Posted by Stephen Law on April 20, 2009
A joint SPES.CFIUK event.
Ever wondered whether there is some truth to sailors’s tales of monsters from the ocean’s depths? Dr Paxton, a scientist from the University of St Andrews, is one of the country’s most qualified cryptozoologists, and he will be running both a lecture and a workshop on monsters from the deep – mythical and real. Revised timetable: 11am–12.20 Lecture plus QandA with Charles Paxton
1.00-2.20 Lecture plus QandA with Darren Naish
2.20-3.10pm Workshop with Charles Paxton.
VENUE: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London W1
In conjunction with SPES.
Cost: £10 (£5 students and free to all Humanist orgs incl BHA, SPES, GLHA, and NH subscribers). FREE to Friends of CFI UK.
Book by sending a cheque with names of attendees To Suresh Lalvani, Ex Director CFIUK, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London W1R. Or use credit or debit card via paypal – hit “Support cfiuk” button and follow instructions.
Anecdotes, Statistics and Sea Monsters
Skeptics often argue that the evidence for anomalous phenomena is primarily anecdotal and hence not amenable to scientific scrutiny. However if conclusions are appropriately constrained, useful meaningful inferences can be drawn from anecdotal reports. In this talk Charles Paxton will demonstrate the contributions anecdotes can bring to our understanding of reported rare natural phenomena by uncovering some interesting statistical aspects of reports and discoveries of sea monsters from 1758 – 2000.
N.B. Have no fear this talk is not mathematical!
Ecology and Aquatic Monsters
By way of demos and experiments, this workshop will explore what ecology tells us about the probability and nature of unknown aquatic animals.
Dr Charles Paxton is a statistical ecologist at the University of St Andrews who, when not estimating population sizes of marine mammals and teaching courses in scientific thinking is writing a book on the real science behind reports of large unknown aquatic animals.
Charles is joined by Darren Naish, researcher at The University of Portsmouth, who will talk about about the ‘prehistoric survivor paradigm’ and what it means (or doesn’t mean) for ‘sea monster’ sightings.