Circular Reasoning: The Rise of Flat Earth Belief

Over the past few years, I’ve given almost 100 free talks to skeptics in the pub groups, humanists, students, conferences, degree courses and comedy festivals – including my talks:

  • Adventures in pseudoscience – a fun journey through almost a decade of my skeptical activism and investigations
  • Diluting NHS Homeopathy until it’s just a memory – a look at Good Thinking’s campaign to investigate and challenge NHS funding for homeopathy
  • Bad PR – how and why the media fell to publishing PR pieces as news, and why it matters.

My new talk, covering my investigations into the Flat Earth movement, is also now available. If you’d like me to talk for your Skeptics in the Pub, university group, humanist group or other, please get in touch and I’ll be happy to come speak for you. You can find dates of my upcoming talks below, and to arrange a talk in your area simply email marsh@goodthinkingsociety.org.

Circular Reasoning: The Rise of Flat Earth Belief

by Michael Marshall In 2013, when Michael Marshall first interviewed the Vice President of the Flat Earth society for his show Be Reasonable, people could scarcely believe that anyone could genuinely think the Earth was flat. Five years later, Flat Earth belief has gone mainstream, spawning thousands of hours of YouTube videos, gaining widespread international media coverage, and attracting countless followers. How did we get here? In this talk, Marshall will talk through his experiences of the Flat Earth movement, take a look at the leaders and some of their reasoning, and report back from the weekend he spent at the UK’s first ever Flat Earth convention. Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society and the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work has seen him organising international homeopathy protests, going undercover to expose psychics and quack medics, and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman. Requirements: projector, screen. Upcoming dates:

  • Bournemouth University (PR lecture) – December 13th, 2018
  • Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub – December 13th, 2018
  • Leicester Skeptics in the Pub – December 18th, 2018
  • Cardiff Humanists – February 11th, 2019
  • Cambridge Science Festival – March 12th, 2019
  • Brighton Skeptics in the Pub – March 28th 2019
  • Greenwich Skeptics in the Pub – May 1st, 2019
  • Cambridge Skeptics in the Pub – May 14th, 2019
  • Sheffield Skeptics in the Pub – TBD
  • Winchester Skeptics in the Pub – TBD

 

  Previous talks:

