Teesside Skeptics

Twitter - @teessidesitp  Facebook Group - TeessideSitP

"To educate oneself so as to adopt an attitude of scepticism towards one's causal theories and one of intellectual modesty is, without doubt, one of the most important moral duties" - Karl Popper

 


I signed the Pro-Truth Pledge:please hold me accountable.

 

 

Previous year >>

Various

When?
Saturday, March 28 2020 at 10:00PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

Who?
Various

What's the talk about?

Corvid-19 needs to be brought under control and that means isolation for most of us.  Our April speaker has been cancelled and May and June are on hold until further notice.

However the Skeptics have been preparing alternatives online and there are two projects being put together to provide talks and meetings online.  

The first off the mark is Skeptics in the Hub and that is on Facebook now.  Join the group and there are two speakers scheduled for the near future.

In addition, previous speaker Michael Marshall of Goodthinking fame is offering up a skeptical online presence.  More details on that soon.

 

The show goes on.

Tracey Jolliffe

When?
Thursday, March 5 2020 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Tracey Jolliffe

What's the talk about?

Founded in 2008 by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, GOOP has gone from a weekly lifestyle newsletter to a multi million dollar enterprise offering a plethora of new-age 'wellness' products and services.

They hit the headlines again recently with the release of a six-part documentary series on Netflix 'The GOOP Lab'. The show features a plethora of pseudoscientific topics such as energy healing, psychedelic drugs, cold therapy, anti-aging, mediumship, and female sexuality.

In this talk we will take a look at the Goop website - some of their products, the claims they make (with the safety net of a carefully crafted legal disclaimer), and assess the risk to public health.

As a microbiologist working in the NHS, Tracey Jolliffe has presented many talks to a diverse range of audiences, including to Glasgow and Edinburgh Skeptics, and at QED. She has spoken on several medical and scientific subjects, as well as on her hobby of bats. In her spare time, she is a licenced bat worker and runs a wildlife hospital caring for sick and injured bats.

She also volunteers as an ambassador for the kidney donation charity "Give A Kidney"

Helen Pluckrose

When?
Thursday, February 6 2020 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Helen Pluckrose

What's the talk about?

Universities in the UK and the USA in particular have had very popular courses for many years involved in the grievances felt by minority groups and women in democratic societies.  These are being studied in a way that moves on from standard philosophy, sociology and politics to a new way of explaining and broadcasting those grievances.  Academic Journals have published many studies in this area and are having an influence on modern developments in establishments and the media.

Helen Pluckrose is the editor of Areo Magazine - a digital magazine focused on humanism, politics and culture.

She has a background in late medieval and early modern religious writing and took part in the grievance studies probe with James Lindsay and Peter Boghossian. Her forthcoming book with James Lindsay is entitled "Cynical Theories" and looks at the evolution of postmodern thought.

 

Terry Waites

When?
Thursday, January 2 2020 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Terry Waites

What's the talk about?

Starting the New Year we are gathering to discuss what we want to see and hear in the New Year at Teesside Skeptics in the Pub.


To help generate ideas we will look at what has been happening in the Year 2009.  We will highlight subjects that have had a high profile and any successes for critical thinkers to applaud.  We will also highlight the general state of Skepticism in UK and around the World. 

After the break we will choose a subject and format for every monthly meeting up to and including Jan 2021.

If you would like to have an influence then be there and get your chance.

 

TW

 

 

 

Dr Andrew Dean

When?
Thursday, December 5 2019 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Dr Andrew Dean

What's the talk about?

Tickets via EventBrite https://tinyurl.com/y2yephmk

A Psychological Examination of Magical Beings and Imaginary Friends

The notion of other-worldly creatures, spirits, and magical realms appears to span the past several thousand years. Yet, for all of the attention from Hollywood and other forms of popular culture, elucidating a psychological understanding of the phantasmagorical has proved to be almost as elusive as the subject matter itself.

In this talk we will look at the challenges of examining the otherworldly, but more importantly, the cognitive and social benefits and detriments from ‘excessive’ imagination, or auditory-visual hallucinations. Where pertinent, themes from the psychedelic literature will be drawn on to highlight the disruptive impact of rapidly adopting or rejecting hallucinations.

Dr Andrew Dean is a natural and social scientist, specialising in biophysics, linguistics and psychology. At present he is examining the impact of psychedelics on mental states arising from otherworldly hallucinations and visions.  This is increasingly orientated towards those claiming to see and hear God, demons, and magical fairytale creatures.

Marlon Solomon’s

When?
Thursday, November 7 2019 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Marlon Solomon’s

What's the talk about?

Tickets via EventBrite https://tinyurl.com/yxfyz7q2

CONSPIRACY THEORY: A LIZARD’S TALE
 
Marlon's a Jew. This didn't bother him until he found out some people he knew didn't believe the Holocaust happened.

