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Beat the Lie Detectors

The social history & future developments in the science of lie detection

What's the talk about?

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 & 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 honors 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 decommit from Christianity" and "An Intro to 3D photography & film making". He loves adrenaline sports and has a) shark dived with 8ft greys, b) skydived, c) raced Formula Renault at Thruxton & d) built a 1 man helium airship to take photos of landmarks from a birds eye view... which one hasn't happened yet?

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  • Graham A.

    Any luck Kelly?

    May 12, 2014

    • Kelly W

      No, but I'll put a shout out for the event if you like

      1 · May 12, 2014

  • Catherine

    Hi Kelly. Do I need a ticket to attend? And will you be there on Thursday? I plan to come but do not expect to know anyone there. Thanks. Catherine

    May 5, 2014

    • Kelly W

      No ticket needed this month Cath. I'll be there, trying to get the projector to work properly. Pop over and say hi when you arrive - it's in the back room of The Flo btw kelly

      1 · May 5, 2014

    • Catherine

      Thanks Kelly, see you there.

      May 6, 2014

  • Kelly W

    Message from Will
    "Lie Detector volunteers pls - in preparation for the talk I'd like to have 3 volunteers to take a polygraph interrogation after the break & talk. Preferably a couple or good friends; where one person can take the test & the other person can secretly provide me with a set of 10 Qs they want to ask their partner or friend on the night. Clearly these shouldn't embarrass the person taking the test - too much I reserve the right to edit as necessary."

    May 1, 2014

  • Graham A.

    Sorry I can't come, as my car is not working and I can't afford to repair it. See you as soon as funds allow. Have fun trying to beat the lie detector. Shame there isn't a B.S. detector?

    April 25, 2014

    • Kelly W

      I could put a call out for a lift for you via the Facebook group Graham to see if anyone comes over from your area.?

      1 · April 26, 2014

    • Graham A.

      Can try? I live in Bishopstoke, near Eastleigh. Thanks.

      April 27, 2014

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