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November 2018

Weird Science: An Introduction To Anomalistic Psychology

22nd November 2018 @ 19:30 - 21:30
The Style and Winch, 72 Union Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1ED United Kingdom
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£5

Ever since records began, in every known society, a substantial proportion of the population has reported unusual experiences many of which we would today label as “paranormal”. Opinion polls show that the majority of the general public accepts that paranormal phenomena do occur. Such widespread experience of and belief in the paranormal can only mean one of two things. Either the paranormal is real, in which case this should be accepted by the wider scientific community which currently rejects such…

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December 2018

How to be a Psychic Conman

12th December 2018 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Heart of Kent Hospice, 15a, King Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1BA
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£6

"Leicester's answer to Derren Brown" - BBC Radio "The skills incorporated into the show breath-taking ... a highly impressive performance" - Bunbury Magazine Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the traveling caravan, as Snake Oil Salesman Ash Pryce demonstrates the miraculous curative abilities of psychic surgery, taught to your humble trickster by a wise man in the Philippines (or a magicians tool book, whichever sounds more wondrous). See with amazement the telekinetic forces at work as you…

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January 2019

I’m A Joke And So Are You

15 January @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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£5

What better way to understand ourselves than through the eyes of comedians - those who professionally examine our quirks on stage daily? In this touching and witty book, award-winning presenter and comic Robin Ince uses the life of the stand-up as a way of exploring some of the biggest questions we all face. Where does anxiety come from? How do we overcome imposter syndrome? What is the key to creativity? How can we deal with grief? Informed by personal insights…

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February 2019

Mr Green And Mr Grey Cannot Visit Us Today

27 February @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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Given the bewildering variety of life on Earth – all stemming from one self-replicating molecule – can we really predict what life on other worlds is like? Maybe not. But we can imagine what it isn’t like. Stevyn Colgan has been involved with aliens for three decades. He’s held Jabba the Hutt’s face, helped sculpt creatures for Bruce Willis to shoot at, and had a script accepted for Doctor Who in the 1980s. In this entertaining talk, you’ll hear about…

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March 2019

*Cancelled* A Skeptics Guide To Spotting Bullshit *Cancelled*

27 March @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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  *Cancelled*  Apologies, but due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. Do you have a blind spot? You’re probably sure that other people have. When Carmen started looking into the subject she found that sometimes, just when it’s important, our capacity for critical thinking goes out of the window and we make poor decisions. In this talk Carmen will take us through: An introduction to the many different shades of bullshit How to spot it live in action…

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Crime, what crime?

27 March @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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Brexit has highlighted the media world that we live in; television, newspapers, social media, podcasts; we all rely on these mediums for our ‘facts’. But what we also know from the Brexit debate is that much of what we see, read or hear isn’t fact; most is opinion, conjecture misinterpretation, or simply ‘fake news’. As a lawyer, I am conscious that the Brexit debate has led to misconceptions regarding EU law, whether that is in terms of the scope of…

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April 2019

Neurotribes And The Pleasure Of Being Labelled

2 April @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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Neurotribes David Forsythe was a GP in Wateringbury for 30ish interesting years. When his mother, a primary school teacher, asked him ‘Have you read Jane Austin’s Persuasion’? he replied he'd never read a book from end to end. She dismissed him with a ‘Don’t be silly, you’re a GP!’. Having been diagnosed as being dyslexic at the late age 44, and due to better diagnosis and modern research, potentially somewhere on the Autistic spectrum, these discoveries led to the research…

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Myths and Legends of Transylvania

23 April @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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Transylvania is a byword for vampires and gypsy magic – but there is so much more strangeness that makes Dracula look pretty tame. Lore is passed on through fireside tales of demons, underworlds and wicked spirits that exist alongside humans, of a creator God who has long abandoned his world. Transylvania has long been a place of conflict, of cultural clashes and invasion. Within this unique European pressure cooker of faith and war, supernatural beliefs took hold in everyday life.…

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May 2019

*Postponed* What Every Parent Needs To Know About Steiner Schools

28 May @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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Steiner School taken by Nigel Cox *Postponed due to illness* With Michael Gove and the coalition approving new Steiner Schools to open under the Free School Programme, it is timely to look closely at the origins and beliefs of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the occult movement of Anthroposophy. Steiner was a mystic who believed he had direct clairvoyant access to cosmic knowledge. As such he developed an esoteric belief system based on karma, reincarnation, astrology, homeopathy and gnomes. His…

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June 2019

Forgetting Ourselves: Reflections On Memory And Identity

26 June @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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Professor Chris French, head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, explores the myriad ways in which are our memories can fail us. Together we’ll consider the unreliability of eyewitness testimony and its consequences, as well as our tendency to create entirely false memories, either spontaneously or as a result of dubious forms of psychotherapy or manipulations by devious experimental psychologists. We’ll also explore the phenomenon of “non-believed memories”; that is, that strange phenomenon whereby we have a clear…

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