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Ash Pryce

When?
Wednesday, December 12 2018 at 7:30PM

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15A King Street,
Maidstone
ME14 1BA

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

*Please note that this event will be held at 15A King Street, Maidstone, next to the Heart of Flavour Hospice.*

*Tea and Coffee will be provided, other than that its byob*

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the traveling caravan, as Snake Oil Salesman Ash Pryce demonstrates the miraculous curative abilities of psychic surgery, taught to your humble trickster by a wise man in the Philippines (or a magicians tool book, whichever sounds more wondrous). See with amazement the telekinetic forces at work as you learn how to move objects with your mind, psychically manipulate your finest silverware and read the minds of your peers. Or maybe, it’s all just a trick?

The show will involve demonstrations and explanations of telekinesis tricks, metal bending, psychic surgery and remote viewing as well as look at government funded research into psychic phenomena, and the shoddy protocols that allowed “psychics” to beat the legendary Zener card experiments in the 1930s.

And if that wasn’t enough, interspersed throughout the show will be numerous on stage demonstrations of mentalism to add an extra layer of entertainment to the proceedings.

Stagetime Promotions Magician of the Year 2017, and Edinburgh Horror Festival Sell out performer 2016 and 2017, Ash Pryce brings his crowd pleasing mix of paranormal illusions, comedy and entertainment to the UK as part of a summer tour of 2018.


Find Ash on most social media as “Psychic Conman” and check out his website at

www.psychicconman.co.uk/

Warning to those on the front row… there will be blood!

£6 on the night

Chris French

When?
Thursday, November 22 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

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

Who?
Chris French

What's the talk about?

Ever since records began, in every known society, a substantial proportion of the population has reported unusual experiences many of which we would today label as “paranormal”.

Opinion polls show that the majority of the general public accepts that paranormal phenomena do occur. Such widespread experience of and belief in the paranormal can only mean one of two things. Either the paranormal is real, in which case this should be accepted by the wider scientific community which currently rejects such claims; or else belief in and experience of ostensibly paranormal phenomena can be fully explained in terms of psychological factors.

This presentation will provide an introduction to the sub-discipline of anomalistic psychology, which may be defined as the study of extraordinary phenomena of behaviour and experience, in an attempt to provide non-paranormal explanations in terms of known psychological and physical factors. This approach will be illustrated with examples relating to a range of ostensibly paranormal phenomena.

Professor Chris French is the Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, as well as being a Patron of the British Humanist Association and a member of the Scientific and Professional Advisory Board of the British False Memory Society. He has published over 130 articles and chapters covering a wide range of topics within psychology. His main area of research is the psychology of paranormal beliefs and anomalous experiences. He
frequently appears on radio and television casting a skeptical eye over paranormal claims, as well as writing for the Guardian and The Skeptic magazine which, for more than a decade, he also edited. His most recent books are Why Statues Weep, co-edited with Wendy Grossman, Anomalistic Psychology, co-authored with Nicola Holt, Christine Simmonds-Moore, and David Luke, and Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience co-authored with Anna Stone

£5 on the door with extra raised after costs going to charity

 

When?
Monday, October 29 2018 at 7:30PM

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

Who?
Michael Marshal

What's the talk about?

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. His work has seen him organising international homeopathy protests, going undercover to expose psychics and quack medics, and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.
 
£6 on the door with extra raised after costs going to charity

 

Devin Turhune

When?
Monday, September 3 2018 at 7:30PM

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

Who?
Devin Turhune

What's the talk about?

Hypnosis is a valuable method for studying different facets of conscious awareness yet it continues to be one of the most misrepresented and misunderstood phenomenon in psychology. Here I will dispel widespread myths and misconceptions about hypnosis and describe what psychologists, neuroscientists, and clinicians have learned about this fascinating phenomenon.
 
Devin Terhune is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London where he studies conscious awareness and its top-down regulation. His primary interests concern the neurocognitive basis of time perception and individual differences in hypnotic suggestibility.
 
£5 on the night to cover costs with extra raised going to charity

Jamie Bartlett

When?
Thursday, August 9 2018 at 7:30PM

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

Who?
Jamie Bartlett

What's the talk about?

 

Jamie will talk about his new book 'The People Vs Tech', which argues there is a looming war between democracy and digital technology. He will explain what Cambridge Analytica did during the Trump election - and whether it made a difference - and suggest that democracies are being slowly undermined by the internet. Jamie will also set out what needs to be done to avoid the drift into techno-authoritarianism.
 
Copies of Jamie's latest book will be available for purchase at the event and he will be happy to sign copies upon request.
 
Jamie Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialises in online social movements and the impact of technology on society He is also author of the best selling book The Dark Net and a regular commentator on national and international media outlets.
 
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When?
Monday, July 23 2018 at 7:30PM

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

Who?

What's the talk about?

A few people wanted to delve into politics, so bit of a break from the usual sciencey subjects. Going forward we’re going to get as many people from
across the political spectrum as possible to discuss local, national and historical issues. No speaker, just a group discussion.
 
First requested topic was Anti Semitism in labour.
 
£3 on the night to cover costs with any extra going to charity

Richard Clarke

When?
Monday, July 9 2018 at 7:30PM

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

Who?
Richard Clarke

What's the talk about?

