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.

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Peter Harrison

When?
Monday, September 28 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

www.thephoenixinnyork.co.uk

Who?
Peter Harrison

What's the talk about?

An oneironaut, or lucid dreamer, is someone who can deliberately remain consciously awake during a dream and is entirely aware of the situation. Since the release of Inception, lucid dreaming has once again been thrown into the public eye. The topic is surrounded by myths, misunderstandings, and controversy. Most communities focusing on lucid dreaming consist of individuals interested in unlocking their psychic potential or meeting their spirit guides. Many people now associate lucid dreaming with the supernatural. What many people (sceptics included) do not realise is that the existence of lucid dreaming has been established by scientists and is actively studied in many labs all over the world. This is a fascinating scientific topic, which is unfortunately often lumped together with irrational supernatural beliefs.

Peter Harrison is an evo-devo PhD and active lucid dreamer. Unlike so many of his fellow oneironaughts, he’s also an active sceptic and interested in the science behind the phenomenon. This talk covers the reality of lucid dreaming, the scientific evidence and experiments in this fascinating field, and the abundant myths and misunderstandings.

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"This talk by @Harrison_Peter is quite honestly one of the most fascinating I've seen in a long time." - @Tannice_

"New contender for best talk of the festival thanks to @Harrison_Peter ‘s talk on the science of lucid dreaming." - @Crispian_Jago

"If you run an #sitp, book @harrison_peter. His talk is delightful. Longtime skeptic said was his favourite talk ever." - @penguingalaxy

"Consensus is that was the best talk this year." - @jimbobthomas

"Brilliant talk by @Harrison_Peter about lucid dreaming @Brum_Skeptics best talk I’ve heard here." - @simonstanford

Dr Vicky Forster

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

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
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Who?
Dr Vicky Forster

What's the talk about?

Billions of pounds is donated to cancer research worldwide every year. How much of an impact has this research made on cancer survival and what’s next? What have been the major breakthroughs? Will we ever cure cancer completely? Why do some people believe so passionately in alternative cancer cures and is there any evidence behind any of these proposed ‘cures’? This talk will discuss these points from the unique perspective of a cancer research scientist and long term survivor of childhood cancer with the hope of inspiring discussion and debate.

Dr Vicky Forster is a postdoctoral research scientist at Newcastle University. Her projects include looking at errors in DNA which cause cancer in the first place, finding new less-toxic drug combinations to treat leukaemia and investigating the side effects of childhood leukaemia treatment. She is also a 20 year survivor of childhood leukaemia and shares her experience to raise awareness of childhood cancers, treatment and long-term implications of treatment. She has done a range of science outreach events and activities including writing for The Times on a British Science Association Media Fellowship, a TED talk and was recently awarded the Cancer Research UK Research Engagement and Brand Ambassador prize for her efforts.