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Helen Keen

When?
Thursday, March 21 2013 at 7:30PM

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35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Helen Keen

What's the talk about?

Award-winning comedian and star of BBC Radio 4's hit space comedy It Is Rocket ScienceHelen Keen returns to Aberdeen with fusion of stand-up, science fiction & science fact that will transport you into the exciting, inventive and tinfoil-y world of The Future (by at least 45 minutes).

ADMISSION IS FREE BUT BOOKING IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT - http://helenkeenaberdeen.eventbrite.co.uk

This event is part of National Science and Engineering week to check out other events happening see = (http://www.abdn.ac.uk/engage/nsew) and was sponsored by the British Science Association 

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Prof Ian Reid

When?
Thursday, February 28 2013 at 7:30PM

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35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Prof Ian Reid

What's the talk about?

Antidepressant prescribing has more than quadrupled over the last decade. What does this mean? Will everyone be addicted to them soon? Are we medicalising everyday distress? Why don't we get to the root of the problem with talking treatments anyway? Do antidepressant drugs work? How do they work?
 
Prof Ian Reid, Division of Applied Medicine will debate these questions and more. Bring your preconceptions, but be prepared to lose them...

Electromagnetic Radiation and Health

Lee Christie

When?
Thursday, January 31 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Lee Christie

What's the talk about?

Electromagnetic radiation, it surrounds us and penetrates us. With more mobile phone masts and Wi-fi access points being put up than ever before, some claim it’s making a small number of sensitive individuals ill. Some even claim it’s killing us. But what is electromagnetic radiation, and how do we know if it's hurting us?

Lee will take us through some of the stories of people with health concerns they believe are due to electromagnetic radiation, and how we can use provocation trials, and an understanding of physics, chemistry and biology to find out more about this often misunderstood subject. He will also look at how giving these concerns more merit than they deserve could risk our information infrastructure.

Lee Christie is a PhD Student at the Robert Gordon University, blogger at The 21st Floor, and founder and president of the RGU Freethought Society. He enjoys coding and has a keen interest in science, skepticism and atheism.
 

Professor Matthew Cobb

When?
Tuesday, December 4 2012 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Professor Matthew Cobb

What's the talk about?

Where do babies come from? The amazing story of egg and sperm.

This talk covers 40,000 years of human thinking about where life comes from, focusing on a few years of astonishing discovery in the 17th century when both egg and sperm were discovered, but their roles 
remained completely obscure. Along the way we will meet some weird and wonderful thinkers including the founder of geology who is now on his way to becoming a saint, his insect-obsessed friend who dissected a delirious virgin who had killed herself, and an uncouth Dutch draper who was the executor of Vermeer's will.

Includes handy do-it-yourself experiments, such as 'what happens if a man ejaculates into a glass of 
wine?'

Scepticism in Contemporary Philosophy

Dr Federico Luzzi

When?
Thursday, November 22 2012 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Dr Federico Luzzi

What's the talk about?

The Moon orbits the Earth. Scotland shares a border with England. The most recent Olympics took place in London. Barack Obama hopes to win the 2012 U.S. election.

We all think we know these things. But in contemporary philosophy, there are some surprisingly powerful arguments according to which we know none of these things. If these arguments are correct, then we grossly overestimate how much we know.

Are these sceptical arguments correct? Must we respond to them in order to take ourselves to know what we think we know? Is scepticism—the view that we know much less than we think we do—the right view to hold?

Federico Luzzi is Outreach & Knowledge Transfer Officer at the University of Aberdeen. His interests lie in the theory of knowledge, philosophy with children and, more generally, in making philosophy accessible to wider audiences.

Dr Roderick Scott

When?
Thursday, October 25 2012 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Dr Roderick Scott

What's the talk about?

Neanderthals did it? We have all done it  a lot as children but most of us stop doing it  during development into adulthood. What is it, why would we stop doing it and can it tell us anything about brain function and dysfunction? It is making visual art, such as drawing and painting. Most people stop producing visual art because areas of the brain which suppress the motivation for art production become more dominant. But what happens if these brain areas become damaged by disease or injury? In this talk I shall look at work by Van Gogh, de Kooning, Horn, Sarkin, McHugh, Dubuffet, Wolfi and Corbaz and discuss issues raised by tertiary syphilis, Alzheimer’s disease, mental health, disinhibition and the anterior region of the temporal lobe of the brain.
 

Roderick Scott is an artist printmaker during his leisure time, at work he is an electrophysiologist. He mainly works on the actions of naturally occurring compounds including cannabis-like chemicals and marine sponge toxins on the electrical excitability of cells. As an artist his work includes graphic witness type, black and white lino cut prints in which he tries to capture world events of our time, usually bad ones.
 

Dr Gordon Prescott

When?
Thursday, September 20 2012 at 7:30PM

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35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Dr Gordon Prescott

What's the talk about?

How do we weigh up risks reported in the media? When does a danger merit real concern? How should we interpret reported risks? How should we use these to inform or influence our daily decisions?

