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Mark Sutton

When?
Monday, May 22 2017 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
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South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Mark Sutton

What's the talk about?

In this talk, Mark Sutton informs why a monarchy is corrosive within any democracy and how the British people deserve a better system for all.

Mark Sutton has been The Co-ordinator for Republic in Yorkshire for most of their 5 years of existence.


In that time they have visited virtually every sizeable city and town in the county engaging with the general public. They can often also be found at political events up and down the region, and have regularly appeared in the press and on radio several times plus twice on TV as well as a three page article in a national newspaper only last year.

Although Mar live in Newark on Trent through marriage he considers himself a proud Yorkshireman and son of Wakefield, where he can be found regularly as a lifelong supporter of the Mighty Wakefield Trinity. He is also an obsessive music fan with something of a photographic memory for a tune.

Michael Heap

When?
Monday, April 24 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Michael Heap

What's the talk about?

Certain paranormal claims and practices may be explained by suggestion and suggestibility. This presentation examines a number of these that are associated with a particular kind of suggestibility known as the ideomotor effect.

They include dowsing, various forms of communication with 'the spirit world', and some unusual therapeutic practices.  These will be illustrated with several brief video presentations. There will be a demonstration of dowsing and at the end of the evening all those attending should be able to dowse.

Michael is a clinical & forensic psychologist and is the Chairman and co-founder of the Association for Skeptical Enquiry (ASKE)

Rajin Chowdhury

When?
Monday, March 27 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
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Who?
Rajin Chowdhury

What's the talk about?

Why do doctors sometimes render their patients unconscious? What is a "medically-induced coma"? Do anaesthetists really do crosswords once patients are asleep? How do you know when to stop CPR? And how do you determine somebody is dead? And why does anaesthetics have anything to do with intensive care?

If you've ever wondered about any of these things, this talk is for you. Raj hopes to remove some of the mystery around anaesthetics and intensive care, two of the least well-understood but most exciting specialities in modern clinical practice.

Dr Rajin Chowdhury is an anaesthetic and intensive care registrar working in Sheffield and South Yorkshire. He qualified from the University of Sheffield in 2010 where he is an Honorary Clinical Teacher. He began specialty training in anaesthetics in 2013 and is now dual training in both anaesthetics and intensive care to become a consultant in 2022-3.

He works regularly with unconscious patients. This includes elective and emergency anaesthesia in the operating theatre and management of the "medically-induced coma" on the intensive care unit.

 

Myles Power

When?
Monday, February 27 2017 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
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South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Myles Power

What's the talk about?

For decades now, we have been told by organisations like Greenpeace, GM-Freeze, and Friends of the Earth that genetical modified (GM) food is dangerous and has been shown to be harmful to humans.They have done a great job at convincing the population of their dangers by quoting scientific literature that claims GM-food has been shown, among other things, to cause cancer, leukaemia, and stomach inflammation; but is there really any truth to this? What do the papers these organisations are promoting really say, and do they have any flaws? Or, in actual fact, are GMOs going to kill us all?

In his talk, Myles is going to critique several highly referenced anti-GM papers, looking past their veneer of good science, and discovering what they really say about GMOs and the people who promote them. Myles Power and runs the educational YouTube channel powerm1985. He is a chemist who is currently working in industry, but what little free time he has is spent sharing his love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest and angry rants at pseudoscience opponents. Myles has many years of experience working in a research lab, which has given him the skills he needs to research and debunk various psuedoscience theories. Some of the theories he has discussed on his YouTube channel include AIDS denialists, 911 truthers, the anti-vaccination movement and homeopathy to name a few. Myles is also one of the founding members of the podcast The League of Nerds which he co-hosts with James from The History of Infection.

Graham Smith

When?
Monday, January 23 2017 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
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Who?
Graham Smith

What's the talk about?

Most of us rely on reading the news or other information in newspapers or online. How do we know if this information is being represented correctly? How can we assess the validity of any claim? Graham will use examples from various sources to ask if the information is misrepresented. This talk will be interactive and engage you critical thinking.