The first one-person show to be performed in the Houses of Parliament, Marlon Solomon’s Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard’s Tale, probes the growth of conspiracy theory; examining its links to rising antisemitism, racism and extremism. It's a comic tale which is no laughing matter.

 Winner of Best Spoken Word at Greater Manchester’s Fringe Festival, the show has already received high-profile accolades and generated political discussion in the Guardian, the New Statesman and Prospect Magazine.

"Funny, moving, at some points deeply disturbing." - David Baddiel

"Shrewd, funny and important." Jonathan Freedland (The Guardian)

 “A Lizard’s Tale is a devastating show. Informative, absorbing and very funny." – David Schneider

Edinburgh Fringe 2019 Reviews:

Broadway Baby Review: https://tinyurl.com/y3q3u9xu

The Wee Review: https://tinyurl.com/y66xrwp5

Conspiracy Theory: A Lizard’s Tale is a one man, multi-media piece of storytelling; incorporating elements of stand-up comedy, song and interactive video. Marlon examines how fake news gives fresh currency to ancient slander and how this all relates to current issues within mainstream politics. From 9/11 to shape-shifting lizards and Holocaust denial, this is a darkly comic tale of one man's journey through the conspiracy underworld.

WATCH the trailer here: https://tinyurl.com/yxoplxhe

ASH PRYCE: PARANORMAL ILLUSIONIST

When?
Thursday, October 3 2019 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
ASH PRYCE: PARANORMAL ILLUSIONIST

What's the talk about?

Tickets via EventBrite https://tinyurl.com/y4mtqnl8

PARANORMAL ILLUSIONISTISM

ASH PRYCE: PAA Special edition of the Spooky 👻 Magic 🧙 show comes to Teesside. 'Fraidy cats and brave souls 😱 welcome for unsettling paranormal illusions from Edinburgh Horror 🧟 Festival Sell Out seance 💀 magician Ash Pryce

"...unique and original ...a clever and well crafted show" - World Magic Review, Edinburgh Fringe 2019

“★★★★★ If you want to see something truly amazing... this is the man to show you.“ – Bunbury magazine

"Leicester's answer to Derren Brown" - BBC Leicester

Edinburgh Horror Festival Sell Out Act 2016, 2017, 2018

********************************

ACT ONE: "Ash Pryce - Paranormal Illusionist" is the brand new show from Edinburgh Horror Festival Sell Out Performer Ash Pryce. Fresh off of a full run of the Edinburgh Festival, with almost 30 productions at the world famous Fringe behind him.

Step into the psychic's parlour for an experience with the supernatural, the paranormal, things that go BUMP in the night as you take part in a series of mind twisting demonstrations drawing on psychic super powers, spirit communication and the Seance.

Combining psychic phenomena, ESP and spirit communication with stage mentalism, and theatre, the show will skirt the edges of what is real and what is on the other side of the veil.

This is a theatrical magic show - if we do summon demons during the course of the show, we cannot be held responsible for possessions. Please clean up any ectoplasm brought up in fright...

ACT TWO: In the second half, exclusively for skeptic groups, Ash will be looking back over the history of Spiritualism by highlighting some of the most famous tricksters, legal cases and exposures of the Golden Age of Spiritualism. Ash will talk about a history of Spiritualism, mediumship and the role it played in helping create his own area of performance – mentalism. New material looking at the areas that his show 'How to Talk to the Dead' didn't have time to fit in!

********************************
Thursday, October 3 2019 at 7:30PM
Entry: Donation
Skeptics In The Pub Teesside: tinyurl.com/kawkjq3
Facebook:
tinyurl.com/y2foxu4q

Further Information:

One of the most common ways of engaging with Spiritualism in its heyday was an intimate parlor session. Just you, the medium, and a few other select attendees. Ash Pryce’s show Paranormal Illusionist, in this sense, is simply picked up and moved from a parlor to the side room of an only slightly busy bar off an only slightly busy street. But even though the masses of Fringe attendees haven’t found it yet – and fair, it was only day one of performances- Paranormal Illusionist delivers an interesting and well-wrought experience.

Exclusivity isn’t the only thing this show has in common with a genuine Spiritualist experience. Pryce has a lot of knowledge to impart about Spiritualist practices, and all of it accurate, with no unnecessary sensationalism. He is demonstrably aware that Spiritualism is compelling on it’s own, if the audience gets to see it happening in their own hands. The illusions of Pananormal Illusions all involve audience participation, but, a comfort to the wary, all of this participation is lowkey and comfortable to take part in. The audience members enjoy getting to interact with each part as much as they do getting to observe them, and are treated with respect from their illusionist for their trouble.

Participating in the show also makes the audience even more aware of Pryce’s skill as a magician (for of course that is what most successful Spiritualists were, magicians telling you one extra lie). Thanks to the strength of his theme, Pryce was able to do magic tricks that come off as unique and original because they are encased in a overarching story, even if that isn’t completely so. And with these tricks, he performs smoothly, keeping his attendee’s attention exactly where he wants it.