No single scientific study can provide a complete answer or prove that one thing causes another. The scientific process of moving gradually from many hypotheses to a consensus view based on evidence does not lend itself to producing sound bites. In contrast, the media can most easily present clear, concise messages illustrated by the potential short term consequences for a typical person.

Different ways of presenting information about risks can create different impressions of the practical importance of scientific findings to an individual. There is always a balance between potential risks and potential benefits of any action, whether that is the decision to prescribe a treatment or to change a government policy. Examples from health research will be used to examine issues related to the presentation and interpretation of statistics in the media.

Gordon Prescott is a senior lecturer in medical statistics at the University of Aberdeen. His work involves application of statistical methods to medical research questions, the development of statistical methodology and the training of health care professionals

Charles Paxton

When?
Sunday, September 9 2012 at 1:00PM

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Where?

Fraser Noble Building, Old Aberdeen

Who?
Charles Paxton

What's the talk about?

Join Dr Charles Paxton from the University of St Andrews in talks and demonstrations to explore what the possibilities are of unknown animals being discovered in the world's rivers, lakes and seas.

What does psychology, ecology and statistics tell us about the reality of people reporting monsters?

Part of the British Science Festival in Aberdeen

Location: Fraser Noble Building, Lecture Theatre 2, University of Aberdeen

A free event, but you can book it on the British Science Festival website here

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Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub's Pub Quiz

Hosted by Alok Jha (The Guardian)

When?
Thursday, September 6 2012 at 8:00PM

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Where?

22 Netherkirkgate,
Aberdeen,
AB10 1AU

Who?
Hosted by Alok Jha (The Guardian)

What's the talk about?

As part of the British Science Festival happening right here in Aberdeen we present to you our very own Skeptics in the Pub Pub Quiz.

Join us and Alok Jha (The Guardian) as we test your general knowledge with a slice of science - you don't need to be Stephen Hawking to win.

*Note this event is happening at The Illicit Still*

Your guide to talks & events with a skeptical twist at the BSF

Various

When?
Tuesday, September 4 2012 at 9:00AM

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Where?

Aberdeen

Who?
Various

What's the talk about?

This year Aberdeen hosts the British Science Festival for the first time since 1963!

There is a huge volume of awesome talks and events taking place on 4th - 9th September all over the city and here is Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub's guide to the events we don't think you should miss.

The Quantum Universe - Brian Cox
Just what is quantum physics? How does it help us understand the world? Where does it leave Newton and Einstein? And why can we be sure that the theory is good? The bizarre behaviour of the atoms and energy that make up the universe has led to some very woolly pronouncements on the nature of all interconnectedness. Join Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw to talk about the real science, and the profound theory that allows for concrete, yet astonishing predictions about the world.
Thurs 6th Sep, 18.15-1915 £10.00
SOLD OUT 
Arts Lecture Theatre, University of Aberdeen

Sweet Dreams - Richard Wiseman
Join psychologist Richard Wiseman as he delves deep into the science of sleep and dreaming. Why do you dream? Is it possible to control your dreams? Do your dreams predict the future? How do you get the perfect night’s sleep? Richard reveals what happens when your brain goes to sleep, and the new technology that claims to be able to create your perfect dream.
Sat 8th Sep, 20.00-21.00 £10.00
Arts Lecture Theatre, University of Aberdeen

Food Addiction: Fact or Fiction
There are many complex factors which lead to people being overweight or obese, but the basic question is why do some people eat too much? Are they addicted to food? Join our international panel of psychiatrists and scientists to explore whether eating food can be so rewarding that it leads to a state of addiction similar to that seen with alcohol and drugs. 
Wed 5th Sep 10.00-12.00 FREE
Meston Building, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Aberdeen

The Ethics and Technology of Seeing Through Clothes (Isambard Kingdom Brunel Award Lecture) 

This exploration of vision will tell you what other animals see that we can’t. What is the truth and that is the hype with x-ray vision? How well can machines really see through clothes? What sort of images do they take and how are they used? What does this mean for society? 
Wed 5th Sep 12.00-13.00 FREE
King’s College Conference Centre, Auditorium, University of Aberdeen
 
Why Do Some People Become Psychopaths? (Joseph Lister Award Lecture) 
Psychopaths have callous and unemotional personality traits, and often engage in criminal and antisocial activities. What makes these people stand out is their lack of empathy and emotion about their antisocial behaviour. We can see similar traits in children who are at risk of developing  psychopathy. This talk reviews antisocial behaviour in children, in terms of genetics, brain structure, and behavioural development. 
Thurs 6th Sep 12.00-13.00 FREE
King’s College Conference Centre, Auditorium, University of Aberdeen
 
Can You Be Religious and Scientific (without going crazy)?
The argument about the compatibility of myth (or religion) with science is not new, it goes back to ancient Greece. The rise of science as the modern way of explaining events in the world has simply raised the issue even more intensely. Our panel of speakers will debate their views on the issue. 
Sat 8th Sep 15.30-17.30 FREE
Fraser Noble Building, Lecture Theatre 2, University of Aberdeen
 
