It’s the return of our annual skeptical open mic night where anyone with a short, skeptically inclined talk can take to the stage. This is a great opportunity for both speakers and the audience to cover topics that either you wouldn’t normally get a skeptics in the pub, or that wouldn’t fill a full-length talk. Each speaker will give a short talk (between 10-15 minutes) followed by five minutes of Q&A.
Do you have (or are working on) a talk that you would like to bring to the event? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anybody is welcome to come and take part in the open mic, the only prerequisite is that you approach the topic at hand in a skeptical way. PLEASE NOTE: Speakers must have registered before hand; the running order of the night will be decided in advance.
Admission is FREE
Venue: Smoke and Mirrors
What is it good for?
Sexual jealousy is basically a bad thing, a negative emotion, a human weakness, and yet we positively celebrate it in our society. Why? Where does it come from? Can we get rid of it? Should we?
REMOTE VIEWING HOSTAGES:
The Dozier Case
In December 1981 the Italian terrorist organization The Red Brigades kidnapped the US Brigadier General Dozier. This talk focuses on the attempts of the US government sponsored remote viewing team to help locate this individual using psychic means, and the impact this had on the search efforts taking place.
Can Film Represent Reality
From documentaries to reality shows, film and TV often purport to show truth and represent reality as seen in front of the camera. Yet history is full of examples where filmmakers fail to do so, and controversies where films mislead the audience. Is it even possible to give a true representation of reality through film? Or is the concept precluded by the very medium?
I LOVE IT WHEN A SCAM COMES TOGETHER:
Scams, Contricks, Happiness/Behaviour Scams and Fraud
In this talk Sam Downie demonstrates a few tricks that the HR / Coaching industry use within Character Strengths. Sam will also talk briefly on the popularization of the Health and Wellbeing business industry, and positive psychology gurus and experts in the ‘science of happiness’.
ARE HUMANS EVOLVING TO HAVE TWINS?
Twins seem to be much more common these days, but is there an actual increase or is it just my perception? Does having twins mean you have more children in total? If so, does that mean there is selective pressure on humans to have twins? This presentation is a look through the stats on twinning.
CRANIAL SACRAL THERAPY