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Dr Lewis Dartnell

When?
Thursday, May 28 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Dr Lewis Dartnell

What's the talk about?

Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or a viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it is over and humanity must start again. What would you need to know to not only survive in the immediate aftermath, but avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the rebooting of civilisation from scratch? The Knowledge is a grand thought experiment on the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Dr Lewis Dartnell is a research fellow at the University of Leicester, working in the field of astrobiology and the search for life beyond Earth. He has written three books: Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide, My Tourist Guide to the Solar System and The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch.

Dr James C. Coyne

When?
Thursday, April 30 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Holburn Bar
225 Holburn Street
Aberdeen
AB10 6BL

Who?
Dr James C. Coyne

What's the talk about?

Positive psychology suggests the problems of the poor lie in their attitude or - in more recent versions - in their brains. It provides an unscientific and ideological basis for blaming the poor for their poverty. Moreover, positive psychology is carefully marketed to earn its proponents corporate speaking engagements. Its workshops aim at making workplace stress an individual attitudinal problem and improving worker efficiency, while avoiding confronting the real sources of workplace stress.

In this talk, Jim will provide a thorough update of his well-received blog posts at PLOS Mind the Brain and Science-Based Medicine:

Jim expects to be able to announce at his talk the retraction of a major positive psychology article, based on a critique he co-authored.

Jim Coyne is, along with fellow "Negateer" Barbara Ehrenreich, one of the most prominent and persistent critics of positive psychology. He was a participant in the historic 2006 Positive Psychology Great Debate at the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is the 2015 Carnegie Centenary Visiting Professor at the University of Stirling and Professor of Health Psychology, University of Groningen, as well as Professor Emeritus of Psychology In Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Margaret McCartney

When?
Sunday, March 15 2015 at 4:00PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Margaret McCartney

What's the talk about?

We are dying older - a success. But we are also dying with more diseases, on more medication. Most people want to die at home, but relatively few do. Meantime, we are urged to 'fight' disease, and many medical interventions are oversold - from CPR to some cancer treatments. Whereas, it's real 'holistic' medicine -hands on palliative and social care- that extends quality and quantity of life. What are the myths and reality of healthcare at the end of life?

Margaret McCartney is a GP in Glasgow, columnist for the BMJ, regular contributor to Radio 4's Inside Health, and author of two books. The Patient Paradox - why sexed up medicine is bad for your health - was published in 2012, and Living with Dying - finding care and compassion at the end of life - in 2014

***note this event is on a Sunday afternoon***

This event is part of British Science Week. You can find the full programme of events here - http://www.abdn.ac.uk/engage/content-images/BritishScienceWeek2015webs.pdf

Eoin Smith

When?
Thursday, February 26 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Eoin Smith

What's the talk about?

 Is it possible to read someone's mind? Can an object teleport from one place to another? Can someone control the decisions you make?

There's only one way to find out...

Inspired by an interest in popular science, psychology and science fiction, multi-award-winning magician Eoin Smith will attempt to make the impossible possible and defy science live on stage at Cellar 35. Leave your disbelief at the door, and experience something truly amazing.

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Website: www.eoinsmith.co.uk

Uncovering our Medieval Aberdonian Ancestors: The Skeletal Remains from St. Nicholas Kirk, Aberdeen

Dr Kate Britton

When?
Thursday, January 29 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Dr Kate Britton

What's the talk about?

The growth of the North Sea fishing industry and commodities trade in the Medieval period was one of the most important economic and social developments in European early modern history - and, like today, Aberdeen was a boomtown! But how did life change for the inhabitants of Medieval Aberdeen? The recent excavations at St. Nicholas Kirk provide a unique opportunity to investigate hundreds of years of Aberdeen’s maritime history from the very personal perspective of its past inhabitants. Based on the osteoarchaeological and chemical analysis of skeletal material from archaeological excavations at St. Nicholas Kirk, this talk will explore changes in diet, health and demography in Aberdeen from 12th to 18th Centuries.

