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Prof Wade Allison

When?
Wednesday, April 17 2019 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
Prof Wade Allison

What's the talk about?

 What is the talk about?


In his books Prof Wade Allison has highlighted the scientific evidence of the effect of radiation on humans and has contrasted that with the cultural rejection of nuclear energy, at all but the highest levels. He has discussed the harmless, and even beneficial, interaction of radiation with life. After the Fukushima accident his popular work was translated into Japanese and Chinese.

These issues have even greater relevance now due to the critical stage we have reached on addressing climate change by finding alternatives to fossil fuels. Nuclear energy is carbon free and provides supply certainty that renewable technologies such as wind and solar cannot. We cannot afford to ignore nuclear energy merely due to myths about radiation

Who is the speaker?

Prof Allison has been at the Physics Department at Oxford since the 1960s and spent most of his career doing experiments at CERN as well as his teaching. After his official retirement in 2008 he has continued to teach, lecture, publish and study. His books include “Radiation and Reason: The Impact of Science on a Culture of Fear” (2009) and “Nuclear is for Life” (2015). Prof Allison is the Hon Sec of SONE Supporters Of Nuclear Energy, which is at arms length from the nuclear industry and does not speak for them. He says that he speaks for my grandchildren.

Who are we?

Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife and many other areas of life. We we often end up talking about superstition, science, religious fundamentalism, health, censorship and conspiracy theory

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism..

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in with conversation and views!

Our Website is at wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org (http://wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org/) where you will find links to join our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HighWycombeSkeptics/) page and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wycombesitp).

Why we are wrong about nearly everything.

Bobby Duffy

When?
Wednesday, March 20 2019 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
Bobby Duffy

What's the talk about?

 What is the talk about?


Ipsos MORI began a series of studies on how people misperceive social realities back in 2012. After around one hundred thousand interviews in up to 40 countries, Bobby Duffy has written a book on how wrong we are, why and what we can do about it, this talk will be based on the findings of this study.

This unique study of misperceptions covers everything from our guesses at obesity levels, immigrant numbers, trends in crime and terrorism, how much we need in a pension pot, the sex lives of young people - and our misperceptions around Brexit, Trump and Facebook.

Who is the speaker?

Bobby is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute at King's College London.

Prior to joining King's, Bobby was Managing Director of the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute, which is a team of around 230 researchers in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Brussels, and Global Director of the Ipsos Social Research Institute, across around 30 countries.

He has worked across most public policy areas in his career of 25 years in policy research and evaluation, and has been seconded to the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the LSE.

Bobby also sits on several advisory boards for think tanks and universities, as well as the Campaign for Social Science..

Who are we?

Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife and many other areas of life. We we often end up talking about superstition, science, religious fundamentalism, health, censorship and conspiracy theory

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism..

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in with conversation and views!

Our Website is at wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org (http://wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org/) where you will find links to join our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HighWycombeSkeptics/) page and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wycombesitp).

Steve Tomkins

When?
Wednesday, February 20 2019 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Steve Tomkins

What's the talk about?

What is the talk about?


Steve Tomkins has written a fun but serious book “A Short History of Christianity” (2006, available on Amazon, endorsed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones) and has more recently made it into a show described as “halfway between a church history lecture and stand up comedy”.

Steve has a Phd in theology and has authored several books on Christian history. He edits the official magazine published by the United Reformed Church. Steve was brought up in charismatic conservative evangelical Christianity and now identifies with ‘progressive Christianity’. He has also written for the Guardian.

Who are we?

Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife and many other areas of life. We we often end up talking about superstition, science, religious fundamentalism, health, censorship and conspiracy theory

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism..

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in with conversation and views!

Our Website is at wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org (http://wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org/) where you will find links to join our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HighWycombeSkeptics/) page and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wycombesitp).

Liam Brierley

When?
Wednesday, January 16 2019 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
Liam Brierley

What's the talk about?

What is the talk about?

 

We’re constantly threatened by outbreaks of new viral diseases, such as SARS and Ebola. This show, first performed at the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is an interactive pandemic scenario that explores whether humanity is really at risk of extinction from the next viral outbreak. The room is quarantined because of the discovery of a new virus and we'll need the audience's help as we race to understand where this virus might have come from, whether it could go global, and how we could fight to stay one step ahead.
 
Liam Brierley is a statistician and epidemiologist with research interests in predicting outbreaks of new infectious diseases. Liam is also a media ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society, and has spoken to national radio and magazines about how crunching numbers can save lives. He is currently a Lecturer in Statistics at Coventry University. 


Who are we?

Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife and many other areas of life. We we often end up talking about superstition, science, religious fundamentalism, health, censorship and conspiracy theory

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism..

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in with conversation and views!

