Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub is brand new for 2014!

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at The Brunswick Pub, 199 Malmesbury Park Rd, Charminster, BH8 8PX (5 minutes by car or 15 minutes on foot from Bournemouth Station).

Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub invite a guest speaker every month to come and discuss something interesting with us. The talks can be about science, reason and critical thinking, conspiracy, the paranormal, cults and so on. Listen, have a drink and ask some questions of our speaker.

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An Introduction to Anomalistic Psychology

Chris French

When?
Wednesday, January 14 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
Chris French

What's the talk about?

Ever since records began, in every known society, a substantial proportion of the population has reported unusual experiences many of which we would today label as “paranormal”. Opinion polls show that the majority of the general public accepts that paranormal phenomena do occur. Such widespread experience of and belief in the paranormal can only mean one of two things. Either the paranormal is real, in which case this should be accepted by the wider scientific community which currently rejects such claims; or else belief in and experience of ostensibly paranormal phenomena can be fully explained in terms of psychological factors.
 
This presentation will provide an introduction to the sub-discipline of anomalistic psychology, which may be defined as the study of extraordinary phenomena of behaviour and experience, in an attempt to provide non-paranormal explanations in terms of known psychological and physical factors. This approach will be illustrated with examples relating to a range of ostensibly paranormal phenomena.
 
Speaker
 
Professor Chris French is the Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, as well as being a Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association and a member of the Scientific and Professional Advisory Board of the British False Memory Society.
 
He has published over 120 articles and chapters covering a wide range of topics within psychology. His main area of research is the psychology of paranormal beliefs and anomalous experiences. He frequently appears on radio and television casting a sceptical eye over paranormal claims, as well as writing for the Guardian and The Skeptic magazine which, for more than a decade, he also edited.
 
His most recent books are Why Statues Weep, co-edited with Wendy Grossman, Anomalistic Psychology, co-authored with Nicola Holt, Christine Simmonds-Moore, and David Luke, and Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience co-authored with Anna Stone.
 
Follow him on Twitter: @chriscfrench
 

Fighting Back Against Criminal Graphs

Colin Beveridge

When?
Wednesday, April 8 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
Colin Beveridge

What's the talk about?

There’s no such thing as an innocent graph. Almost by definition, any representation of data omits some details, and glosses over others. That’s to be expected.

But innocence is a sliding scale - and political graphs are often at the dirty end of it. With a general election coming up, it’s vital to be wise to the tricks they’ll use to convince you they’re the only sensible candidate to vote for - from selective use of data, to playing about with axes, to more subtle tricks… and to outright making things up (sorry, ‘informal polling’).

This talk uses examples from election literature to warn you about these sneaky tactics - and give you questions with which to harangue the candidates when they canvass for your vote.



Colin is the author of Basic Maths For Dummies and the Flying Colours Maths Blog (where the Maths Police hang out). When not holding politicians’ feet to the fire, he looks after baby Bill and helps students figure out A-level maths. He lives in Weymouth in a house with the same kind of sea view as Fawlty Towers.