Previous Aberystwyth Skeptics in the Pub events

When?
Friday, November 4 2011 at 4:00PM

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Where?

Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Aberystwyth University
Penglais Campus
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 3DE

Who?
Prof Len Scott

What's the talk about?

As part of the Festival of Social Science, Aberystwyth Skeptics in the Pub moves to the Theatre Bar at the Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, for a one-off presentation and debate featuring Len Scott, Professor in International History and Intelligence Studies.  Len will explore intelligence is represented in various contemporary contexts.  His thesis will revolve around the idea that how we frame our academic studies shapes the questions we ask and (sometimes) the answers we receive. It also reflects our implicit (or explicit) ideological and ideational assumptions. The practice of intelligence has received unprecedented scrutiny in the UK in the last decade, with the war on Iraq, the atrocities of 9/11 and 7/7, and controversies over human rights and the ‘war on terror’. The study of intelligence has matured in the UK, and now embraces a variety of methodological approaches and forms of enquiry, from political science, to history to the study of spy fiction. The presentation will outline and explore themes and issues in the representation of intelligence. It aims to provide perspective and insight, stimulate debate and  generate interest in further study at all levels.

Citizen Science for Skeptics

Alice Sheppard

When?
Thursday, June 23 2011 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Queens Road
Aberystwyth SY23 2HH

Who?
Alice Sheppard

What's the talk about?

Astronomy has been the subject of wonder and speculation for as long as historical records exist. As with all science, people got some things right - and, even with the best methods available, other things wrong.

Since 2007, Alice Sheppard has run the Galaxy Zoo Forum, the discussion area for an online astronomy project with 300,000 members worldwide. Galaxy Zoo has so far produced 21 papers, whose authors and acknowledged contributors include several ordinary citizens. Some of its findings were a direct result of questions or collections of objects created by the users, who became "Citizen scientists".

Alice takes us through some of the best and worst of astronomical history, and what ancient and modern mistakes are made today. We will hear the questions people have come to Galaxy Zoo with, the ways in which biases were found and dealt with by the scientists and participants, the beautiful and inspiring projects created by untrained people and the scientific thinking they learnt for themselves to apply.

We also take a look at citizen science in general, how Galaxy Zoo taught large numbers of people to understand and use science, and explore what this might mean for skepticism.

Alice is one of Cardiff Skeptics's two founders (the one who does the Internet stuff while Dean does the more important bit). By day she's an office superviser at a charity for disabled people; by night she writes about science and astronomy.

 

When?
Tuesday, April 26 2011 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Llys Y Brenin
Aberystwyth
SY23 2AP

Who?
George Monbiot

What's the talk about?

Environmental campaigner and journalist George Monbiot will be our guest at the launch of Aberystwyth Skeptics in the Pub.  More details will follow.