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Deborah Hyde

When?
Tuesday, August 9 2022 at 7:30PM

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161 Greenwich High Road
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Who?
Deborah Hyde

What's the talk about?

One night in 1875, a young woman in an old, remote house in Cumberland was startled to find a hideous creature picking at the lead on her window pane. As she lay paralysed with fear, it let itself into her room and sucked blood from her neck. How could this have been just an apparition? After all, her brothers saw it too, and it had left a hideous throat wound on the traumatised victim. England isn't usually noted for its vampires, but the Beast of Croglin Grange is one of the notable exceptions. Join us for an evening of tracking the Beast back to its unlikely lair.

Jamie Bartlett

When?
Tuesday, September 13 2022 at 7:30PM

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161 Greenwich High Road
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Who?
Jamie Bartlett

What's the talk about?

Hundreds of Countries. Billions of Dollars. One Lie.

In 2014 a brilliant Oxford graduate called Dr Ruja Ignatova promised to revolutionise money and make people rich in the process. The future, she said, belonged to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. And the self-styled cryptoqueen vowed that she had invented the Bitcoin Killer. She launched OneCoin, an exciting new cryptocurrency that she promised would not only earn its investors untold fortunes, it would change the world. OneCoin swept the globe - becoming one of the fastest companies to make $1 billion in revenue.

By 2017, billions of dollars had been invested in OneCoin in hundreds of countries, from the USA to Pakistan, Hong Kong to Yemen, and the UK to Uganda. But by the end of the year Ruja Ignatova had disappeared, along with the money, and it slowly became clear that her revolutionary cryptocurrency was not all it seemed.

The Missing Cryptoqueen tells the unbelievable story of the rise, disappearance and fall of Dr Ruja Ignatova. It is a modern tale of intrigue, techno-hype and herd madness that reveals how OneCoin became the biggest scam of the 21st Century.

When?
Tuesday, October 11 2022 at 7:30PM

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161 Greenwich High Road
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Who?
Victoria Shepherd

What's the talk about?

Details to be announced.

Dave Green

When?
Tuesday, November 8 2022 at 7:30PM

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161 Greenwich High Road
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Who?
Dave Green

What's the talk about?

Have you ever had a dream in which you knew you were dreaming? If so you have had a lucid dream. Artist Dave Green uses this unique state of consciousness to create drawings in his dreams which he then re-creates upon waking up. Working in collaboration with sleep and dream scientists Dave uses his artworks to explore questions related to the dreaming mind: How do we see in dreams? Who are the other people in your dreams? Can dreams predict the future? Join Dave for an evening of exploration into the dreaming mind. Born in London Dave Green graduated from the Fine Art course at Sheffield Hallam in 2007 but quickly left the art scene behind to become a stand-up comedian. He started making art again during the Covid lockdown when he rekindled his childhood interest in lucid dreaming. Since then Dave's art has been featured in BBC Science Focus and DreamTime magazine. He has lectured about his work at the Tate Modern and is the subject of an upcoming documentary by the World Science Festival.

Michael Marshall

When?
Tuesday, December 13 2022 at 7:30PM

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161 Greenwich High Road
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Who?
Michael Marshall

What's the talk about?

When 2020 brought with it a new strain of coronavirus, the world was plunged into confusion and uncertainty. While most people accepted the realities of the virus, little white stickers began to appear in public around the world claiming COVID-19 was a hoax concocted by the governments of the world to instil fear into their people, as a pretext for introducing new, permanent totalitarian laws. The graffiti was part of a co-ordinated grassroots campaign by a group calling itself The White Rose, urging members of the public to join their encrypted messaging channels to learn more about what was really going on.

So that’s what Michael Marshall, full-time skeptical investigator and activist, did. After spending months undercover in the messaging app Telegram, he has reported on the various conspiracy theories spread by the White Rose, and how groups used the Covid crisis to radicalise vaccine hesitant members of the public into a dangerous ecosystem of misinformation and extremism.

Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society, Editor of The Skeptic, and President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast, and presents investigative reporting on the Skeptics with a K 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, The New Statesman and New Scientist.

Dr Brian Klaas

When?
Tuesday, January 10 2023 at 7:30PM

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161 Greenwich High Road
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Who?
Dr Brian Klaas

What's the talk about?

Does power corrupt or are corrupt people drawn to power? Why do we so often end up with depraved imbeciles in positions of authority in modern society? And is our leadership mess inevitable, or is it something we can change? Drawing on over 500 interviews with former despots, cult leaders, rebel commanders, police officers, CEOs, former British prime ministers, and petty tyrants in our neighborhoods, Brian Klaas has answered those questions (and many more) in his latest book Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us. In this talk, he will answer pressing questions about power and corruption, weaving together stories from his research across the globe with the latest findings in political science, neuroscience, psychology, and evolutionary biology.

Dr. Brian Klaas is associate professor of global politics at University College London and a contributing writer for The Atlantic. He is the author of four books, including The Despot's Apprentice, The Despot's Accomplice, How to Rig an Election, and his most recent, Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us. Klaas, a former weekly columnist at The Washington Post, has had his work featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and many other publications. He regularly appears on national and international media outlets, including the BBC, CNN, and MSNBC. Klaas is also the creator and host of the award-winning Power Corrupts podcast. He received his BA from Carleton College in his home state of Minnesota and his MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford.

Paul Zenon

When?
Tuesday, March 14 2023 at 7:30PM

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161 Greenwich High Road
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Who?
Paul Zenon

What's the talk about?

Details of talk to be announced.

 

Paul is an award-winning magician, comedian, actor, author and pundit with around four decades of performing experience in around forty countries, and he is a Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle. He was the pioneer of the Street Magic genre, with several one-man specials on C4 and ITV, and has made literally hundreds of television appearances, including being a regular Dictionary Corner guest on C4’s Countdown.

When?
Tuesday, May 9 2023 at 12:00AM

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161 Greenwich High Road
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Who?
Dr Ema Sullivan-Bissett

What's the talk about?

To be announced