This project was partially funded by a Royal Society of Edinburgh Arts and Humanities Small Research Grant, in collaboration with University of Reading, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, Aberdeen City Council, the Mither Kirk Project and Cameron Archaeology.

Satirical Views of Humanity in Film & Literature

Dr. Aideen M. O'Leary, Dr. David Wheatley, and Dr. Paul Flaig

When?
Thursday, November 20 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Dr. Aideen M. O'Leary, Dr. David Wheatley, and Dr. Paul Flaig

What's the talk about?

Discover and discuss current research on how humans use visual and verbal mockery to engage with each other and with our natural and digital environments. This event encourages discussion and participation in an informal and relaxed environment.

This event is part of the Being Human Festival, which runs 15 - 23 November. To visit the full programme please visit here.This event is part of The Festival of Social Science, a UK-wide celebration of research in the social sciences supported by the Economic and Social Research Council ESRC. The Festival of Social Science Aberdeen is delivered and coordinated by the University of Aberdeen.

Dr. Karen Salt

When?
Thursday, November 6 2014 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Dr. Karen Salt

What's the talk about?

 Trust is such a simple concept, yet battles have been fought over it. Love has crumbled without it as a foundation while communities have splintered due to its absence. This talk aims to unpack the simple, yet complex dynamic of trust by pondering who do you trust, why and how can trust be repaired – individually and collectively – in society.

This event is part of the Festival of Social Science, which runs 1 - 8 November. To view the full programme please click HEREThe Festival of Social Science, a UK-wide celebration of research in the social sciences supported by the Economic and Social Research Council ESRC. The Festival of Social Science Aberdeen is delivered and coordinated by the University of Aberdeen. 

Skeptics gathering

When?
Thursday, September 4 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?

What's the talk about?

An informal meeting of those interested in skeptics in the pub in Aberdeen. We will have a drink, a chat and discuss new ideas for upcoming talks. All welcome  

Heather & Sonia

When?
Thursday, July 31 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Heather & Sonia

What's the talk about?

Geology certainly rocks but do rocks have special powers? We will take a skeptical look at the mystical world of crystal healing.

On our journey through this ancient practice we will ask why people believe rocks and crystals have magical healing properties and find out what actually happens when you visit a crystal healer.

We will take a look at the practice in Scotland, find out what people are selling, what they claim crystals can do for you and why skeptics should take more notice.

Pre Cafe Philosophique event

All involved

When?
Friday, June 27 2014 at 5:30PM

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Where?

49 Belmont Street
Aberdeen AB10 1JS

Who?
All involved

What's the talk about?

An Aberdeen Skeptics meet-up in the Belmont Filmhouse bar to socialise, chat about Skeptics in Aberdeen.

I have reserved a table for us from 5.30 and you can order food. 

There's a Cafe Philosophique event on in the Filmhouse from 7pm - this event is free and anyone attending the meet - up will be welcome to go along but please reserve a ticket from the Filmhouse beforehand!

The final event in the Cafe Philosophique series for 2014 is taking place on Friday evening. It's a talk with an invited guest speaker, Professor Roy Cook from the University of Minnesota, followed by a film screening of Scott Pilgrim vs the World at the Belmont Filmhouse . The event is free and starts at 7pm but please book a ticket in advance!

https://www.facebook.com/events/709276825797436/

 

Dr Alex Sutherland

When?
Thursday, May 8 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Dr Alex Sutherland

What's the talk about?

Dr Sutherland will explore the strategies used by those who believe  in prophecy to perpetuate their belief, using the Scottish Highlands’ Brahan Seer legend as a model.

More details on the talk to follow.

Fiona Musk

When?
Thursday, April 24 2014 at 7:30PM

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35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Fiona Musk

What's the talk about?

The talk examines documents relating to witchcraft trials which took place in Aberdeen in the 1590s, and shows what these can tell us about the people involved.  In 1597, an entire family was accused of witchcraft with differing outcomes for those involved.  The talk looks closely at this family, and their involvement in this different and dangerous time in Aberdeen's history.