Dr Graham Smith has spent over 20 years working in scientific research for the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs collecting, analysing and interpreting data on wildlife problems. He has a keen interest in critical thinking and has given talks around the country on different aspects the subject. He is a regular attendee at York Skeptics and has helped with organisation since their first meeting.

Kevin Precious

When?
Monday, December 12 2016 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
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Who?
Kevin Precious

What's the talk about?

NOTE: This event is not on our usual Monday and is 2 weeks earlier on the 12th December.

Kevin Precious is a former RE teacher turned stand-up comedian and promoter. Besides having played many of the top clubs in the land, he also promotes shows in arts centres and theatres under the Barnstormers Comedy banner. He has previously toured the country with a stand-up show entitled 'Not Appropriate', dedicated to the business of teaching.

In between the various comedic activites, he attends his local humanist group - he's an agnostic, folks - where he loves a good old debate about the big questions in life. Expect jokes and stories then, about his time as an RE teacher, being a humanist, the God-Shaped Hole, and the philosophy of religion... and you can ask him a few questions of your own afterwards, if you wish.

David Alnwick

When?
Monday, November 28 2016 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
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South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
David Alnwick

What's the talk about?

Off the back of last year's sell out tour, The Cult of Dave, and his TV special, Dave Alnwick: Trickster, Dave is back with his new hour long show: MIND WIZARD.

Expect misdirection, mind reading and manipulation. Will you be converted?

After each show there will be a Q&A where Dave will highlight some of the techniques used in the show.

"They were burning people for this 300 years ago" - Phill Jupitus

Dave Sahman

When?
Monday, October 24 2016 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
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Who?
Dave Sahman

What's the talk about?

The two biggest puzzles in physics today are dark matter and dark energy. Together they make up 96% of the Universe yet we know very little about either. Dave will set out what we do know about them, some of the theories that have been put forward to explain them, and the research that is underway to find out more. Finally, Dave will outline the ongoing work by Sheffield researchers.

Dave Sahman spent his career as a Finance Director in the public sector, but held a lifelong interest in astronomy. Following his retirement a few year ago, he began a PhD with the University of Sheffield, his research focuses on binary stars.

Jon Scaife

When?
Monday, September 26 2016 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
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Who?
Jon Scaife

What's the talk about?

We weigh other people up. It’s adaptively useful to assess how others might interact with us. Could they be threats? Allies? Very quickly and usually unconsciously we judge someone’s age, gender, height, strength, social status, sexual potential, mood and wealth. Although it takes longer we also make judgments about personality and about intellectual and other capabilities. There are many ways of expressing assessments of capabilities: she’s bright, he’s thick, he’s got bags of potential, she’s a sandwich short of a picnic, he’s in a low ability group, she’s very intelligent, she’ll never be a gymnast, he’s got amazing talent.

Jon will argue that ability and intelligence are fictions that have spread beyond the thinking and the practices of psychologists and teachers to permeate global culture. We are ability-labellers by default. Jon will argue that this matters, that it is unjustifiable at best and, at worst, could be regarded as abusive and even violent. But all is not lost! Drawing on the concept of ‘mindset’ from Carol Dweck and others there are ways forward.

The session should be particularly helpful to those with children and provocative to psychologists and teachers.

Dr Jon Scaife researches and teaches in the School of Education at Sheffield University. His main interests are in the nature of knowledge and in how people learn. He is invited to teach on these themes in many countries. He plays guitar and fiddle, enjoys puzzles and is an ever hopeful golfer.

Stephen Smith

When?
Monday, August 22 2016 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Stephen Smith

What's the talk about?

Stephen will look at the problems of legal aid, the impact of crime on society and whether custodial sentences truly reflect the views of society.

Stephen D Smith was born in Sheffield in Yorkshire and entered the legal profession in 1965, working from the general office up to qualifying as a solicitor in 1979 and forming his own practice in 1981.

He has attracted a number of controversial cases, appearing in Courts all over the country and in Germany and Northern Ireland. He also had a part to play in the famous Bulger case.

