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Paul Duncan McGarrity

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

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

Who?
Paul Duncan McGarrity

What's the talk about?

 From the age of sieges and chivalry comes a show about medieval love, adrenaline junkies and an insane quest for glory. Join comedian and archaeologist Paul Duncan McGarrity as he explains how modern life could be so much better if we all take a moment and learn how to attack a castle.

When?
Tuesday, December 11 2018 at 7:30PM

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75 George Street,
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YO1 9PT

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What's the talk about?

PLEASE NOTE THAT AS EVERY YEAR OUR DECEMBER MEETING IS EARLIER IN THE MONTH THAN USUAL TO AVOID CLASHES WITH CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES.

Our fifth 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 Caroline Ward

When?
Monday, November 26 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

Who?
Dr Caroline Ward

What's the talk about?

Conservation can be magical. Literally. And this complicates things. That is why protesters in Iceland will blockade road building projects which threaten the habitat of the endemic Icelandic elf. And why in some parts of Ethiopia people will protect Hyenas because they eat evil spirits. And why Caribbean owls are endangered because people persecute them because they are witches. 

Dr Caroline Ward of the University of Leeds will explore how beliefs in magic can endanger but also protect species, with important real world impacts. She'll show how this produces complex ethical and practical dilemmas for conservation, and talk about solutions.

It could be you!

When?
Monday, October 22 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

Who?
It could be you!

What's the talk about?

Do you have something you’d like to get off your chest? Is there something evidence or science-based that you’d like to talk to us about? Is there an aspect of critical thinking that you’d like to discuss? Could you talk about it for ten minutes? Our soapbox night is a chance for you to give a ten minute talk with a five minute Q&A on any subject that’s broadly related to evidence, science and critical-thinking. Get in touch with us at YorkSkeptics@gmail.com to book your spot on the night or just come along to see what others have to say.

Michael Marshall

When?
Monday, September 24 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

Who?
Michael Marshall

What's the talk about?

In 2013, when Michael Marshall first interviewed the Vice President of the Flat Earth society for his show Be Reasonable, people could scarcely believe that anyone would genuinely think the Earth was flat. Five years later, Flat Earth belief has gone mainstream, spawning thousands of hours of YouTube videos, gaining widespread international media coverage, and attracting countless followers. How did we get here? 

In this talk, Marshall will take us through his experiences of the Flat Earth movement, have a look at the leaders and some of their reasoning, and report back from the weekend he spent at the UK's first ever Flat Earth convention. 

Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society and the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work has seen him organising international homeopathy protests, going undercover to expose psychics and quack medics, and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.

When?
Monday, August 13 2018 at 7:30PM

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75 George Street,
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YO1 9PT

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What's the talk about?

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOT ON OUR USUAL FOURTH MONDAY!

In order to help out our venue The Phoenix with a scheduling mix-up for one of their bands, our August meeting will be two weeks earlier than normal. We'll have an informal social, so come along if you want a chat about matters to do with science and critical thinking.

If you can't make it, don't forget that next month in our usual slot we've the ever-wonderful Michael Marshall speaking about his encounters with Flat-Earthers.

When?
Monday, July 23 2018 at 7:30PM

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75 George Street,
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YO1 9PT

Who?

What's the talk about?

After the success of our previous discussion night, we've decided to bring back the format. This time Dr Graham Smith will lead a discussion that relates to his area of expertise as a wildlife epidemiologist: What do we want to do with our wildlife? In the discussion we'll cover conservation, valuing nature, rewilding and pest management.

Stephen Farrall

When?
Monday, June 25 2018 at 7:30PM

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75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

Who?
Stephen Farrall

What's the talk about?

Stephen Farrall is a sociologist interested in the long-term impact of Thatcherite social and economic policies on crime rates in the UK. With colleagues, he commissioned Generation Right to summarise both the findings of his own and others' research into this topic. The film, which is 40min long, includes interviews with Lords Blunkett, Hurd, Tebbitt and Howard as well as those affected by the policies at the time and since, and other researchers.

More information about this research project can be found here:  http://www.shef.ac.uk/law/research/projects/crimetrajectories and the project's twitter feed can be followed here:  @Thatcher_legacy

Dr Graham Smith

When?
Monday, May 28 2018 at 7:30PM

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75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

Who?
Dr Graham Smith

What's the talk about?

This month we will try a different format with an interactive discussion led by Dr Graham Smith.


All we ask is that you turn up with some background information or opinions on the topics. We will start with a discussion on a couple of related subjects which can seem like simple ideas but become more complex on closer inspection:


(1) Pay equality
(2) Universal basic income. 

This is a first attempt at this new format, so depending on how it goes, we may we may move on to other topics such as "Should we manage population size?", or suggestions from the audience.

Ask Pryce

When?
Monday, April 23 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

Who?
Ask Pryce

What's the talk about?

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the traveling caravan, as Snake Oil Salesman Ash Pryce demonstrates the miraculous curative abilities of psychic surgery, taught to your humble trickster 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, interspersed throughout the show will be numerous on stage demonstrations of mentalism to add an extra layer of entertainment to the proceedings. 
 
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. Described as “ a naturally funny guy [who] won’t allow his audience to be bored” (edfringereview.com) and “A great showman” (NottinghamLive), Ash presents a mix of entertainment, scepticism and magical treats.
 
Find Ash on most social media as “Psychic Conman” and check out his website at www.psychicconman.co.uk
 
Warning to those on the front row… there will be blood!

When?
Monday, March 26 2018 at 7:30PM

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75 George Street,
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Who?

What's the talk about?

Sadly we've been unable to arrange a speaker for this month, but we didn't want to let the month go by without a meeting so there'll be a social at The Phoenix. Please do come along for a chat, and if you have any suggestions for future events or want to get involved, feel free to talk to Rob about your ideas.

When?
Monday, February 26 2018 at 7:30PM

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75 George Street,
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Who?

What's the talk about?

 As we were unable to find a slot for a meeting in December, our annual festive quiz has been moved to February. Come along or an evening of questions related to science and critical thinking last year and throughout history.