THIS IS NOT A LAAG OWN EVENT, and we do not know the organisers of SITP Greenwich, but Skeptics In the Pub Events are generally very good so we recommend them.
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ABOUT THIS EVENT:
I'm a ghosthunter, get me out of here!
Wednesday, August[masked] at 7:30PM
The Star and Garter
60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY
What's the talk about?
Described as 'one of the sharpest and best skeptical commentators out there', Hayley Stevens has addressed international audiences about researching the paranormal as a non-believer. She is one of Britain's most vocal skeptical paranormal researchers and has been actively investigating ghosts and monsters since her teens.
In her talk 'I'm a ghost hunter, get me out of here!' Hayley will introduce you to the often confused & somewhat scary world of modern paranormal research where things really do go bump in the night...
Price: SITP is usually £3-5
What's the talk about?
"You can't believe everything you read in the papers."
Everyone knows this, but few people realise this truism extends far beyond the celebrity pages and gossip columns, and spills into 'real' news. Here, the near-invisible influence of PR companies is often pivotal in deciding what news gets told, and how it gets reported. By taking a brief look at the history of modern journalism, and using real examples taken from recent headlines, Michael Marshall will show why you really, really can't believe everything you read in the papers.
Michael Marshall is the co-founder and vice-president of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and appears on the 'Skeptics with a K' and 'Be Reasonable' podcasts. Besides organising the national and international 10:23 Campaign against homeopathy, he writes about the often-unsuspected role of PR in modern media. Michael has written for The Times, The Guardian and The New Statesmen, and has lectured as part of the Sheffield Hallam University Journalism degree.
Ben Goldacre once called him 'a mighty nerd from Liverpool', and the self-proclaimed psychic Joe Power once called him something very rude and unprintable.