AIVC Event – SITP Online : Spotting Science That Doesn’t Add Up

Skeptics in the pub are going online! Come and join Basingstoke Science enthusiasts listening to this online talk on “Spotting science that just doesn’t add up” hosted by Nick Brown, an Irish psychologist living in Spain.

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Join the Basingstoke Science Cafe Zoom Meeting for a remote drink & think and to text and chat online about the talk during the interval:

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The skeptical movement rightly suggests that people should place more faith in peer-reviewed scientific articles than in YouTube videos or written claims made by random people on the Internet. However, science is not always particularly reliable either.

In this talk, I will give some examples of how peer-reviewed scientific work that may attract a lot of public attention and even influence public policy decisions can contain remarkably elementary errors (not all of which are necessarily accidental). Some of these errors can be detected even by readers with relatively little mathematical or statistical expertise.

Ten years ago, Nick Brown was a British IT manager living in France. Now he is an Irish psychologist living in Spain. He received his PhD from the University of Groningen in 2019, with his thesis being entitled “Can Positive Emotions Improve Physical Health?” (spoiler: there’s no good evidence). His work on debunking bad science has been featured in The Observer and Science, but nobody has paid him any money for it yet.

We anticipate that Twitch or SitP may be new for some of you so we will have *early doors at 6:45* to welcome new attendees and answer any questions you may have.

A useful guide to Twitch here:

You don’t need a Twitch account to watch the talk only if you want to take part in the chat.

You won’t need an account to ask questions in the Q&A though.
We will also have our online conference room available on Zoom from 6.45pm for anyone that wants to talk about the subject during and after the event. The chat room will be available until around half an hour after the SiTP event ends for local Q&A Chat. We will have all microphones muted during the talk … but you will be able to use the online text chat facility while the talk is on.

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About Skeptics in the Pub – Online
We are a coalition of UK-based Skeptics groups. Formed as the Covid-19 epidemic brought our country to a standstill, we are working to deliver high quality online events focusing on Science, reason, and critical thinking.


May 21


07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

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