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Monday, August 24 2020 at 12:00AM

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Due to the worsening COVID-19 situation, we have regretfully taken the decision to suspend York Skeptics talks for the time being. We will continue to monitor the situation, and will return for more scepticism with beer as soon as we feel that it is responsible to do so.

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Skeptics in the Pub Online

Angel Russell

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Thursday, May 28 2020 at 7:00PM

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Angel Russell

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Live event link: https://www.twitch.tv/sitp

Since COVID-19 has us on hiatus, we’ve teamed up with the other UK Skeptics in the Pub groups to create Skeptics in the Pub Online. Live streaming each Thursday at 7pm (note the slightly earlier time than our pub talks!) with the usual SitP format, just supply your own drinks!


Two of the most pervasive myths that I spend my time deconstructing are (1) that humans have a specific part of their brains devoted to sex and (2) that humans have an innate “drive” to be sexual. Neither of these things are true, and it’s important that people understand that. When folks believe these misconceptions, it can make it feel like there’s something wrong with them or their relationship when they experience extreme highs or lows in sexual desire (libido) or when their bodies don’t sexually perform (arousal) the way they expect them to. This talk will focus on the neuroscience behind sexual arousal and libido. We will do some myth-busting and discuss how to effectively approach “spicing up” your sex life – even if you’re single or stuck in quarantine.

Angel Russell aka: Professor Sex, (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, ACS Certified Sex Educator, research sexologist, certified sexual assault victims advocate, and author. Their research interests focus on the intersections between social and personality psychology, particularly as they relate to sexual identity, orientation, and behavior. In 2019 their research on Individual Differences in Coming Out as LGBT+ received a professional paper award nomination from Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA). Angel is a member of the Community Sexual Health Education and Research Initiative (CSHERI), a sexuality education provider for the Jacksonville Center for Sexual Health, and a member of the editorial board for Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education. Additionally, Angel is the “A” in Sex from A to Z™, a sex science podcast co-hosted with Dr. Rob Zeglin. To learn more and find them online head to http://professorsex.com/.


New to York Skeptics or Twitch or both?
We anticipate that Twitch or SitP may be new for some of you so we will have *early doors at 6:45* to welcome new attendees and answer any questions you may have.
A useful guide to Twitch here: https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-twitch-4143337
You don't need a Twitch account to watch the talk only if you want to take part in the chat.
You won't need an account to ask questions in the Q&A though.
Inclusion & Accessibility info here: https://www.skepticsinthepub.org/online-safety/

Skeptics in the Pub Online

Dr Nick Brown

When?
Thursday, May 21 2020 at 7:00PM

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Dr Nick Brown

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Live event link: https://www.twitch.tv/sitp

Since COVID-19 has us on hiatus, we’ve teamed up with the other UK Skeptics in the Pub groups to create Skeptics in the Pub Online. Live streaming each Thursday at 7pm (note the slightly earlier time than our pub talks!) with the usual SitP format, just supply your own drinks!


The skeptical movement rightly suggests that people should place more faith in peer-reviewed scientific articles than in YouTube videos or written claims made by random people on the Internet. However, science is not always particularly reliable either. In this talk, I will give some examples of how peer-reviewed scientific work that may attract a lot of public attention and even influence public policy decisions can contain remarkably elementary errors (not all of which are necessarily accidental). Some of these errors can be detected even by readers with relatively little mathematical or statistical expertise.

Ten years ago, Nick Brown was a British IT manager living from France. Now he is an Irish psychologist living in Spain. He received his PhD from the University of Groningen in 2019, with his thesis being entitled “Can Positive Emotions Improve Physical Health?” (spoiler: there’s no good evidence). His work on debunking bad science has been featured in The Observer and Science, but nobody has paid him any money for it yet.


New to York Skeptics or Twitch or both?
We anticipate that Twitch or SitP may be new for some of you so we will have *early doors at 6:45* to welcome new attendees and answer any questions you may have.
A useful guide to Twitch here: https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-twitch-4143337
You don't need a Twitch account to watch the talk only if you want to take part in the chat.
You won't need an account to ask questions in the Q&A though.
Inclusion & Accessibility info here: https://www.skepticsinthepub.org/online-safety/

Skeptics in the Pub Online

Jonathan Jarry

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Thursday, May 7 2020 at 7:00PM

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Jonathan Jarry

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Live event link: https://www.twitch.tv/sitp

Since COVID-19 has us on hiatus, we’ve teamed up with the other UK Skeptics in the Pub groups to create Skeptics in the Pub Online. Live streaming each Thursday at 7pm (note the slightly earlier time than our pub talks!) with the usual SitP format, just supply your own drinks!


