Who is speaking at MSSX?
Dave Alnwick is one of the UK’s most exciting magical talents, with a string of sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a tour of Skeptics in the Pub groups and a stellar performance at QED under his belt. Dave performed shows for the Merseyside Skeptics Society in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and is a big supporter of UK skepticism. Dave will be performing during the evening entertainment.
Chris French is a Professor of Psychology and Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has published over 100 articles and chapters covering a wide range of topics within psychology. His main current area of research is the psychology of paranormal beliefs and anomalous experiences. He frequently appears on radio and television casting a sceptical eye over paranormal claims, and is former editor of The Skeptic.
Britt Hermes is a former naturopath whose investigation of the evidence in her field led her to abandon naturopathy and become a science communicator and biomedical researcher. Having realised she had fallen prey to the misinformation machine of alternative medicine, Britt gave up her naturopathic practice in the United States and began vocally criticising her former profession.
Dr Alice Howarth is a pharmacologist and cell biologist at the University of Liverpool and board director of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. She is part of the Skeptics with a K team, has investigated psychic shows and cancer quackery events, and has written for The Guardian.
Meirion Jones was a BBC producer who is in the unusual position of winning the 2013 Scoop of the Year award for a programme which was never broadcast: an exposé of Jimmy Savile. He also won the Daniel Pearl International Award for Investigative Journalism in 2010 for his reports on toxic waste dumping by Trafigura in Africa. He has exposed everything from the fixing of the 2000 US election, to how Britain helped Israel get the atom bomb, from corrupt politicians to the affair of Mark Stone and the undercover cops, as well as homeopaths and healers.
Emma McClure is a solicitor specialising in prison and public law whose work sees her regularly representing prisoners during parole hearings and bringing judicial reviews against public bodies. She has given talks around the country on the way in which over-confidence in the veracity of forensic science can lead to miscarriages of justice and has gone undercover to investigate psychics, faith healers and Mind Body Spirit fairs.
Simon Singh is a best-selling science writer and journalist, whose skeptical writing on chiropractic was famously the subject of an unsuccessful legal action by the British Chiropractic Association. As a result of this, he was at the forefront of the successful Libel Reform Campaign. In 2006, he worked with Newsnight and Sense About Science to expose common claims by homeopaths to be able to prevent malaria. In 2012 Simon founded the Good Thinking Society, where as Chairman he has overseen projects investigating faith healers and psychics, reporting misleading claims by chiropractors and osteopaths, and challenging the NHS funding of homeopathy.
Michael Marshall is Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society, and Project Director of the Good Thinking Society. Since 2013 he has interviewed with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast, including leaders of the Flat Earth movement; earlier this year, he attended the UK’s first ever Flat Earth conference. Marsh will be the emcee for MSSX.