Drinking skeptically in the City of Dreams

Welcome to Newcastle upon Tyne Skeptics in the Pub! We organise monthly skeptical pub talks in Newcastle upon Tyne, the City of Dreams. Our upcoming talks are listed below - no tickets required, you can just turn up on the night.

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James Williams

Wednesday, February 14 2018 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

James Williams

What's the talk about?

In 1995 a dutch biologist Kees Moeliker was sitting in his office when he heard the thud of a bird hitting the glass wall of his building. Upon inspection, he discovered a male mallard duck lying dead on the ground. As he watched, a second living duck appeared and beginning to copulate with it. The act lasted for an impressive 75 minutes and only stopped when the biologist intervened.

It isn’t just in ducks that this behaviour has been observed. Necrophilia has been seen in many species of animals including dogs, cats, otters, sea lions and humpback whales. And of course humans...

James Williams will be casting a skeptical eye over the topic of necrophilia, discussing its zoology, its existence in humans and its role in our modern culture.

He is a science communicator, skeptic and storyteller based in Bristol who specialises in critically discussing dark, and taboo topics with humour and irreverence.