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.

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).

The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories

Karen Douglas

When?
Wednesday, September 14 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
Karen Douglas

What's the talk about?

Was 9/11 an inside job? Is climate change a hoax? Was Princess Diana murdered? Millions of people appear to think so, disbelieving official explanations for significant events in favour of alternative accounts that are often called ‘conspiracy theories’.

In recent years, psychologists have begun to investigate what makes conspiracy theories appealing to so many people. In this talk, Karen will broadly overview what psychologists have found out so far, and will discuss some of her own findings on the causes and consequences of believing in conspiracy theories.

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Karen Douglas is a Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. She studies the psychology of conspiracy theories and the social consequences of conspiracism.

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Free entry. All welcome.

James Brown

When?
Wednesday, October 12 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
James Brown

What's the talk about?

Hypnosis is a subject that divides opinion. The Marmite of the entertainment industry if you like. The problem is that hypnosis has been shrouded in mystery for years and the reasons why it works, or at least appear to, are as numerous as they are contradictory.

In this demonstration/talk James Brown will show you what is really going on when someone is hypnotised and along the way ‘kill some of the gods’. Sleep, trance, relaxation are all synonymous with hypnosis but during the course of the evening James will prove that they are not needed at all… Hypnosis really isn’t how it appears…

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James has a background originally within the field of psychiatric nursing which grew over time into a love of the mind. Just after leaving university James became interested in the link between his understanding of psychology and the conjuring’s of the magician. This led to an eventual career change and a life pursuing magic, con artistry, persuasion and hypnosis. 20 years on, his work life is divided between lecturing, performing and consulting for media projects and his training company POWA Academy. Somewhere in all this he also wrote a book.