Alternative medicine proponents have become really good at building a body of research that looks more and more like good science to the casual observer. In the face of positive randomized clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, the skeptic’s approach has to become more sophisticated to crack this façade of believability. We will go through three cases that illustrate how convincing the evidence for pseudoscience looks and what’s actually happening under the bonnet.

Jonathan Jarry is a science communicator in Montreal, Canada with the McGill Office for Science and Society, dedicated to separating sense from nonsense on the scientific stage. He brings his experience in cancer research, human genetics, rehabilitation research, and forensic biology to the work he does for the public. With cardiologist Dr. Christopher Labos, he co-hosts the award-winning medical podcast The Body of Evidence, which aims to contextualize findings in the realm of health research and answer the public’s most pressing questions about the biomedical sciences while also being funny and entertaining.


New to York Skeptics or Twitch or both?
We anticipate that Twitch or SitP may be new for some of you so we will have *early doors at 6:45* to welcome new attendees and answer any questions you may have.
A useful guide to Twitch here: https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-twitch-4143337
You don't need a Twitch account to watch the talk only if you want to take part in the chat.
You won't need an account to ask questions in the Q&A though.
Inclusion & Accessibility info here: https://www.skepticsinthepub.org/online-safety/

Skeptics in the Pub Online

Sian Williams

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Thursday, April 30 2020 at 7:00PM

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Sian Williams

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Live event link: https://www.twitch.tv/sitp

Since COVID-19 has us on hiatus, we’ve teamed up with the other UK Skeptics in the Pub groups to create Skeptics in the Pub Online. Each Thursday at 7pm (note the slightly earlier time than our regular talks!) we will be live streaming talks. You can expect some bigger names than we might otherwise get and others who just can’t travel as far as us for a talk. Same familiar format; a talk followed by Q&A, but supply your own drinks!

Cornerstones of modern medicine are at risk due to drug-resistant infections, with routine surgery, common illnesses and minor injuries becoming potentially life-threatening. People are already dying from drug-resistant infections, and as more drugs stop working, more lives will be put in danger. Everyone is at risk. Sian Williams will discuss the causes behind this major public health issue and how organizations such as the Wellcome Trust are helping to address the challenge.

Sian will also explore why we’re not seeing new antibiotics entering the market, the ethical dilemmas involved in the decision to prescribe new drugs, and how we could help GPs stop over-prescription of antibiotics.

About the speaker
Sian Williams is a Policy Officer with the Wellcome Trust’s Drug-Resistant Infections priority programme, a team with a £175m commitment to address the challenge of antimicrobial resistance. The programme works with scientists and policy makers to advocate for and support evidence-based decision making globally.  She earned a 1st class honours degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London.

New to York Skeptics or Twitch or both?
We anticipate that Twitch or SitP may be new for some of you so we will have *early doors at 6:45* to welcome new attendees and answer any questions you may have.
A useful guide to Twitch here: https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-twitch-4143337
You don't need a Twitch account to watch the talk only if you want to take part in the chat.
You won't need an account to ask questions in the Q&A though.
Inclusion & Accessibility info here: https://www.skepticsinthepub.org/online-safety/

Skeptics in the Pub Online

Kit Chapman

When?
Thursday, April 23 2020 at 7:00PM

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Kit Chapman

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Live event link: https://www.twitch.tv/sitp

Since COVID-19 has us on hiatus, we’ve teamed up with the other UK Skeptics in the Pub groups to create Skeptics in the Pub Online. Each Thursday at 7pm (note the slightly earlier time than our regular talks!) we will be live streaming talks. You can expect some bigger names than we might otherwise get and others who just can’t travel as far as us for a talk. Same familiar format; a talk followed by Q&A, but supply your own drinks!

Join journalist and science historian Kit Chapman on an adventure across chemistry as he shares the bizarre stories behind the names of the building blocks of science. Which element got its name thanks to a D&D monster? Why couldn't a German team call the discovery after the nearby town? And how did Lemmy from Motorhead almost end up on the periodic table?

Kit Chapman is an award-winning science journalist with bylines in the Daily Telegraph, Nature, New Scientist and Chemistry World, among others. His first popular science book, Superheavy: Making and Breaking the Periodic Table, was shortlisted for the AAAS SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Kit is currently completing a PhD in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Sunderland.

New to York Skeptics or Twitch or both?
We anticipate that Twitch or SitP may be new for some of you so we will have *early doors at 6:45* to welcome new attendees and answer any questions you may have.
A useful guide to Twitch here: https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-twitch-4143337
You don't need a Twitch account to watch the talk only if you want to take part in the chat.
You won't need an account to ask questions in the Q&A though.
Inclusion & Accessibility info here: https://www.skepticsinthepub.org/online-safety/

Skeptics in the Pub Online

Jim Al-Khalili

When?
Thursday, April 9 2020 at 7:00PM

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Jim Al-Khalili

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Live event link: https://www.twitch.tv/sitp

Since COVID-19 has us on hiatus, we’ve teamed up with the other UK Skeptics in the Pub groups to create Skeptics in the Pub Online. Each Thursday at 7pm (note the slightly earlier time than our regular talks!) we will be live streaming talks. You can expect some bigger names than we might otherwise get and others who just can’t travel as far as us for a talk. Same familiar format; a talk followed by Q&A, but supply your own drinks!

