Dr Kevin Felstead

When?
Wednesday, September 2 2015 at 7:30PM

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60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY

Who?
Dr Kevin Felstead

What's the talk about?

Hypnotised, sedated and brainwashed, Carol’s childhood memories were eradicated and her mind was reordered through 20 years of protracted psychotherapy. Assigned a new identity, separated from her family, a myth was created around Carol which helped stoke the entire Satanic Abuse panic in the United Kingdom. Out of the blue, in 2005, Carol phoned her brother and said that she wanted to return home. One week later she died in mysterious circumstances. Her family then embarked on a quest to discover the truth about Carol’s life and death. Caught up in a frightening conspiracy of silence, misinformation and institutional cover-ups, they discovered what really happened to her mind, body and soul.

In 2014 Carol’s family were granted permission by the Solicitor General to apply to the High Court to order a new hearing and to quash the findings of the original inquest into her death.

Dr Kevin Felstead completed a doctorate in history at Keele University where he taught undergraduate courses on the history of crime, policing and punishment since 1800. He later taught American history at Liverpool Hope University College; subsequently Kevin was employed by High Peak Borough Council and from 2003 to 2011 by Manchester City Council working in the field of community safety, neighbourhood crime and justice. Kevin is the author (with Richard Felstead) of Justice for Carol – The True Story of Carol Felstead. He is currently employed as Director of Communications for the British False Memory Society.

More information about the Justice for Carol campaign can be found at http://www.justiceforcarol.com.

A special event with the European Skeptics Congress

When?
Thursday, September 10 2015 at 7:30PM

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Goldsmiths Students' Union
Dixon Road
New Cross
London
SE14 6NW

Who?
Chris French, Wendy Grossman, Mike Heap, Mike Hutchinson, Deborah Hyde, Michael Marshall, Ian Ridpath, Richard Wiseman

What's the talk about?

Greenwich Skeptics in the Pub presents: 'The Growth of Skepticism: The UK Experience' with Chris French, Wendy Grossman, Mike Heap, Mike Hutchinson, Deborah Hyde, Michael Marshall, Ian Ridpath and last but not least, Richard Wiseman.

Each will give a brief talk about the growth of skepticism in the UK. European colleagues are very welcome to share their experiences in their own countries.

This meeting is in 'The Stretch' in Goldsmith College's Students Union on Thursday September 10th and the first speaker is scheduled for 19.30. Being a Skeptics in the Pub event, the atmosphere will be informal and there will of course be a bar!

Please note that this event is in addition to our normal monthly meetings, and is not in our usual venue!

This is an additional event to the main European Skeptics Congress that delegates and non-delegates may attend, tickets for each costing only £5. You may pay at the door but it is best to purchase tickets in advance. To do this or to obtain further information on payment please click here to register on the European Skeptics Congress website.

A special event with the European Skeptics Congress

Gustav Khun

When?
Friday, September 11 2015 at 7:30PM

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Goldsmiths Students' Union
Dixon Road
New Cross
London
SE14 6NW

Who?
Gustav Khun

What's the talk about?

Magic is one of the oldest art forms, and for centuries magicians have created illusions of the impossible. Some have used these illusions as demonstrations of supernatural powers. However, advances in psychology and neuroscience offer new insights into why our minds are so easily deceived. I am a magician and psychologist with an interest in researching some of the mechanisms involved in magic. Instead of relying on supernatural powers, magicians have developed powerful psychological principle to distort our perception and thoughts.

In this talk we will explore some of the principles used by magicians to distort your perception. For example, we will look at how magicians use misdirection to manipulate your attention and thereby prevent you from noticing things even though they might be right in front of your eyes. Alternatively, magicians may manipulate your expectations about the world and thus bias the way you perceive objects and can even make you see things that aren’t necessarily there. At first sight, our proneness to being fooled by conjuring tricks could be interpreted as a weakness of the human mind. However, contrary to this popular belief, I will demonstrate that these “errors” in fact reveal the complexity of visual perception and highlight the ingenuity of the human mind.

Dr Gustav Kuhn worked as a professional magician and it was his interest in deception and illusions that sparked a curiosity about the human mind. Gustav is a senior lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, and one of the leading researchers in the science of magic.

This meeting is in 'The Stretch' in Goldsmith College's Students Union on Friday September 11th starting at 19.30. Being a Skeptics in the Pub event, the atmosphere will be informal and there will of course be a bar!

Please note that this event is in addition to our normal monthly meetings, and is not in our usual venue!

This is an additional event to the main European Skeptics Congress that delegates and non-delegates may attend, tickets for each costing only £5. You may pay at the door but it is best to purchase tickets in advance. To do this or to obtain further information on payment please click here to register on the European Skeptics Congress website.

Ash Pryce

When?
Wednesday, October 7 2015 at 7:30PM

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60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born. This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication.

Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry this fun show has regularly packed venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Ash has performed frequently at Skeptics in the Pub groups to positive responses.

NB: This is a skeptically themed show and not intended as an actual demonstration of mediumship or psychic abilities

Rob Bailey

When?
Wednesday, November 4 2015 at 7:30PM

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60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY

Who?
Rob Bailey

What's the talk about?

Rob Bailey is a Chartered Psychologist, a member of the Magic Circle and a veteran of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where, for 4 years he performed a one-man show as a ‘mind reader’. During that time, he felt increasing unease that although the show was meant to parody psychic powers and encourage critical thinking, he has risked replacing the audience’s beliefs in the paranormal with unwarranted beliefs in impossible psychological powers.

His new show is a response to that: Rob has stripped his routines back to include only genuine psychological principles. He will perform a few routines, followed by explanations (e.g. quirks of bias, memory and perception).

Exclusively for the Skeptics in the Pub audience, he will also discuss his thoughts about the pitfalls of attempting to promote critical thinking by using illusions.

Deborah Hyde

When?
Wednesday, December 2 2015 at 7:30PM

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60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY

Who?
Deborah Hyde

What's the talk about?

Krampus, a demon-like creature from Alpine folklore, punishes naughty children at Christmas - in contrast with Jolly St Nicholas who brings presents. Krampusnacht, usually celebrated on December 5th, involves dressing up as the Krampus and roaming the streets frightening children with chains and bells. The Krampus phenomenon has been re-kindled; growing in popularity in the US and increasingly appearing in the UK.

We'll look at where Christmas really comes from. See if you get candies.... or coal and a thrashing!