Leeds Skeptics are a friendly group of free thinkers who get together to discuss issues of science, pseudoscience and philosophy - a broad range of topics from homoeopathy and creationism to space weather and generic research. Importantly, we like to do this "in the Pub." You can find out more about us here.
19 March 2014
After the success of his SiTP talk, the award-winning "You know less than you think", Paul Hopwood is back for the sequel! Based around his Cognitive Psychology studies, the first talk focussed on the different stages of information processing in the human brain. By looking at research into the brain’s ability to acquire, store, retrieve and use information; the talk highlighted that humans have a tendency to severely overestimate their ability to perform these tasks. [More].
15 April 2014
It is hard to argue against using ‘scientific’ evidence to decide policy; which health care interventions should be employed or which policy actions should be used in the social sphere. Randomised controlled trials give clear, accurate results … if everything works out perfectly. However everything does not always work out perfectly. There are big problems from studies even in the tightly regulated medical arena. (Recently, 3rd Jan 2014, the Public Accounts Committee published a damning report on the multi-million pound acquisition of the drug ‘Tamiflu’). [More].
17 May 2014
Talk by Professor Liane Benning.