Showing Mercy or a Licence to Kill? Assisted Suicide 
Get involved in a spirited discussion about this controversial topic. We will begin by asking you to  vote and share your opinion, then you’ll hear from the speakers for both sides, including Peter Kiehlmann, Aberdeen GP who recently worked on the Scottish National Action Plan for Palliative Care. You’ll then vote again and see if hearing the arguments has caused you to change your views. 
Sun 9th Sep 10.00-12.00 FREE
Suttie Centre Lecture Theatre, Foresterhill Health Campus, University of Aberdeen
 
Looking for Leviathans: What does science tell us about the hunt for sea monsters?
Join in talks and demonstrations with Dr Charles Paxton to explore what the possibilities are of unknown animals being discovered in the world's rivers, lakes and seas. What does psychology, ecology and statistics tell us about the reality of people reporting monsters?
Sun 9th Sept 13:00-14:00 FREE
Fraser Noble Building, Lecture Theatre 2, University of Aberdeen 
 
Festival of the Spoken Nerd 
Before they embark on their first national tour, stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, geek songstress Helen Arney and experiments guy Steve Mould return to the British Science Festival to present Festival of the Spoken Nerd, a variety hour for the fearlessly inquisitive. Join three of the UK’s best (and nerdiest) performers for a celebration of comedy, science, music, maths, interactive experiments and maybe some things that go bang. 
Tue 4th Sep 20.00-23.00 £5
The Spiegeltent, King’s Lawn, University of Aberdeen
 
Brain of Aberdeen (Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub’s Pub Quiz)
Do you have the biggest brain in Aberdeen? Could your team be crowned Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub quiz champions 2012? Join Alok Jha (The Guardian) as we test your general knowledge, with just a hint of science –you don’t need to be Stephen Hawking to win. 
Thurs 6th Sep 20.00-22.00 FREE
The Illicit Still, Broad Street, Aberdeen
 
What’s the Point? 
Scientists aren’t known for being concise. So what will happen when host Timandra Harkness takes scientists, adds a mathematician, and catalyses with games rewarding ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’? Featuring Matt Parker (as heard on Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage), Greg Foot (presenter, BBC3’s Secrets of Everything), Lucie Green (Infinite Monkey Cage/Stargazing Live/Sky at Night), Steve Mould (scientist for Blue Peter), Tom Whyntie, Andrew Pontzen, Andrea Sella and many more. We predict a couple of hours of action-packed, explosive science silliness. 
Sat 8th Sep 20.00-22.00
The Spiegeltent, King’s Lawn, University of Aberdeen

Tickets will be available from 30th June and can be booked online at the British Science Festival website, at Aberdeen Box Office and during the festival.

Visit the British Science Festival website for more information.

 

 

Citizen Science for Skeptics

Alice Sheppard

When?
Thursday, August 30 2012 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Alice Sheppard

What's the talk about?

Astronomy has been the subject of wonder and speculation for as long as historical records exist. As with all science, people got some things right - and, even with the best methods available, other things wrong.

Since 2007, Alice Sheppard has run the Galaxy Zoo Forum, the discussion area for an online astronomy project with 300,000 members worldwide. Galaxy Zoo has so far produced 21 papers, whose authors and acknowledged contributors include several ordinary citizens. Some of its findings were a direct result of questions or collections of objects created by the users, who became "Citizen scientists".

Alice takes us through some of the best and worst of astronomical history, and what ancient and modern mistakes are made today. We will hear the questions people have come to Galaxy Zoo with, the ways in which biases were found and dealt with by the scientists and participants, the beautiful and inspiring projects created by untrained people and the scientific thinking they learnt for themselves to apply.

We also take a look at citizen science in general, how Galaxy Zoo taught large numbers of people to understand and use science, and explore what this might mean for skepticism.

Alice co-founded Cardiff and Hackney Skeptics in the Pub. She's also been an admin of various things, an English and thrown-off-the-course science teacher, an office supervisor for a charity for disabled people, and an occasional astronomy writer. She's currently in London doing an MSc in Astrophysics - all Galaxy Zoo's fault, obviously.

In the meantime, you can classify a few galaxies for yourself at
www.galaxyzoo.org

 
 We will be raising money via donation to fund Alice's travel up to Aberdeen from London using crowd funding click here to donate  - http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/investment/bring-alice-sheppard-to-aberdeen-skeptics-in-the-pub-1041

Join us for a pint! (or drink of your choice!)

Heather and Sonia

When?
Wednesday, June 27 2012 at 7:00PM

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Where?

49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen AB10 1JS

Who?
Heather and Sonia

What's the talk about?

This month we are taking a break from having a speaker and having a social meet up instead. It’s your chance to get to know everyone better, find out what we have lined up for the rest of the year, discuss all things skeptical and of course, have a pint.

It’s also a chance for you to let us know what you think of Aberdeen SitP – anything you think we could do better? Any topics/speakers you’d like to see us host in the future? Would you like to get involved in organising things?

Come along and say hi – we will be at The Bar Below (the pub downstairs in the Belmont Cinema) from around 7pm.