Do you find yourself asking 'really?' all the time? Are you are left incredulous at your friends ghost stories? Do Flat Earthers leave you confused? If you answered yes to any of the above then you might be one of us, why don't you come down and find out.
Brighton Skeptics in the Pub meets once a month to provide a space of calm in a uncritical world. We get together to drink, mingle and question the status quo while our guest speaker gives us the critical take on their area of expertise.
But, what is Skepticism?’ we hear you cry...
Skepticism is a way of getting closer to the truth.
Skeptics pay attention to how our brains can mislead us and try to think carefully about ideas, especially incredible ones.
Skeptics are motivated by reason and compassion. We are interested in finding the truth because we know that false beliefs can lead to dangerous mistakes.
In 2013, when Michael Marshall first interviewed the Vice President of the Flat Earth society for his show Be Reasonable, people could scarcely believe that anyone could genuinely think the Earth was flat. Five years later, Flat Earth belief has gone mainstream, spawning thousands of hours of YouTube videos, gaining widespread international media coverage, and attracting countless followers. How did we get here?
In this talk, Marshall will talk through his experiences of the Flat Earth movement, take a look at the leaders and some of their reasoning, and report back from the weekend he spent at the UK’s first ever Flat Earth convention.
Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society and the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast.