the travelling caravan, as Snake Oil Salesman Ash Pryce demonstrates the miraculous curative abilities of psychic surgery taught him by a wise man in the Philippines (or a magicians’ tool book, whichever sounds more wondrous).

See with amazement the telekinetic forces at work as you learn how to move objects with your mind, psychically manipulate your finest silverware and read the minds of your peers.

Or maybe, it’s all just a trick? The show will involve demonstrations and explanations of telekinesis tricks, metal bending, psychic surgery and remote viewing as well as look at government funded research into psychic phenomena, and the shoddy protocols that allowed “psychics” to beat the legendary Zener card experiments in the 1930s.

And if that wasn’t enough, there will be numerous on-stage demonstrations of mentalism. Warning to those on the front row… there will be blood!

Stagetime Promotions Magician of the Year 2017, and Edinburgh Horror Festival Sell out performer 2016 and 2017, Ash Pryce brings his crowd-pleasing mix of paranormal illusions, comedy and entertainment to the UK as part of a summer tour of 2018. Find Ash on most social media as “Psychic Conman” and check out his website .

£3 to cover expenses

Please note we don't meet in August. We'll be back on September 3.

 

Cerys Bradley

When?
Monday, June 4 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Cerys Bradley

What's the talk about?

 For decades, science has been fascinated by the LGBTQ+ community. What makes gay people gay? How does sexuality affect one's behaviour, appearance or ability to raise children? These are the questions that science has asked and the answers have had an impact not only within the scientific world but also on public policy and the rights of LGBTQ+ citizens.

Given the highly politicised nature of the topic, it is perhaps not surprising to discover biases and prejudices hidden in the construction, conduction, and conclusions of these studies but are they still valuable contributions to science?

PhD student (and lesbian) Cerys Bradley will discuss the scientific research into the LGBTQ+ community as well as its societal implications, and ask "just because science can ask a question, should it?".

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Genetic ancestry testing – the hype and the reality

Debbie Kennett

When?
Tuesday, May 8 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Debbie Kennett

What's the talk about?

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing went mainstream in 2017 and more than 16 million people around the world have now tested. Marketing campaigns encourage people to test to learn if they are a Viking or a Celt or to discover what percentages of their DNA come from different parts of the world.

But can a DNA test really tell you where you are from? Is your DNA your destiny? Debbie Kennett cuts through the hype and tells you what you can and can’t learn from a DNA test.

Debbie Kennett is a genealogist who has been using genetic testing as part of her research since 2007. She is now internationally recognised as an expert on genetic genealogy. She has lectured on the subject throughout Britain and Ireland and has also been an invited speaker at genealogy conferences in North America and Portugal. In 2013 she was appointed as an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at University College London. Debbie writes about DNA testing for all the UK family history magazines and is the author of two books, DNA and Social Networking and The Surnames Handbook.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A TUESDAY

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Dr James Erskine

When?
Monday, April 16 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Dr James Erskine

What's the talk about?

 PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE

 

One common human experience is to formulate an intention to behave in a certain way, for example to have only one drink in the pub, to return the dry cleaning on time, or not to talk to the attractive colleague at work. However, it is equally the case that on many of these occasions we not only fail to complete our intention but often do something resembling the complete opposite. This talk will examine some explanations for why this might be so common and potential ways to regain a degree of measured control.

Dr James Erskine trained as a psychologist and holds a BSc in psychology, MSc in statistics and research methods, PhD in psychology and a second clinical doctorate in counselling psychology. He has studied and worked in various universities (Hertfordshire, Cambridge, Harvard, Regents, St George’s) and hospitals and GP surgeries as an educator, researcher and clinician. He currently runs a therapy centre in London and Hertfordshire providing treatment excellence to private clients and companies.

 

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Professor Sophie Scott

When?
Monday, March 5 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Professor Sophie Scott

What's the talk about?

Professor Scott will be addressing sense and nonsense and humans brains, and what we think we should be looking for in the study of sex differences.

“My experience of science is that your threshold for accepting data can be really low if you say you’re looking at sex differences. Gender is the outcome of the way that we treat human beings from the minute they're born and people are interested in knowing if they're boys or girls,” she says. “We then start constructing a world round them.”

Sophie Scott is a research scientist who investigates human communication and the human brain, with a particular emphasis on the neurobiological basis of vocal communication and how this can go wrong. She is particularly interested in addressing both verbal and non-verbal aspects of vocal communication and has pioneered the study of the neuroscience of laughter. At night, she attempts to turn theory into practice by performing stand-up comedy. Sophie was the Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer in 2017

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Dr Mike Drayton

When?
Monday, February 5 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Dr Mike Drayton

What's the talk about?

The psychology, art and science of detecting lies and deceit. Just in time for Valentine's Day.

Mike uses philosophy, literature the latest research from the behavioural and psychological sciences to explore the questions:

What are lies and what is the truth?

Is it possible to spot lies and deceit?

Do liar's pants really catch on fire?

This is an interactive experience with video material, examples from literature and audience participation to inform inspire and entertain.

Dr Mike Drayton is a consultant business and clinical psychologist, and an expert in conflict management and negotiation. He has worked internationally, including a stint in Moscow, teaching business negotiation. He is an Associate of the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College. Mike was educated at LSE, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, and the University of Birmingham. He has dabbled in stand up comedy and was knocked out of Britain’s Got Talent by a tap dancing waiter from Coventry.

