Exploring the limits of human perception

Paul Hopwood

Wednesday, April 9 2014 at 7:00PM

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Paul Hopwood

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Please note change of date to the second Wednesday

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 focused 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.


This second talk moves away from how good we believe our cognitive toolkit is: and instead looks at how well we think we use it. Through looking at various examples of human perception; the audience will be engaged to think about such matters as ‘Is Common Sense that common and does it make that much sense?’, ‘Does looking backwards help us to look forwards?’, ‘How much attention should we pay to randomness?’ and ‘Are you an idiot or a genius?’


Paul Hopwood is an active member of the Skeptic Community, who has received widespread praise for the enthusiastic and enlightening nature of his public talks. His first SiTP talk was awarded ‘The Worfolk Lecture 2012’ by The Chris Worfolk Foundation; having being adjudged by the Foundation’s committee to be the best talk for improving the public understanding of science that year.


He is a regular guest on ‘The Skeptic Canary Show’ each Wednesday night at 7pm; and is a very keen amateur chess player. He is also, to his knowledge, the only person to ever successfully solve a Rubik’s Cube during a SiTP Q+A.

£3 per head will get you a ticket in our drinks raffle,

two lucky attendees will win a FREE pint on the night.