  1. Glasgow Skeptics in the Pub – November 12th, 2018
  2. Barnsley Skeptics in the Pub – November 1st, 2018
  3. Maidstone Skeptics in the Pub – October 29th, 2018
  4. QED conference, Manchester – October 13th-14th, 2018
  5. York Skeptics in the Pub – September 24th, 2018
  6. Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub – September 12th, 2018
  7. Teeside Skeptics in the Pub- September 6th, 2018
  8. Camp Quest UK – September 21st, 2018
  9. Gravesend Skeptics in the Pub- August 15th, 2018
  10. NECSS, New York, USA – 13th July 2018
  11. Humanist Students Southampton – 5th March 2018
  12. Stellenbosch University, South Africa – 19th November 2017
  13. Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub – 13th September 2017
  14. Edinburgh Festival – Skeptics on the Fringe – 17th August 2017
  15. IHEYO annual conference, London – 4th August 2017
  16. Stoke Skeptics in the Pub – 10th May 2017
  17. Horsham Skeptics in the Pub – 24th April 2017
  18. High Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub – 19th April 2017
  19. Glasgow Skeptics in the Pub – 27th March 2017
  20. Bangor Science Cafe – 18th January 2017
  21. Sydney Skeptics in the Pub – 29 November 2016
  22. Australian Skeptics National Convention, Melbourne – 25th November 2016
  23. Greenwich Skeptics in the Pub – 2nd November 2016
  24. QED 2016 – Manchester – 14th-16th October 2016
  25. Brighton Skeptics in the Cafe – 27th September 2016
  26. Norwich Skeptics in the Pub – 13th September 2016
  27. Essex Skeptics in the Pub – 14th September 2016
  28. LIDo PhD Retreat – High Wycombe – 8th September 2016
  29. Edinburgh Festival – Skeptics on the Fringe – 10th August 2016
  30. Leicester Skeptics in the Pub – 19th July 2016
  31. Portsmouth Skeptics in the Pub – 14th July 2016
  32. Teesside Skeptics in the Pub – 7th July 2016
  33. Southport Philosophy in the Pub – 6th June 2016
  34. Bedford Skeptics in the Pub – 21st April 2016
  35. Sheffield Skeptics in the Pub – 29th February 2016
  36. Reading Skeptics in the Pub – 15th February 2016
  37. Brighton Humanists – 3rd February 2016
  38. Cork Skeptics in the Pub – 29th January 2016
  39. Dublin Skeptics in the Pub – 28th January 2016
  40. Eastbourne Skeptics in the Pub – 27th January 2016
  41. CFI UK: Science in the Media, Conway Hall, London – 12th December 2015
  42. Durham University Humanists – 25th November 2015
  43. Leeds Skeptics in the Pub – 24th November 2015
  44. High Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub – 18th November 2015
  45. Exeter Humanists – 14th November 2015
  46. Cardiff Skeptics in the Pub – 17th November 2015
  47. Bristol Skeptics in the Pub – 28th October 2015
  48. Liverpool Skeptics in the Pub – 15th October 2015
  49. Milton Keynes Skeptics in the Pub – 14th October 2015
  50. York Skeptics in the Pub – 24th August 2015
  51. Malmo Skeptics in the Pub, Sweden – 21st September 2015
  52. Cambridge Skeptics in the Pub – 28th July 2015
  53. Oxford Skeptics in the Pub – 22nd July 2015
  54. Gravesend Skeptics in the Pub – 15th July 2015
  55. Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub – 8th July 2015
  56. Nottingham Skeptics in the Pub – 7th July 2015
  57. QED, Manchester – 24th-26th April 2015 (new talk)
  58. Liverpool SciBar – 7th April 2015
  59. Cheltenham Skeptics in the Pub – 31th March 2015
  60. Northern Ireland Science Festival, Belfast – 24th February 2015
  61. Dublin Skeptics in the Pub – 6th February 2015
  62. Cork Skeptics in the Pub – 5th February 2015
  63. Greenwich Skeptics in the Pub – 4th February 2015
  64. Glasgow Skeptics in the Pub – 12th January 2015
  65. Brisbane, AUS – 1st December 2014
  66. Australian Skeptics National Convention, Sydney, AUS – 29th-30th November 2014
  67. Liverpool Skeptics in the Pub – 20th November 2014
  68. Horsham Skeptics in the Pub – 13th November 2014
  69. Milton Keynes Skeptics in the Pub – 11th November 2014
  70. Southport Philosophy in the Pub – 3rd November 2014
  71. Guildford Skeptics in the Pub – 24th September 2014
  72. Coventry Skeptics in the Pub – 17th September 2014
  73. Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub – 10th September 2014
  74. Barnsley Skeptics in the Pub – 4th September 2014
  75. Winchester Skeptics in the Pub – 28th August 2014
  76. Cambridge Skeptics in the Pub – 27th August 2014
  77. Edinburgh Skeptics on the Fringe – 15th August 2014
  78. Nine Worlds Geekfest, London – 10th August 2014
  79. Nottingham Skeptics in the Pub – 5th August 2014
  80. Lincoln Skeptics in the Pub – 4th August 2014
  81. Greater Manchester Skeptics in the Pub – 10th July 2014
  82. Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub – 9th July 2014
  83. Stoke Skeptics in the Pub – 2nd July 2014
  84. Bristol Skeptics in the Pub – 25th June 2014
  85. York Skeptics in the Pub – 23rd June 2014
  86. Leicester Skeptics in the Pub – 17th June 2014
  87. Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub – 11th June 2014
  88. Brighton Skeptics in the Pub – 10th June 2014
  89. Ealing Skeptics in the Pub – 12th May 2014
  90. Oxford Skeptics in the Pub – 8th May 2014
  91. University of Liverpool Humanists – 29th April 2014
  92. Sheffield Skeptics in the Pub – 28th April 2014
  93. Exeter Skeptics in the Pub – 23rd April 2014
  94. Plymouth Humanists – 22nd April 2014
  95. Teeside Skeptics in the Pub – 3rd April 2014