Recent data from the World Health Organisation has indicated a fourfold increase in cases of measles in 2017 compared to previous year (from 5273 to 21 315 cases) across the European region (www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/sections/press- releases/2018/europe-observes- a-4- fold- increase-in- measles-cases- in-2017- compared-to- previous-year). These cases subsequently lead to hundreds of hospitalisations, and 35 recorded deaths. While some of these cases were in those too young to be vaccinated, or those that had other health concerns that made vaccination inadvisable, the majority of the cases were in people who had actively made a choice to avoid immunisation.
 
The reasons why an individual may refuse a vaccine backed by extremely strong safety and efficacy evidence are wide ranging and complex. In this talk, Richard will introduce you to the concept of Vaccine Hesitancy and explain how, risk perception, uncertainty, social influence and above all trust plays a role in vaccine delay, selection and refusal.
 
Speaker: Richard Clarke is a health psychologist and 3rd year PhD candidate with The Vaccine Confidence Project (www.vaccineconfidence.org/) based at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The academic field of vaccination is very wide, Richard’s area of expertise focuses on the social science related to vaccine delivery. For all things vaccine science please visit The Vaccine Knowledge Project at www.vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk/
 
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Rebecca Fox

When?
Monday, June 4 2018 at 7:30PM

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

Who?
Rebecca Fox

What's the talk about?

Most of us weren't born reasonable. We were born into a superstitious culture with only our ramshackle primate brains to try and figure out what’s going on. Reason, an appreciation for evidence and critical thinking skills are virtues that most of us had to fight for and that we have to work hard to keep up in difficult situations.
 
Rebecca is no exception, she grew up believing many strange things and has had to train herself to think critically. Instead of being embarrassed by our former beliefs Rebecca thinks it is important to have compassion for and interest in what we used to believe and why we believed it. Instead of feeling shame for having been wrong, we should be proud that we had the courage to overturn beliefs that proved to be wrong.
 
In this talk Rebecca will discuss who she was before, and after she ‘became reasonable’ and overturn the myth that there is such a thing as ‘perfectly reasonable’ we are all, after all, a work in progress.
 
Rebecca is passionate about skeptical education because she has found the tools of skepticism to be profoundly empowering. Learning to think clearly has made her safer, more confident and happier. Drawing on her experience as a skeptical educator and comic book artist she will present some ideas that will help you improve your critical thinking skills and the way you think about how you think.
 
Here's a link to Rebecca's website: http://rebeccaonpaper.com/
 
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Alex Farrow

When?
Monday, May 14 2018 at 7:30PM

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

Who?
Alex Farrow

What's the talk about?

 
Alex Farrow is a philosophy teacher and stand-up comedian who will be exploring what he learnt from teaching philosophy in a 6th form college to Muslim and Christian teenagers in East London
 
What place do philosophy and skepticism have in the school classroom?
 
What is the "British values agenda" and are British values under attack?
 
What is the role of the teacher in creating, challenging and shaping the ethical and social opinions of young people?
 
Alex has been invited to perform stand-up comedy about philosophy everywhere from Mervyn Stutter's pick of the Edinburgh Fringe, the National Museum of Scotland, music festivals, comedy clubs around the UK and the Oxford University Teaching Awards. He was also Farmington Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford in 2015 researching Philosophy in Schools
 
He is the host of Jericho Comedy Oxford. Jericho Comedy raised £8,700 for the mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind last year for more information about them visit www.tighfive.org/jerichocomedy
 
“witty, positive and talented” – DailyInfo Oxford “An engaging and entertaining pairing of learning and good humour!” – **** The Latest, Brighton
 
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When?
Tuesday, January 30 2018 at 7:30PM

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

Who?

What's the talk about?

The idea of having a social night was brought up so to have a bit of a break in routine I thought it would be good to meet and chat and see what topics people might want to have talks on in the future.
 
Free to attend so just come as you are :)

Mark Stevenson

When?
Monday, November 27 2017 at 7:30PM

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72 Union Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1ED
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Who?
Mark Stevenson

What's the talk about?

Our systems are failing. Old models – for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply – are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world’s population heads towards 10 billion, it’s clear we need new approaches. Futurologist Mark Stevenson sets out to find them, across four continents.

 
From Brazilian favelas to high tech Boston, from rural India to a shed inventor in England’s home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future. At each stop, he meets innovators who have already succeeded in challenging the status quo, pioneering new ways to make our world more sustainable, equitable and humane.
 
Mark has also written for The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Intelligent Life, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and The New Statesman. His key skill is an ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter.
 
Mark is also an occasional comedy writer. His work has been performed on Radio 4 and his play (co-written with Jack Milner) Octopus Soup comes to London in January 2018.
 
£5 on the door to cover costs with any extra going to the Against Malaria Foundation

 

Jamie Bartlett

When?
Monday, November 6 2017 at 7:30PM

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72 Union Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1ED
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Who?
Jamie Bartlett

What's the talk about?

 

UNFORTUNATLEY THIS TALK HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED. THE NEXT TALK IS ON THE 27TH OF NOVEMBER