Welcome to Maidstone Skeptics in the Pub, monthlyish talks from experts on science, skepticism, critical thinking and myth busting. 

The talks are held at The Style and Winch, and are normally £3 to cover costs, with any extra going to The Good Thinking Society.

For more information about the idea behind Skeptics in the Pub please look at this BBC Report and this Wikipedia entry.
 

You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter (@ME1skeptics), Meetup, and Instagram 

Jack Oliver Aaron

When?
Tuesday, April 4 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

72 Union Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1ED
(01622) 752351

Who?
Jack Oliver Aaron

What's the talk about?

Socionics was formed in the 1970's and 80's by Lithuanian psychologist, Ausra Augustinaviciute and developed from the work of Carl Jung. It is a theory of personality type that focuses on the concept of information metabolism, i.e. that people finitely vary in terms of how they process different kinds of information. It details 16 different 'types of information metabolism' which contribute to our strengths and weaknesses, as well as values and motivations. These different types can interact with each other, producing a range of relationships from harmonised to conflicting.

Jack Oliver Aaron is a UK-based socionist and founder of the World Socionics Society, a group dedicated to education and forming communities of interest in the theory, as well as running regular meetup groups in London. He has an MSc in Occupational Psychology and is a member of the British Psychological Society. Jack is trying to introduce Socionics to western practitioners as a valuable alternative to popular theories of personality type, such as the MBTI, while looking at how such theories can be used more responsibly and made more falsifiable.

 
In this talk, Jack will be providing an introduction to the theory of Socionics, looking at how it is constructed from basic dichotomies, while exploring its place in a wider range of theories on personality. The potential merits of the theory will be assessed, as well as the current limitations that exist on theories in the absence of empirical testing
 
£5 on the door to cover costs with extra raised going to charity

 

Jamie Bartlett

When?
Tuesday, May 2 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

72 Union Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1ED
(01622) 752351

Who?
Jamie Bartlett

What's the talk about?

 

The dark net is an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines but one that is little understood, and rarely explored.
 
For his book The Dark Net Jamie Bartlett spent two years immersed in some of the internet's most shocking and secretive sub-cultures: spending time in secretive 'trolling' forums, interviewing illegal pornographers, buying drugs from the notorious 'Silk Road', following bitcoin enthusiasts, attending live internet sex shows, and hanging out with neo-Nazis.
 
In his talk, Jamie will suggest they are not as they seem. They are shocking and disturbing, but often extremely innovative. He will discuss the truth of how these internet subcultures work, who is part of them, and what we can learn from them. He will also discuss the problems of meeting and writing about some of the internet's most hated people.
 
Jamie is Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos. His primary research interests are: new political movements and social media research and analysis, internet cultures and security and privacy online. The Dark Net was shortlisted for The Political Award and longlisted for The Orwell Prize. His next book Radicals (Random House) about new radical social and political movements will be released in Spring 2017. 
 
The facebook event can be found here, and the meetup page can be found here
 
£5 on the door to cover costs with any extra going to charity