The Edinburgh Skeptics have a show at the Fringe in which they invite guest speakers to come and do a lecture on any given topic, be it science, astronomy, maths or any practical application of skepticism.
The theme of skepticism is underlying in every talk. And this particular talk was given by Stevyn Colgan, retired police officer, writer, painter, and researcher for QI. An exceptionally busy man by all accounts, and someone who has a life with many interesting tales to share.
The talk focused on his career as a police officer and how he went against the traditional ideas of the constabulary to change the thinking from the of catching criminals to the reduction of situations where they can operate and exist.
He talked about the warped perception of the police role, how society appears to have distanced itself from responsibility, and how subtle changes in attitude and logical thinking can unify a seemingly fractured and ‘hellish’ neighbourhood into one where there is a waiting list to move in.
While I cannot comment on the quality of the other guest speakers, if they are anything like Colgan, I’d highly recommend going. They serve as great thought provocation and you certainly learn something new.