Our Website is at wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org (http://wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org/) where you will find links to join our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HighWycombeSkeptics/) page and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wycombesitp).

When?
Wednesday, November 21 2018 at 8:00PM

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Who?

What's the talk about?

 It is that time of year, the legendary Wycombe Skeptics Open mic night!

It's time for YOU to give a short 10 minute talk on the topic of your choice... the only criteria is that it should have some skeptical/scientific/evidence based angle to it! There will then be a few minutes for audience questions after each talk.

If you would like to give a talk please leave a message here, or email neildenham@hotmail.com with your name and talk idea, there will only be about 8 to 10 slots, so sign up now to avoid disappointment.

There will be the usual cash bar, great conversation, plenty of laughs, and plenty to get your mind whirring. A totally free event to attend, and everyone is welcome!

Who are we?

Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife and many other areas of life. We we often end up talking about superstition, science, religious fundamentalism, health, censorship and conspiracy theory

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism..

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in with conversation and views!

Our Website is at wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org (http://wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org/) where you will find links to join our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HighWycombeSkeptics/) page and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wycombesitp).

Will Storr

When?
Wednesday, October 17 2018 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
Will Storr

What's the talk about?

What is the talk about?


We live in an age of perfectionism. Every day, we're bombarded with the beautiful, successful, slim, socially-conscious and extroverted individual that our culture has decided is the perfect self. We see this person constantly in shop windows, in newspapers, on the television, at the movies and all over our social media. We berate ourselves when we don't match up to them - when we're too fat, too old, too poor or too sad. This cycle can be extremely bad for us. In recent years, psychologists have even begun to think that many people take their own lives because of the impossible standards that are set for who they ought to be.

Will Storr began to wonder about this perfect self that torments so many of us. Who, actually, is this person? Why does it hold such power over us? Could it be humanity's deadliest idea? And, if so, is there any way we can break its spell? To find out, Storr takes us on a journey from the shores of Ancient Greece, through the Christian Middle Ages, the encounter groups of 1960s California and self-esteem evangelists of the late twentieth century to modern-day America, where research suggests today's young people are in the grip of an epidemic of narcissism.

In this talk he'll tell the strange story of the individualist Western self from its birth on the Aegean to the era of hyper-individualistic neoliberalism in which we find ourselves today. Selfie reveals, for the first time, the epic tale of the person we all know so intimately . . . because it's us.

Will Storr is an award-winning journalist and novelist. His work has appeared in titles such as The Guardian Weekend, The Sunday Times Magazine and Esquire. He is the author of four critically acclaimed books and teaches popular journalism and storytelling classes in London, at Guardian Masterclasses and The Faber Academy.

Who are we?

Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife and many other areas of life. We we often end up talking about superstition, science, religious fundamentalism, health, censorship and conspiracy theory

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism..

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in with conversation and views!

Our Website is at wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org (http://wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org/) where you will find links to join our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HighWycombeSkeptics/) page and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wycombesitp).

processes and outcomes

David Baker

When?
Wednesday, September 19 2018 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
David Baker

What's the talk about?

David Baker works at Coventry University as a senior lecturer in criminology. His research is on deaths after police contact and how accountability is (or is not) constructed after these deaths. He has published on this issue in both the UK and US in the last few years. His latest projects focused on interviewing families of the deceased in these cases to try and understand how they attempt to get justice in the aftermath of such a death. One example of his work in the US is available on Radio 4's 'Four Thought' programme: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b1syd5. 

His talk for High Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub is titled 'Deaths after police contact: processes and outcomes' and will examine these deaths in England and Wales. It will cover who dies, how they die, and why - it will also debunk some popular myths on this issue and conclude by suggesting proposals for change.

Jonathan MS Pearce

When?
Wednesday, August 15 2018 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
Jonathan MS Pearce

What's the talk about?

 What is the talk about?


What does it mean to be human? What is personhood? These are questions that have interested philosophers for a long time. But it is also important for morality and politics. How does it affect abortion or animal rights? When did we start being human? And what does it mean for the future?
Jonathan MS Pearce looks at this from a philosophical angle and probably asks more questions than gives answers…

Jonathan MS Pearce is a philosopher, blogger, author and public speaker. He has a wide range of topics that interest him, most specifically ones that concern the existence of God. It’s something of an obsession…
As an author, Pearce writes about these subjects that fascinate him hugely. His books include “Free Will?”, “The Little Book of Unholy Questions”, “The Nativity: A Critical Examination”, “The Problem with ‘God’”; “13 Reasons to Doubt” and “Not Seeing God: Atheism in the 21st Century”. He has also reached out into the world of fiction with his apocalyptic and philosophical series “Survival of the Fittest”.
He talks on a number of topics and loves a good Q&A session to see what the audience comes up with…
Catch him on his Patheos blog at “A Tippling Philosopher” http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tippling/

Who are we?

Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife and many other areas of life. We we often end up talking about superstition, science, religious fundamentalism, health, censorship and conspiracy theory

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism..

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in with conversation and views!

Our Website is at wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org (http://wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org/) where you will find links to join our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HighWycombeSkeptics/) page and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wycombesitp).

Sex Censorship and the New Fascism

Jerry Barnett

When?
Wednesday, July 18 2018 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
Jerry Barnett

What's the talk about?

"First they came for the pornography, and then strip clubs, lads' mags and music videos. Then they came for hate speech, and then speech that was merely offensive. They eroded free speech online and on university campuses. They sought to divide people by gender and by race. Porn Panic! charts the rise of a new social conservatism for the new millennium, coinciding with the collapse of liberalism as a political force. A new fascism is here, and it s nothing like anyone expected..."

 

Jerry Barnett is the founder and primary writer at Sex & Censorship. In addition to his campaigning and writing work he is an author, photographer, technologist and entrepreneur. He lives in London. His book, Porn Panic!, was published by Zero Books in August 2016.  Jerry has written extensively on a variety of political subjects including sexual and racial politics, free speech, censorship and science.

James Crossley

When?
Wednesday, June 20 2018 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
James Crossley

What's the talk about?

 What is the talk about?


This talk is entitled 'What We Can Establish about the Historical Jesus", and will seek to discover what we can about this character who has inspired so many, can be shrouded in myth and millenia of reinterpretation, but is arguably the most influential and most studied man ever.

James Crossley joined St Mary’s University in London in September 2015 as Professor of Bible, Society and Politics after ten years at the University of Sheffield where he was Professor of Bible, Culture and Politics. His research and teaching interests can be put into two broad categories: Christian origins and Judaism in the 1st century; the Bible in political discourses in the 20th and 21st centuries.

He has debated with the leading proponents of a conservative take on the historical Jesus on the Christian Premier radio show and podcast 'Unbelievable?'

He's a proud Yorkshireman

 



Who are we?

Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife and many other areas of life. We we often end up talking about superstition, science, religious fundamentalism, health, censorship and conspiracy theory

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism..

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in with conversation and views!

Our Website is at wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org (http://wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org/) where you will find links to join our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HighWycombeSkeptics/) page and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wycombesitp).

Philip Moriarty

When?
Wednesday, May 16 2018 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
Philip Moriarty

What's the talk about?

 What is the talk about?


There is no doubt that quantum physics embodies mind-blowing concepts that force us to question the very nature of reality. And if there’s a contender for our current best “theory of everything” then quantum mechanics wins hands down.

But, far too often, the word “quantum” signals the worst type of vacuous pseudoscientific gobbledegook. It’s exploited by those who are entirely clueless about the underlying physics -- or, worse, should know better -- to evoke a misplaced mysticism about the ‘holistic’ nature of the universe. Moreover, when consciousness and quantum collide, the nonsense factor goes through the roof…

Philip Moriarty will aim to tease out the science from the mysticism and show that while quantum physics certainly has its weird and wacky aspects, it’s at heart a theory of waves. That means we can very often easily interpret what’s happening at the quantum level in terms of the everyday world around us – he’ll take a look at what coffee cups, drums, and a SlinkyTM can tell us about the broader nature of the universe (and Deepak Chopra’s place in it).

Philip Moriarty is a professor of physics at the University of Nottingham. He tweets at @Moriarty2112 and blogs at www.muircheart.wordpress.com.

Who are we?

Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife and many other areas of life. We we often end up talking about superstition, science, religious fundamentalism, health, censorship and conspiracy theory

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism..

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in with conversation and views!

Our Website is at wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org (http://wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org/) where you will find links to join our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HighWycombeSkeptics/) page and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wycombesitp).

Katie Steckles

When?
Wednesday, April 18 2018 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
Katie Steckles

What's the talk about?

Mathematical Life Hacks

We all know that people with maths, science and technology skills are experienced at problem solving.  But how useful are those skills in the real world? Mathematician and speaker Katie Steckles will show you some mathematical, logical and geometrical tricks to solve some of everyday life’s minor challenges – from tying your shoelace to changing a duvet cover, and some mathematical short-cuts too. You’ll never fold a t-shirt the same way again!

 

Katie Steckles is a mathematician based in Manchester, who gives talks and workshops on different areas of maths. She finished her PhD in 2011, and since then has talked about maths in schools, at science festivals, on BBC radio, at music festivals, as part of theatre shows and on the internet. She enjoys doing puzzles, solving the Rubik's cube and baking things shaped like maths.  In 2016, Katie was awarded the Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement, which means Katie was the official Science Communicator in Residence for the 2016 Manchester Science Festival, and ran the Manchester MegaPixel project as part of the festival.