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At the Fringe of Reason

Stuart Ritchie

When?
Thursday, August 23 2012 at 8:30PM

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29-35 Niddry Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LG

Who?
Stuart Ritchie

What's the talk about?

Does IQ exist, and if so, does it matter? Is intelligence in the genes, and can we do anything to improve it? Are there group differences in IQ?

Stuart Ritchie, A PhD Psychology student at The University of Edinburgh, addresses some of the most controversial questions surrounding human intelligence.

At the Fringe of Reason

Tannice Pendegrass

When?
Wednesday, August 22 2012 at 8:30PM

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29-35 Niddry Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LG

Who?
Tannice Pendegrass

What's the talk about?

Tannice firstly aims to take you through different definitions of autism, cultural representations and the results of her survey, asking over 700 people about their perceptions of what causes and 'cures' autism (spoiler: we don't know and, currently, nothing). 

The second part of the talk focuses on 'the bad' and 'the ugly'. Tannice will briefly cover the MMR scandal, but this is not the main focus of her 'bad' or 'ugly' section: the subject that Tannice reserves the most ire for is the toxic and sometimes downright dangerous 'treatments' many children must endure. Asking the question 'what's the harm?' has never been more important. 

The third part of the talk is for 'the good', focusing on ABA or Applied Behavioural Analysis; the gold standard for aiding those on the spectrum.  From Kim Peek (the inspiration for rain man) to Jenny McCarthy (an anti-vaccination campaigner), this talk will give you a broad overview of Autism, Autism interventions and why cultural representations of Autism are usually wrong. You’ll also find out why a horse died when he was being treated in a chamber normally reserved for divers suffering from the Bends.

At the Fringe of Reason

Alom Shaha

When?
Tuesday, August 21 2012 at 8:30PM

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29-35 Niddry Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LG

Who?
Alom Shaha

What's the talk about?

How can children brought up in religious families reconcile the different 'truths' they are told about the world? And to what extent should we discuss these issues in schools: what exactly should science teachers say when asked about the 'truth' of science by religious students?  In this talk, Alom Shaha will describe his personal experiences growing up in a Bangladeshi Muslim community in London, what role his science education played in his journey towards atheism and how, as a Physics teacher, he responds to the apparent conflict between science and religion in the classroom.

At the Fringe of Reason

Professor Richard Wiseman

When?
Monday, August 20 2012 at 8:30PM

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29-35 Niddry Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LG

Who?
Professor Richard Wiseman

What's the talk about?

Professor Wiseman presents a veritable smorgasbord of skeptical oddities and delights, including the world's first film of a magician, experimental investigations into prophesy, the truth about flea circuses, and the solution to the world's greatest mystery. All new material and a free packet of peanuts for the best question.

At the Fringe of Reason

Tracy King

When?
Sunday, August 19 2012 at 8:30PM

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Where?

29-35 Niddry Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LG

Who?
Tracy King

What's the talk about?

Tracy King is a producer, consultant and writer who co-runs the animation and game develoment company KerShoot. She produced the BAFTA-longlisted Tim Minchin’s Storm movie, now at 1.7m YouTube views, and the viral marketing for Richard Wiseman's huge hit The Colour-Changing Card Trick. Tracy speaks on a range of topics including viral marketing and advertising psychology, is a gaming and comics geek, and writes a monthly column for Custom PC magazine.

 

At the Fringe of Reason

Deborah Hyde

When?
Saturday, August 18 2012 at 8:30PM

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29-35 Niddry Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LG

Who?
Deborah Hyde

What's the talk about?

What was the real belief behind the potent horror motif of the werewolf? Deborah Hyde takes an in depth look at the witch trials of 16th & 17th century Europe to discover a mixed bag of serial killers, political murders, fervent religionists and innocent victims.  Visit the website at www.jourdemayne.com and follow her on Twitter @jourdemayne

The Beginners' Guide to Psychic Trickery Part 2

Ash Pryce

When?
Friday, August 17 2012 at 10:45PM

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Where?

West Richmond Street
Edinburgh

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

SHOW RUNS FROM AUGUST 11TH TO AUGUST 17TH INCLUSIVE

Since early man with his rattles and whistles first read the entrails of a rabid mule, people have thought it possible to see into the future.  You can predict certain things based on trends, but an all seeing third eye with aspirations of being the new Nostradamus is not a reality.  However, it is almost impossible to walk through a busy town centre without seeing adverts for tarot readers and psychics who can tell you what’s in your future- using my own prediction ability I see a loss of about £10 in the future of anyone deciding to engage with a bit of pub tarot.

So join us as we attempt to unravel the mysteries of predicting the future, from phrenology to crystal gazing- feeling your bumps and playing with balls if you will-  this show will use humour and audience participation to investigate prophecy.  Is there anything to it or is it all just bunk? (hint: it’s probably the latter.  Not that I’m psychic or anything).

