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Edinburgh Skeptics Society promotes science, reason and critical thinking in Edinburgh and Scotland. We have recently launched a Podcast if you are further afield.
Come along if you enjoy thought-provoking talks and discussions and friendly social meets. We have several events each month, as well during the Edinburgh Science Festival and Fringe. Most events are free, but we ask for donations to cover costs (like this meetup group) and speakers' travel and accommodation. We Respect People and Challenge Ideas
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Upcoming events (2)

A Human History of Emotion - Richard Firth-Godbehere

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A Human History of Emotion - Richard Firth-Godbehere

The opening event of the 2022 Fringe.

Come along to the Banshee Labyrinth, 7:20 pm, 9th Aug for an actual in-person event.

We like to think of humans as rational creatures, who have relied on calculation and intellect to survive. But many of the most important moments in our history had little to do with cold, hard facts and a lot to do with feelings.

Join Richard Firth-Godbehere as he explores a fascinating and wide-ranging tour of the central and often under-appreciated role emotions have played in human societies throughout history.

In this talk, Richard draws on psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, art, and history. Using disgust - one of the emotions explored in his book - he vividly illustrates how our understanding and experience of emotions has changed over time, and how our beliefs about feelings profoundly shaped us and the world we inhabit.

Richard Firth-Godbehere, PhD, is one of the world’s leading experts on disgust and emotions. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary University of London. He received a first-class degree from the University of London, during which time he won two awards for academic excellence, alongside a Masters (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge and a PhD From Queen Mary, University of London, where he was a Wellcome Trust Scholar.

His award-winning interdisciplinary research walks the line between history, psychology, linguistics, philosophy and futurism. He examines how understandings of emotions change over time and space, and how these changes can influence the wider world.

Already translated into nearly a dozen languages, Richard's latest book, 'A Human History of Emotion: How the Way We Feel Built the World We Know', is available from all good bookstores.

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All our events are free and non-ticketed, though we will ask for a voluntary donation. We operate a first-come first-in door policy. In the event of the event being heavily subscribed we may issue door tickets on the night just to ensure fairness.

The Banshee has some steep steps, but if you have mobility issues, we may still be able to help, please contact us beforehand if you require specific support and we will do our best to assist you.

Charles Paxton - Cryptozoology: less of a pseudoscience than you might think.

Cryptozoology: less of a pseudoscience than you might think - Charles Paxton.

The middle event of the 2022 Fringe.

Come along to the Banshee Labyrinth, 7:20 pm, 16th Aug for an actual in-person event.

A talk exploring the scientific basis of cryptozoology and asks the question: What really constitutes science and pseudoscience in fringe topics?

Charles Paxton is a statistical ecologist at the University of St Andrews with an interest in the history and science behind reports of sea monsters. He also teaches several courses in scientific and critical thinking. He has written for the Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer.

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All our events are free and non-ticketed, though we will ask for a voluntary donation. We operate a first-come first-in door policy. In the event of the event being heavily subscribed we may issue door tickets on the night just to ensure fairness.

The Banshee has some steep steps, but if you have mobility issues, we may still be able to help, please contact us beforehand if you require specific support and we will do our best to assist you.

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