Our inaugural talk promises to get us going in style:


Where does theoretical physics stand at the end of the second decade of the 21st century? Are we finally approaching the end of physics, when the rich tapestry of the universe will be revealed to us and we will finally understand the true nature of reality? If we are honest then we must admit that, while what we do know is dazzlingly impressive, there is much we have yet to grasp, from the nature of space and time to the meaning quantum mechanics. This whistle-stop tour of modern physics is an appraisal of what we know and what we have yet to figure out.

About the speaker:
Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS is a quantum physicist, author and broadcaster and one of the best-known science communicators in Britain. He holds a Distinguished Chair in Physics at the University of Surrey where he teaches and conducts his research. He received a PhD in nuclear theory in 1989 and has since published over 100 research papers. He has written twelve books on popular science, between them translated into over twenty-six languages, as well as his first novel. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries and the long-running Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific.  He is a recipient of the Royal Society Faraday medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the Stephen Hawking Medal. His latest book, on which this talk is based, is The World According to Physics, published by Princeton University Press.

 

New to York Skeptics or Twitch or both?
We anticipate that Twitch or SitP may be new for some of you so we will have *early doors at 6:45* to welcome new attendees and answer any questions you may have.
A useful guide to Twitch here: https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-twitch-4143337
You don't need a Twitch account to watch the talk only if you want to take part in the chat.
You won't need an account to ask questions in the Q&A though.

Dr Seb Spain

When?
Monday, February 24 2020 at 7:30PM

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75 George Street,
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YO1 9PT

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Dr Seb Spain

What's the talk about?

Plastic bag charges. The plastic island. Fish eating plastic microbeads from cosmetics. The word plastic has become synonymous with pollution and environmental disaster but are they all bad? In this talk, I’ll discuss the challenges faced in replacing plastic, and what we are doing to try to address them.

Dr Seb Spain is a Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Sheffield. He is also the "Technological Feasibility" lead for the Plastics: Redefining Single Use project (http://grantham.sheffield.ac.uk/research-projects/redefine-single-use-plastic/).

When?
Monday, January 27 2020 at 7:30PM

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75 George Street,
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Due to a booking mix-up last month we weren't able to host our quiz as advertised, so we're going to try again. We're back in our usual fourth Monday slot so the opportunities for Rob to mess up the date are severely reduced.

Do come along for a quiz about science and skepticism in 2019 and throughout history, with maybe a cheeky music round thrown in too.

When?
Thursday, December 19 2019 at 8:00PM

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Please note that as every year our December meeting is earlier in the month than usual to avoid clashes with christmas festivities. Also this year we're starting at 8pm to avoid the rush from attendees at a concert by The Darkness in The Barbican.

Our sixth annual midwinter quiz will feature the usual mix of questions about science and skepticism in the last year and throughout history, including whatever audiovisual fun and related themed rounds Rob can come up with. Please do come along for a bit of friendly seasonal fun!

Dr Alice Howarth

When?
Monday, November 25 2019 at 7:30PM

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75 George Street,
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Dr Alice Howarth

What's the talk about?

In 2013 when Alice Howarth joined the Merseyside Skeptics Society’s podcast, Skeptics with a K, to talk about unsubstantiated or pseudoscientific claims in the media, she quickly realised the volume of claims made about the vagina are insurmountable. Over the past five years she’s considered countless claims from a variety of different types of people about how exactly you “should” care for a vagina, should you ever encounter one. These claims might seem light and fun, but they can have damaging consequences for people who have vaginas and the wider society. In this talk Alice will take us through some of these claims, the sources they come from and the wider impact of those claims.

Dr Alice Howarth is a scientist and skeptical advocate who has been a board director of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and podcaster at Skeptics with a K for over five years. She’s a researcher in clinical and molecular pharmacology at the University of Liverpool and has written for publications such as The Guardian.

Dr Eilidh Noyes

When?
Monday, October 28 2019 at 7:30PM

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75 George Street,
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Who?
Dr Eilidh Noyes

What's the talk about?

How good are humans at recognizing faces? It is often assumed that we are pretty good at it. After all, we can recognize the faces of our friends and family with ease. However, matching faces of people we don’t know is much more difficult, yet this is the task most commonly faced by police and passport officers. In this talk we will ask, how good are humans at recognizing faces? And, are machines any better?

Dr Eilidh Noyes is a Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology, University of Huddersfield.