Professor Chris French

Friday, October 7 2016 at 7:00PM

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63, Kingsway, Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 1JB

Professor Chris French

What's the talk about?

This October, it will be 5 years since the inaugural meeting of Stoke Skeptics in the Pub. Our very first speaker was Professor Chris French, then editor of 'The Skeptic', and now head of the anomalistic psychology research unit at Goldsmiths, University of London - we are delighted to be able to welcome Professor French back, to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary.

PLEASE NOTE the change of date (FRIDAY 7th October)
ALSO the change of venue (THE WHITE STAR)

Opinion polls repeatedly show relatively high levels of belief in ghosts even in modern Western societies. Furthermore, a sizeable minority of the population claim to have personally encountered a ghost. This talk will consider a number of factors that may lead people to claim that they have experienced a ghost even though they may not in fact have done so. Topics covered will include hoaxes, sincere misinterpretation of natural phenomena, hallucinatory experiences and pareidolia (seeing things that are not there), inattentional blindness (not seeing things that are there), the fallibility of eyewitness testimony, the possible role of complex electromagnetic fields and infrasound, photographic evidence, electronic voice phenomenon (EVP), and the role of the media.

Chris French is a British psychologist specialising in the psychology of paranormal beliefs and experiences, cognition and emotion. He is the head of the Goldsmiths, University of London's anomalistic psychology research unit and appears regularly in the media as an expert on testing paranormal claims.

£5 per head will get you a ticket in our drinks raffle, two lucky attendees will win a FREE pint on the night.
Eagle-eyed regulars will notice there is a slight increase in price for this event, this is because there is a charge for hire of this room and is unavoidable. We apologise for any invonvenience this may cause.