Paranormal Illusionist hasn’t found all of it’s audience yet, but when they find it they will find a clever and well crafted show, as educational as it is enjoyable.

Brian Eggo

When?
Thursday, September 5 2019 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Brian Eggo

What's the talk about?

 As the rewards of fame and fortune increase, so does the dedication and desperation of those in the sporting world who will do whatever it takes to win.

Science is playing an ever-increasing role in the march towards maximising our athletic potential.  

Unfortunatley, wherever science goes, quackery is never far behind.

Brian Eggo is the main organiser and primary mouthpiece of Glasgow Skeptics.  As such he has an unhealthy interest in the equally amusing and frustrating realms of woo and pseudoscience.

This has caused him to spend way too much of his own money on the type of things he encourages other people not to spend their money on.

He occasionally dabbles in skeptical activism when prompted and has been known to make some awful puns on podcasts. 

His day job is in training and development and that explains a lot!

O'Connells is on Bedford Street and there are parking spaces outside on the road.  If they are full Baker street always has some space, next street along.  We are a five minute walk from the bus station and 15 minutes from the railway station.

Entrance is free but kind donations towards expenses is always welcome.

Teesside Skeptics

When?
Thursday, August 1 2019 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Teesside Skeptics

What's the talk about?

This is something we haven't done at a meeting for some time. 

The format has everybody given a chance to chip in with what they know and what they think about a subject.  A subject of your own choice is written on a card and added to the hat.  The subject drawn from the hat gets a 10-minute discussion on each table and a one-minute summary by a volunteer speaker or one chosen by the table.  (no restrictions on the use of smartphones to gather information).

  • Some ideas for a subject that could be chosen: 
  • Should Social Media Companies restrict the spread of pseudo-science and quackery?
  • Who can claim to be a  "Doctor"?
  • Should Skeptics be activists?
  • Should we hold a Northeast Skeptics Conference?
  • What is "acceptable" evidence when promoting skepticiam?

Of course you will probably be able to think of something more interesting that grabs your attention.

Looking forward to some lively sessions.

 

Please be aware that the carpark over the road from O'Connell's is a private car park patrolled by a very keen person on commission.  There will be free parking spaces on Bedford Street or Baker street for drivers.

 

 

When?
Sunday, July 14 2019 at 2:00PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

11 Regency West Mall,
Stockton-on-Tees
TS18 1EF

Who?

What's the talk about?

Is there a subject we haven't covered?  Is there something that's bugging you and want to chat about where we are and where we are going?

Planning ahead for speakers and subjects we have another social coming up to put forward your ideas and suggestions.  This social takes place in Top of the Hops Bar in Stockton-on-Tees, 2 minutes walk from the High Street and 10 minutes walk to Thornaby Railway Station.  The venue is a new micro-bar that has a sensational selection of beer, wines and gins.  However you will need to have lunch before you arrive, no food is served.

There are one or two subjects that you might want to read up on for this one:

5G rollout

Autism (subject chosen by our last speaker).

CGI and digital manipulation of still pictures and movies

Reproducibility of studies.

Ideas for publicity.

Activism.


Hope to see you all there. 

 

Heather Pentler

When?
Thursday, July 4 2019 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Heather Pentler

What's the talk about?

Ever wondered what is the difference between Aspergers and autism but been too embarrassed to ask.  Most skeptics understand that Mr Wakefields claims about a link between autism and the MMR vaccine were not just plain wrong but fraudulant too, but there are many other myths and misunderstandings about people with autism. Heather's talk seeks to dispel some of the myths and expose some of the awful practices and quack products that are on offer to "cure" autism. 

Heather has been an active skeptic for the last 7 years and has previously spoken about her experiences exposing dodgy alternative medical practices. Heather has been a member of the committee for Edinburgh Skeptics for the last 3 years.

Heather's day job is a support worker, working with autistic adults for a charity.

The expenses for this talk have been kindly covered by Edinburgh Skeptics in their ongoing determination to spread the word to other smaller skeptical groups who can't afford to bring in too many speakers from a distance.  Very much appreciated.

 

Professor Zulfiqur Ali

When?
Thursday, June 6 2019 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

29-41 Bedford Street,
Middlehaven,
Middlesbrough
TS1 2LL

http://www.oconnellspub.co.uk/

Who?
Professor Zulfiqur Ali

What's the talk about?

You are not feeling well, what’s wrong? You might be feeling well but something could be wrong.

Getting an appointment and then a diagnosis can take time and that could be life-threatening. In developing countries, it can be difficult to afford getting a diagnosis of disease. What if you could diagnose disease very cheaply by yourself and all in the palm of your hand?

And what if you could use the device to make sure that your medication is right for you?

Our speaker this month is the Dean of the Graduate Research School at Teeside University specialisingin Engineering and Chemistry

His interests include Biosensors, Microfluidics and organic electronics'

As usual, entrance is free but kind donations will help with expenses and might earn you a free book!

Please fill in the form below to send us a message