Skeptics in the Pub, Reading

Thinking and drinking, humour and debate. Monthly talks and challenging discussions for people interested in science, critical thinking, evidence-based policy, or just life-long learning. Myths are debunked, accepted wisdom is challenged, new discoveries are celebrated.

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Ongoing adventures in the world of pseudoscience

Michael Marshall

When?
Monday, February 15 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

11 Castle St
Reading
RG1 7SB

Who?
Michael Marshall

What's the talk about?

It’s easy to think of pseudoscience existing in a glass case at a museum – something to be examined and critiqued from a safe distance, but not something to touch and to play with. Using examples taken from his own personal experiences in skepticism, Michael Marshall will show what happens when you begin to crack the surface of the pseudosciences that surround us – revealing the surprising, sometimes-shocking and often-comic adventures that lie beneath.

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 and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.

Dr Kathrin Cohen Kadosh

When?
Monday, March 21 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

11 Castle St
Reading
RG1 7SB

Who?
Dr Kathrin Cohen Kadosh

What's the talk about?

In retrospect, most people would probably describe their teenage years as a period of emotional and social turmoil. Yet there is more to the transitional period from childhood to adulthood than upheaval and social awkwardness. In this talk, Kathrin Cohen Kadosh will focus on recent studies that have highlighted the unique changes in both behaviour and the brain during adolescence, and will show how ongoing development can provide the individual with unique opportunities for learning and plasticity.

Kathrin Cohen Kadosh is co-director of the REDD (Researching Emotional Disorders and Development) laboratory in Oxford, where her research focuses on the development and plasticity in social cognitive brain networks, in typically developing children and adolescents and in high anxious participants. Kathrin is also a STEM Ambassador for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical Network, encouraging young people to enjoy STEM subjects.