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Glasgow Skeptics promote science, reason and critical thinking in Glasgow and Scotland.

We hold regular Monday night events, so come along if you enjoy thought-provoking talks, discussions and friendly social meets.

Most events are free, but we ask for donations to cover costs such as speakers' travel and accommodation.

Please RSVP - it helps us estimate numbers. Unfortunately space is often limited, so if you are late we may not be able to hold your place.

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Upcoming events (5)

PubhD: Sexual Consent / Parenting Practices / Magnetic Fields

Waterstones Sauchiehall St

This event comes to you in association with our friends from PubhD Glasgow. Speakers and topics: 1: Kelsey Entriken Kelsey is exploring the important issue of sexual consent - using niche fan fiction and animal hybrids. 2: Simon Barrett How does the way in which you were raised by your parents influence the parenting practices you now adopt with your own children? My study asks this question of a group of vulnerable mums in Glasgow, as part of a trial which aims to give these women extra support, improve the outcomes for them and their children, and disrupt any negative intergenerational cycles. 3: Carolyn O'Dwyer I use atoms and lasers to measure tiny magnetic fields. I am building an experiment that can be shrunk to the size of an Irn Bru can to make sensitive measurements in hospitals and on archaeological digs. The format is nice and simple: 1: Three researchers will each have 10 minutes to talk about their subject area to an interested audience in a pub 2: There will be up to 20 minutes of (friendly!) Q&A per speaker. 3: Each speaker gets at least one pint (or other drink of their choice). A whiteboard/flip chart and coloured pens will be provided. === Kickoff at 7pm sharp. Drop-in event ... no tickets required This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn't end up in anyone's pocket - it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield. === Accessibility: The talk is on the top floor of the store, however there is however a lift available for customers to use.

Psychics: Real, Fake, or Just Wrong?

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life

Every December a string of ‘psychics’ across the world use their clairvoyant powers to make predictions for the coming year, with varying degrees of success. A quick look online shows a vast array of other supernatural talents allegedly on display. In this talk Brian Eggo of Glasgow Skeptics will take a closer look at this phenomenon, and investigate how much of it, if any, is actually real. - The most prominent 'psychics' in Scotland - The origins of Spiritualism - Tricks of the trade - Putting psychics to the test About Glasgow Skeptics: We are a grassroots, non-commercial organisation, committed to promoting Science & Understanding, Critical Thinking, and Freedom of Expression. What is skepticism? Skepticism is a method for discerning what is likely true from what is not. When presented with a claim, a skeptic reserves his or her right to reject that claim until such time as the claimant produces sufficient evidence to back up that claim. If the skeptic finds the evidence is compelling, then we will provisionally accept the claim as true; provisionally because we may see more evidence tomorrow that proves the claim to be false. The quality and quantity of evidence required will vary from claim-to-claim and skeptic-to-skeptic. If you tell me that you have a pet dog, well, I’ll probably accept that claim just on your word. You’re not likely to get anything out of making up stories about owning a dog and I know that dogs are kept as pets by many people. If you tell me that you have a pet dragon, on the other hand, I’m probably going to want to at least see the dragon before I believe you. What isn’t skepticism? Skeptics are not a collection of doubters and grumpy nay-sayers, gathering to reject, out-of-hand, any ideas which do not gel with our pre-existing beliefs. Rather, we adhere to principles of scientific skepticism, a position which seeks to establish the veracity of claims through a logical and impartial evaluation of the available evidence. We believe this to be the most reliable method to distinguish truth from fiction and uniformly apply these principles to any and all ideas – new or old, established or controversial.

5G or Not 5G:Taking Arms Against the Slings & Arrows of Outrageous Pseudoscience

5th generation mobile networks are coming in for increasing criticism by otherwise reputable sources and commentators. Its been demonised as mind-control, as using ‘untested, weapons-grade, ultra-high frequency technology’ and to cause severe harm to the population just by existing. Is it a back-door for governments to manage their population through technology? Are we simply leaving ourselves open to overseas countries to infiltrate our national infrastructure? Are there real dangers to this new technology? Sean Slater will try and address these fears head on and create some clarity around what 5G is and what it is not. About the Speaker: Sean Slater has worked in the mobile phone business for over 25 years and has seen 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G being rolled out by several different networks. He is also the vice-chair of Edinburgh Skeptics and as such has taken an interest in the pseudoscience surrounding his industry. Twitter - @TheTrueScotsman === Drop-in event, no ticket required. Doors at 7.15, kickoff at 7.30 This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn't end up in anyone's pocket - it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield. === Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.

Glasgow Skeptics visit Cafe Scientifique: Social Robots

Waterstones Sauchiehall St

So we don't have an official Glasgow Skeptics event on this date ... but our friends over in Cafe Scientifique have got something to tickle your fancy instead. The topic this month: Social Robots Speaker: Emily Cross Understanding how we perceive and interact with others is a core challenge of social cognition research. This challenge is poised to intensify in importance as the ubiquity of artificial intelligence and the presence of humanoid robots in society grows. My group’s research applies established theories and methods from psychology and neuroscience to questions concerning how people perceive, interact, and form relationships with robots. In this talk, I review recent evidence from behavioural and brain imaging studies that aim to provide deeper insights into the relationship between social cognition and brain function. Examples from work comparing social perception of humans compared to robots highlights the importance of examining how perception of and interaction with artificial agents in a social world is revealing fundamental insights about human social cognition. Emily Cross is Professor of Social Robotics at the University of Glasgow. For more information about Café Scientifique: Visit their website: http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/cafescientifique/ The talk is free - although they do ask for donations Accessibility: The talk is on the top floor of the store. There is a lift available for those unable to use the stairs.

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