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A Skeptics Guide to Alien Encounters | Manchester

A Skeptics Guide to Alien Encounters | Manchester

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  •  113-115 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 6DW
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Professor Chris French is Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London.  He is a Fellow of the British ... More Info »
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Close encounters of the Psychological kind

In recent years astronomers have discovered an ever-increasing number of earth-like planets, fuelling speculation that we may not be alone in the universe. Many members of the public are already convinced that not only is there intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, but also that aliens visit our planet regularly. Indeed, many claim to have had personal experiences that prove that this is so. Are there plausible alternative explanations for such claims?

This talk will cover psychological aspects of alien contact claims, ranging from simple sightings of "unidentified flying objects" to alien abduction experiences. It will be argued that all such claims can be accounted for in terms of known psychological phenomena including sleep paralysis and false memories.

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Professor Chris French is Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London.

He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and a Patron of the British Humanist Association. He is a member of the Scientific and Professional Advisory Board of the British False Memory Society and an Honorary Member of the Centre for Memory and Law at City University.

He has published well over 120 articles and chapters covering a wide range of topics within psychology. His main area of research is the psychology of paranormal beliefs and anomalous experiences. He writes for the Guardian and The Skeptic magazine.

His most recent books are Anomalistic Psychology, co-authored with Nicola Holt, Christine Simmonds-Moore, and David Luke (2012, Palgrave Macmillan), and Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience, co-authored with Anna Stone (2014, Palgrave Macmillan).

Venue: Leaf, Manchester

Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.

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Close encounters of the Psychological kind In recent years astronomers have discovered an ever-increasing number of earth-like planets, fuelling speculation that we may not be alone in the universe. Many members of the public are already convinc... Read More
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