9/8/12 - Ash Pryce & Jo Hockey
Stephen Makin is a medical doctor and clinical researcher who is passionate about helping the public spot flaws in scientific news stories and understand why so much research seems to produce unreliable results. He uses the examples from our spam filters – weight loss and penis size – to present research challenges such as ethical issues, observer bias, how to measure success, how to choose people for your trial, and he discusses the way businesses make healthy people hate their own bodies. The Q & A sessions show that people engage with the scientific issues more readily when the subject is one that captures their imagination.
Last night Stephen Makin, with a helping hand from Miss Twist, performed to a packed Cinema Room at the Banshee Labyrinth. After discussing the difficulties involved in determining the size of an ‘average’ penis, he went on to explain why men opt for various enlargement techniques. The evidence suggests that men will go to extreme lengths to gain 1 or 2 centimetres in order to appear larger in ‘public’ (changing rooms etc). Can we blame the porn industry and nudity laws or is this just part of being a man (so to speak)? - Jo Hockey
Review – Stephen Makin – Cock and Bull, truth and lies about penis size
Stephen Makins talk on The myths of penis size was one of the best Skeptics in the Pub talks I’ve seen, along with Ewan Leemings talk last night it is showing that grass roots speakers can be just as good – if not better – than the big celeb speakers out there. - Ash Pryce