Welcome to the York Skeptics homepage. We are a group dedicated to the promotion of science, rationalism and critical thinking in North Yorkshire. Every month we meet up for a friendly discussion and a talk from a speaker about a subject relating to science and critical thinking. Meetings take place every fourth Monday of the month at 7:30pm in The Phoenix Inn.

We now have a blog, which you can find at yorkskeptics.blogspot.co.uk.

What to do When Faced with Numbers

Jenny Freeman

When?
Monday, January 26 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

www.thephoenixinnyork.co.uk

Please note that The Phoenix doesn't accept cards so you'll need some cash if you want to buy a drink!

Who?
Jenny Freeman

What's the talk about?

The ability to understand data and evidence is becoming increasingly important in today’s data-driven world. This talk discusses some elements of statistical literacy and what are the key questions to ask when presented with data and evidence.


During this talk Jenny will provide a brief overview of why it is important that we all start to think more statistically, illustrated by some recent, and not so recent examples, and by the end you will be just a little clearer on what are the key questions that you should ask when presented with statistics. You should be more confident and less bamboozled than when we started.

Jenny is an associate professor of Medical Statistics at the University of Leeds, and currently Vice President of the Royal Statistical Society with responsibility for the External Affairs brief. For most of her working life Jenny has been an academic statistician, with the exception of time out to study for a degree in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Jenny graduated with a BSc in Economics (Statistics) from the London School of Economics, and an MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For her PhD she worked on the 1990 child growth reference centiles for UK children (the ones in the red book given to all new parents). She really enjoy communicating with people about statistics and over the years has received several awards for my teaching, including two Senate Awards from the University of Sheffield and the Keith Boddy Prize from the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine for the best educational article in their Journal, SCOPE.

Glen Carrigan

When?
Monday, February 23 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

www.thephoenixinnyork.co.uk

Please note that The Phoenix doesn't accept cards so you'll need some cash if you want to buy a drink!

Who?
Glen Carrigan

What's the talk about?

This is an introduction to a morality where God is not at its centre. Using the 4 S’s of science, skepticism, sarcasm and satire whilst employing neuropsychological research and a humanistic world view, we’ll look at what the alternatives are to a pious moral code, and why people and groups might make the decisions they do. We will seek to highlight that the debate about morality should not be conducted in a vacuum, but should take place in the real world and focus on understanding how our actions affect our fellow creatures, rather than desperately trying to cling to ancient axiomatic standards and justify them with ancient and inadequate scriptural tenets.

Glen is a Neuropsychology Postgraduate Researcher and Senior Research Assistant in Health at the University of Central Lancashire. He specialises in moral psychology, public engagement, and has an interest in all things skeptical and political! Coming from a military background, Glen’s interest in psychology and morality was piqued when living and working in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and many other nations after experiencing myriad world views, different group behaviours, and the strife that often results when they clash. It is therefore his passionate aim to usher in a more enlightened form of thinking where equality as a species, compassion and consequentialism, help to uplift us in place of tribalism, religious moral absolutism, and the wanton disregard for the scientific facts that humans have so far revealed in this a beautiful and rich universe.

Glen has aided in the development of a new Brain Imaging Lab (Electroencephalogram) at UCLan, a facility that features heavily in his research. He has also contributed to Humanist Life and is a current Journalist at Atheist Republic.com. His other activities include: Creating, hosting, and presenting over 20 unique public engagement events and talks, and the founding of two skeptical groups in the North West (Project Science and Reason, and UCLan Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society), and one cultural exchange group (UCLan Japanese Society). In addtion, Glen has blogged and taken part in political and social activism: Reform section 5, equal marriage, no to gender segregation, and recently highlighted from a personal point of view, how under-represented non-believers are in the UK Armed Forces.

Ash Pryce

When?
Monday, May 25 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
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Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born.

 
This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication.
 
Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry this fun show has regularly packed venues at the Edinburgh fringe.
Ouija Boards
Spirit Slates
Spirit Communication
Stopped Pulses
Spewing ectoplasm
And more...
 
"Ash Pryce is a naturally funny guy and won't allow his audience to be bored" "Very entertaining" - edfringereview
"Go see" - Edinburgh Skeptics
 
We're delighted to welcome Ash for a second time after his successful "How to be a Psychic Con-Man" show in August 2012.
 
Ash Pryce is a performer and director based in Scotland.  He has written and staged several skeptically themed shows looking at myths & legends, ghosts, psychics and mediumship as well as producing full plays ranging from Faustus to more contemporary original shows in Edinburgh.  He is the founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, the newly started History in the Pub Edinburgh, and runs what is believed to be the worlds first skeptical ghost tour every Fringe.  He lives just outside of Edinburgh with his three Degus, one of which holds a grudge against him.