One of his famous cases was the “Biker Case” of John Megson who was wrongly convicted of murder. He appeared in two BBC Rough Justice television programmes before winning an appeal to affect Megson’s release. He appeared on two of the famous BBC “Rough Justice” programmes in relation to the famous Biker murder case, which resulted in the best selling book “Hell is not for Angels”.

He is the author of eight books including the highly successful legal series of stories, which prompted the Yorkshire Post to regard him as the “legal James Herriot” and the Times, who described him as the “Rumpole of Rotherham”.

You can also read a lot more about Steve on the following websites – www.yourstevesmith.com or www.wilfordsmith.co.uk

Nick Read

When?
Monday, July 25 2016 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Nick Read

What's the talk about?

The history of medicine over the last 100 years has been nothing short of miraculous. The diseases that used to kill millions, smallpox, tuberculosis, typhoid, typhus, cholera, pneumonia have all but disappeared. Doctors have effective treatments for heart failure, diabetes, renal failure, liver failure, colitis, coeliac disease, and many other long term conditions. They can prevent heart attacks, strokes, treat Parkinson’s Disease and arrest the course of many different cancers. People are living far longer; eighty is the new sixty.

We have come a long way and might be forgiven for thinking that human disease will soon become a historical curiosity, a thing of the past. Yet why is it that nearly twice as many people harbour long term illnesses now than they did 40 years ago. Obesity, food intolerance, the Irritable Bowel, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Dementia, auto-immune disease, allergy are so much more common that they used to be; some were unknown 40 years ago. Modern medicine has failed to keep up with the long march of poorly explained illnesses; the 40% of the population that are chronically sick usually have several diagnoses. So what is going on? Is it all in the mind? Is it lifestyle; greed, sloth and the obesity epidemic? Does our diet and antibiotics deplete the beneficial bacteria that make up 90% of the cells in our body? Is it all the above and more?

Medical philosophy has remained stuck in heady days of the last century – a pill for every ill - make a definitive diagnosis, apply a specific treatment and receive thanks from a grateful patient. It has become clear that this approach does not work for most ‘illness’, yet people are conditioned to expect it and doctors trained to deliver it. We urgently need to change the paradigm for long term sickness, while retaining the technological miracles for those who need them. Nick's talk will propose a way that this could happen, which might even save money.

Dr Nick Read (www.nickread.co.uk) is a retired gastroenterologist, physiologist and nutritionist and currently maintains a private practice in psychotherapy. During his academic career, he held chairs in Gastrointestinal Physiology, Human Nutrition and Integrated Medicine at The University of Sheffield, published over 500 original papers and reviews and 11 books, including ‘Sick and Tired; healing the illnesses, doctors cannot cure,’ (Phoenix, 2006), which helps people understand and manage illnesses that have no clear cause or pathology. Dr Read is now an active blogger (www.thesensitivegut.wordpress.com) and the Chair of Trustees and medical adviser for The IBS Network (www.theibsnetwork.org), the UK’s national charity for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with a mission to facilitate patient efficacy and self-management. A dedicated advocate of self-care, Dr Read attempts to delay the ageing process by fell running, wild swimming and infinite curiosity.  His latest book, Cooking for The Sensitive Gut (Pavilion, 2016), co-authored with Joan Ransley, was published in January.

Why should we care if our friends are similar to us?

Katherine Woolf

When?
Monday, June 27 2016 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Katherine Woolf

What's the talk about?

Do you find yourself making friends with people like you? Katherine Woolf draws on her often controversial research to explore why this happens, and its impact on success and injustice. Discover how you can challenge the status quo to create a fairer, more integrated, more successful society.

Dr Katherine Woolf is a Senior Lecturer and academic psychologist working at UCL Medical School finding out what makes people – especially doctors – do really well or really badly. Her work focusses on how and why ethnicity and gender influence success, and how we can use this knowledge to improve fairness and equality. She has recently been discovering how our choice of friends can make a big difference to our success.