At the Fringe of Reason

Dr. Charles Paxton

When?
Friday, August 17 2012 at 8:30PM

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29-35 Niddry Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LG

Who?
Dr. Charles Paxton

What's the talk about?


Nessie is famous throughout the world and there have been many sightings since 1933. Dr  Charles Paxton from the University of St Andrews explores what the collected reports tell us about the nature of the Loch Ness monster and reveals some of Nessie's numeric secrets.

Skeptics on the Mile

Chimaara Productions / Ash Pryce

When?
Friday, August 17 2012 at 6:00PM

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Where?

Royal Mile
Edinburgh

Who?
Chimaara Productions / Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Ghosts Busted is a very unique tour. Believed to be the first in the world to be a "Skeptics Ghosts Tour", your guide has many years of experience of investigating claims of the supernatural in Edinburgh from a skeptical position.

You will be taken from the Statue of David Hume, the father of scepticism and treated to the usual ghostly tales of the city, but with a twist - you'll also get to hear the psychological and environmental factors that are the real cause of haunted activity.

Drawing on research from emminent professors and psychologists this tour will truly seperate fact from fiction without losing any of the fun, fright factor and entertainment commonly associated with ghost tours. Featuring:

The Scientific investigations into Edinburgh's South Bridge
The story of the UK's last execution for blasphemy
The haunting of the Nor Loch and the gassy explanation
Decipher Electronic Voice Phenomenon
Discover Pareidolia - a major cause of ghost citings
Visit Edinburghs "Celebrity Graveyard" and find out why we so often feel they are haunted.
The persecution of the witches and more...

At the Fringe of Reason

Dr. Clio Bellenis

When?
Thursday, August 16 2012 at 8:30PM

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29-35 Niddry Street
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EH1 1LG

Who?
Dr. Clio Bellenis

What's the talk about?

Why are psychiatric drugs so frequently denigrated by the popular press and skeptics alike? Is it rational, or based on something rather less reasonable?

At the Fringe of Reason

Dr. Peter Lamont

When?
Wednesday, August 15 2012 at 8:30PM

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29-35 Niddry Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LG

Who?
Dr. Peter Lamont

What's the talk about?

For many years, I have studied extraordinary phenomena, from magic and miracles to mesmerism and mind-reading. I have encountered some very mysterious things, met some rather peculiar folk, and had some remarkably strange conversations. This is about the stuff I continue to find genuinely extraordinary.  BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Peter Lamont is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, who specializes in the history and psychology of magic and the paranormal. He does this because, having worked in the real world, he decided long ago to work somewhere else. So he gained a first-class honours degree in Economic and Social History (University of Edinburgh), and postgraduate certificates in Theology and Education, before completing a PhD entitled ?Magic and Miracles in Victorian Britain? (University of Edinburgh). He went on to win the Jeremiah Dalziel Prize for British History, then an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts. Having ended up in a Psychology department, which was never the intention, he is now Secretary of the British Psychological Society (History and Philosophy of Psychology Section), and Programme Director of the MSc in History and Theory of Psychology (University of Edinburgh). Peter is also a former professional magician, an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle, and a Past President of the Edinburgh Magic Circle. He has written extensively on historical and psychological matters relating to magic and the paranormal, in a wide range of academic and popular periodicals, and in three books: Magic in theory: an introduction to the theoretical and psychological elements of conjuring (1999) [with Richard Wiseman]; The rise of the Indian rope trick: biography of a legend (2004) [a New York Times book of the year]; and The first psychic: the peculiar mystery of a notorious Victorian wizard (2005). In addition to many other media involvements, he wrote and presented the BBC radio series Wizards of the North, and was the academic consultant on the BBC television series, Magic.

His forthcoming book, Extraordinary beliefs: a historical approach to a psychological problem, will be published later this year by Cambridge University Press. In other words, the book is not out yet, so he is not doing this talk in order to sell books. Come to think of it, why is he giving this talk? It certainly isn?t for the money. Perhaps in the interests of spreading his wisdom to a larger audience? Yes, let?s go with that. But I must ? sorry he must remember to delete this last bit, or else it might sound a tad pretentious. After all, the whole point of writing these things in the third person is to avoid sounding like we?re simply bragging. Thankfully, nobody reads them. Except you. But that's because you're special.

Beyond the Fringe of Reason

Dr. Brooke Magnanti

When?
Tuesday, August 14 2012 at 8:30PM

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Where?

Queen Street
Edinburgh

Who?
Dr. Brooke Magnanti

What's the talk about?

What is a Sex Myth and how do we spot one? Where do our assumptions about sex and sexuality come from, and do they have merit? In a lighthearted ramble through the various dark corners of sex and the media, Dr Brooke Magnanti examines the compelling connections between the things we believe and the people who want us to believe them. Drawing both on her experience as a sex worker and career as a scientist, she plumbs the depths of sexual mythmaking and exposes that what we think we know, we often don't know much about at all.