Have we learned much in 300 Years?

Brian Sharpless

Tuesday, November 15 2016 at 7:00PM

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

Brian Sharpless

What's the talk about?


this talk takes place on a TUESDAY AND is

the first of TWO talks taking place in November.


 We like to think that humans have become more rational and civilized over time. We also tend to view the excesses of the past as not only alien (and somewhat ridiculous), but unlikely or even impossible to happen in our own, more sensible age.  However, this latter assumption has been proven wrong time and again, as history and strange decisions tend to repeat themselves. 


This pattern can clearly be seen in the history of Witchcraft/Satanic panics.  After discussing one case from over 300 years ago (during the Enlightenment), we will explore a more recent case from the 1990s.  As will be demonstrated, the similarities far outweigh the differences, and much can be learned so that future panics will be less likely to occur.


 Brian A. Sharpless is an associate professor of psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington DC.  He is author (along with Karl Doghramji) of Sleep Paralysis: Historical Psychological, and Medical Perspectives and editor of the forthcoming book Unusual and Rare Psychological Disorders:  A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Research (both published through Oxford University Press).

£4 per head will get you a ticket in our drinks raffle, two lucky attendees will win a FREE pint on the night.