Winchester Skeptics: "Beat The Lie Detectors"

Tonight's talk by the Winchester Skeptics is led by William Whatling, founder of Cheltenham SitP which he started in Nov 2010.  Meet in the front cafe bar area from 7.00pm. The talks for Winchester Skeptics start at 7.30pm in the main lecture theatre and there is a suggested £3 donation towards speakers expenses at the door.

For generations, people have tried to find ways of testing whether someone is lying. From highly dubious tests for a witch, to the invention of the polygraphs used by the CIA and the new covert phonic detection algorithms and sophisticated truth serums of today. Will explores their development, whether it’s really possible to beat them and demonstrates them with a live interrogation.

Will Watling runs Cheltenham SitP which he started in Nov 2010. When he’s not designing wealth management software, he’s running kids from A to B, or walking his two Cocker spaniels. He did a joint honours degree in RE and Science and has a keen interest in topics like evolution vs creation and the phenomenon of belief, especially cults. He also speaks at SitP on “The Omega Course – how to de-commit from Christianity” and “An Intro to 3D photography & film making”. He loves adrenaline sports and has shark dived with 8ft greys, skydived, raced Formula Renault at Thruxton and built a 1 man helium airship to take photos of landmarks from a birds eye view…

Can you tell which is the porky pie ?

Will can be found on Twitter @WillWatling and on his YouTube channel.





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  • Steven P.

    I looked up the British Polygraph Association. To join, apparently, you need to be a member of the American association and claim lots of experience. Perhaps there should be a diploma in polygraphy or similar; some sort of formal training based on science. (Perhaps there is in the USA.) Like Gill, I don't like the idea of basing decisions on the opinion of an operator, and the British courts at least are right to steer clear of polygraphy for the time being.

    May 30

    • Steven P.

      The only UK-available 'cheap' polygraph I found cost £99. For twenty quid I would've bought one already, fifty quid: possibly, a hundred quid: no.

      May 30

  • Gill H.

    Interesting - raised more questions than it answered I think. I'd like to see more evidence that it is not just the 'opinion' of the operator.

    1 · May 29

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