Colin Stuart

When?
Monday, January 8 2018 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Colin Stuart

What's the talk about?

(Note this is on the 8th, not the 1st. We're back to the first Monday next month)

Tim Peake's recent visit to the International Space Station has placed a fresh spotlight on the latest developments in space exploration. But space travel is still a pretty new area of human endeavour and our ideas about what and who might be out there have constantly shifted over the years. One place this is particularly apparent is in the famous Christmas Lectures held by the Royal Institution each year.

Last year Colin Stuart was lucky enough to rummage around in their archives and write a book about 13 of the lectures devoted to space and time. The first was delivered way back in 1881. The latest was the 2015 lecture series featuring a message from Tim from orbit. In this talk Colin will be sharing some of the stories from the lectures, along with some of his favourite anecdotes about digging through the archives, including finding Carl Sagan's immigration form and Dewar's radioactive notebooks.

Colin Stuart is an astronomy speaker and author who has talked to well over a quarter of a million people about the universe, ranging from schools and the public to conferences and businesses. His books have sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide and he's written over 150 popular science articles for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist and BBC Focus.

In recognition of his efforts to popularise astronomy, the asteroid (15347) Colinstuart is named after him and he is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. In 2014 he was runner-up in the European Astronomy Journalism Prize and has talked about the wonders of the universe on Sky News, BBC News and Radio 5Live. His other adventures have included climbing the UK's biggest radio telescope, stargazing from the Sahara and abseiling his old school’s science block for charity.

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Anthony Warner

When?
Tuesday, December 5 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Anthony Warner

What's the talk about?

NOTE DATE CHANGE TO TUESDAY 

Why anyone who says that weight gain and obesity are simple is probably trying to sell you something.

Anthony Warner, aka The Angry Chef, will cover the science of weight gain, the problem with weight stigma, and the many people selling lies and false promises. He will also discuss why our fear of fat, and our deeply help prejudice against larger bodies, leaves us susceptible to adopting false beliefs and believing the sellers of certainty.

Find out why fad diets, celebrity clean eaters, fear of carbs and other nutribollocks make him so Angry.

 (This is a different talk from the one at QED)

 Anthony Warner somehow managed to complete a Biochemistry Degree at Manchester University and then, after ten years in restaurants, hotels and events-catering, he became a development chef in the food manufacturing industry and has spent the last 11 years working on some of the UK’s best-known brands and products

In 2016, driven by frustration at the clearly unscientific messages being spewed out by a new breed of healthy eating celebrities, he started the Angry Chef blog.

He now writes regularly for New Scientist, The Pool and the Sunday Times, and his first book is The Angry Chef - Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating. He has appeared on Inside Science, The Food Programme and was once asked if he would be happy to eat his own dog on The Moral Maze.

 

And because it’s nearly Christmas, there will be prizes and (carb-based) treats for all the good boys and girls.

 

£3 to cover expenses.

Rebecca Nesbit

When?
Monday, November 6 2017 at 7:30PM

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40-42 Chalk Farm Road
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Who?
Rebecca Nesbit

What's the talk about?

Save the Honeybee stories are never far from the news, but is the species really under threat? And should environmentalists be interested in them at all? Britain has around 250 bee species, yet almost all the attention goes to the domestic honeybee. Queen bees are traded around the world, and honeybee populations are dependent on the work of beekeepers, so should we see them as wildlife

Rebecca Nesbit will explore how we choose which species should be conservation priorities, and therefore whether protecting honeybees is important. She will argue that the evidence for the EU’s widely-publicised ban on neonicotinoid pesticides is not as clear cut as many news outlets would have us believe.

Rebecca is an ecologist and writer with a particular interest in the science and ethics of setting conservation priorities. For her PhD she used radars and flight simulators to study butterfly migration, and she now works in science communication. She has written two books: ‘Is that Fish in Your Tomato?’, looking at the fact and fiction of GM foods, and ‘A Column of Smoke’, a novel.

Dr Lynette Nusbacher

When?
Monday, October 2 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Dr Lynette Nusbacher

What's the talk about?

Following her packed-out talk last year, Dr Lynette Nusbacher returns to take a skeptical look at what's happening with Brexit, the facts, the propaganda, what's likely to happen and what really won't.

Last year she looked at using structured methods to understand what would happen when the Brexit hit the fan.  Now, as the results of the election become clear, Dr Nusbacher talks about what we have learned from Brexit scenario work to date and what we need to understand about the Brexit negotiations and our first six months out of the EU.

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Seriously Strange

Will Hunter

When?
Monday, September 4 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Will Hunter

What's the talk about?

Transylvania is a byword for vampires and gypsy magic – but there is so much more strangeness that makes Dracula look pretty tame.

Lore is passed on through fireside tales of demons, underworlds and wicked spirits that exist alongside humans, of a creator God who has long abandoned his world. 

Transylvania has long been a place of conflict, of cultural clashes and invasion. Within this unique European pressure cooker of faith and war, supernatural beliefs took hold in everyday life. The magical practices of actual Transylvanians from the beginning of the last century up to the present day were about giving reason to a violent world, a way of gaining some agency in the chaos.

William Hunter talks about why magic is needed, on what basis it is done, and some of the techniques he has seen performed.

He was raised in the Carpathian mountains of Transylvania and spent most of his childhood with monks, fortune tellers and very tall trees. SInce then he has travelled throughout Europe exploring surviving or reimagined native beliefs, partaking in Fire festivals and fertility rites from Scotland to Albania.

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