6th July 2020 – Michael Marshall: The rise and rise of Flat Earth belief

NOTE THIS IS NOT ON OUR USUAL WEDNESDAY AND NOT IN OUR USUAL VENUE. This is a special event jointly organized with Bristol Humanists. It takes place at Unitarian Meeting Hall, Brunswick Square. There is a cover charge of £3.

Event details

In 2013, Michael Marshall interviewed the Vice President of the Flat Earth Society for his podcast Be Reasonable. At the time, such ‘true believers’ were extremely rare. But in the seven years since, Flat Earth belief has gone mainstream, spawning thousands of hours of YouTube videos, widespread international media coverage, and countless followers. In the age of science, reason and rationality – how did we get here?!

In this talk, Michael will talk through his experiences of the Flat Earth movement, take 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.

DOORS: 19:00

START: 19:30

Venue: Unitarian Meeting Hall, Brunswick Square, BS2 8PE

Speaker biography

Michael Marshall is one of the UK’s highest-profile Skeptics. He is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society, Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society, and co-founder of the annual QED conference. Michael’s work has seen him organising international homeopathy protests, going undercover to expose psychics and quack medics, and investigating extraordinary claims of all types. He has written for The Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.

Michael also co-hosts the popular Skeptics with a K podcast, the official podcast of the Merseyside Skeptics Society.

The Good Thinking Society is a small charity that is pro-science and anti-pseudoscience, and actively involved in promoting maths teaching. It was founded (and is chaired) by the mathematician and physicist Simon Singh, well-known for his best-seller Fermat’s Last Theorem and for having been sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association, a case which he eventually won

The entrance fee is £3 (reduced rate £1), although members of Bristol Humanists attend free of charge. Membership costs £20 pa (or £5 reduced rate). If you wish to become a member, please download the form at this link. http://bristol.humanist.org.uk/membership/.

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