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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)
Desborough Road
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HP11 2PU

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)
Desborough Road
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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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High Wycombe
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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)
Desborough Road
High Wycombe
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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.

Sunetra Gupta

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

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
Sunetra Gupta

What's the talk about?

 Join us for this free talk, a collection will be taken during the evening to cover costs, and drinks are available at the cash bar (which includes local Rebellion Beer). everyone is welcome, whatever your views!


Why do we have vaccines against some diseases but not against others? To understand this, it’s useful to conceptualise an infectious agent as being in possession of their very own wardrobe, from which they are obliged to select an outfit in order to be competent at infecting and surviving within us. What these garments represent are the fragments of the pathogen that our immune systems recognise and some pathogens like the influenza virus have a diverse wardrobe while other like measles have a very limited wardrobe. This is why the current vaccine we have for influenza appears to require updating every few years as the virus adopts new disguises to re-infiltrate its host population, whereas a single measles vaccine can protect you for life. But just how diverse is the wardrobe of the influenza virus? Are we really running an endless race to catch up with its wardrobe changes? How can we find ways to outwit it and other pathogens like the HIV virus and the malaria parasite which have extensive wardrobes at their disposal?

Sunetra Gupta is Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, she has been awarded the Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society of London and also the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her research. She is also the author of several novels, and a translator of poetry.

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).

Caroline Rance

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

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
Desborough Road
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HP11 2PU

Who?
Caroline Rance

What's the talk about?

 Details

Join us for this free talk, a collection will be taken during the evening to cover costs, and drinks are available at the cash bar (which includes local Rebellion Beer). everyone is welcome, whatever your views!

The nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw a proliferation of advertised medicines and health devices - some harmless, some strange and some downright fraudulent. From arsenic wafers to electric corsets, and from morphine-laced teething syrups to life-enhancing 'Z-Rays', Caroline Rance of www.thequackdoctor.com explores how patent medicine vendors attracted customers, and how the skeptics of the day attempted to put a stop to their lucrative activities.

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).

Robin Ince

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

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
Desborough Road
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

Who?
Robin Ince

What's the talk about?

 Join us for this free talk, a collection will be taken during the evening to cover costs, and drinks are available at the cash bar (which includes local Rebellion Beer). everyone is welcome, whatever your views!


Our first talk for 2018 is entitled "An Infinite Monkey Escapes" - a night where comedian and science communicator Robin Ince talks about the evolution of his work with Brian Cox, battles to popularise science, battles to understand science and days spent in radio telescope dishes.

Robin Ince is a comedian, author and broadcaster, he presents The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4 with Professor Brian Cox, a programme just starting it's 17th series. Robin also co=hosts the Book Shambles podcast with Josie Long. He is a supporter of the British Humanist Association and can be found regularly at fundraising gigs for good causes far and wide!



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 15 2017 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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HP11 2PU

Who?

What's the talk about?

Our scheduled talk by Philip Moriarty this month has been cancelled. We apologise for having to cancel so soon after having advertised it, but Philip found out he would be travelling to India on that day. We will be inviting him to speak next year in the Spring/Summer, so keep an eye on our meetup page for that!

So instead we want to do something a bit different and celebrate what has happened so far in the history of Wycombe Skeptics with a party, and look forward to next year as well. It would be wonderful if you could join us on the 15th, the bar will be open, nachos and hot dogs will be on sale there will be all sorts of fun things happening on the night!

We will also be saying goodbye to Paul Hargrove, the founder of Wycombe Skeptics, who is moving to New Zealand in a few weeks, he will be missed in Wycombe and we wanted to make sure he has a great send off!

Join us from 8pm!

 Stevyn Colgan

When?
Wednesday, October 18 2017 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
Desborough Road
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Who?
Stevyn Colgan

What's the talk about?

Join us for this free talk, a collection will be taken during the evening, and drinks are available at the cash bar. everyone is welcome, whatever your views!

Life, the Universe, and … Elderberries? Einstein once said: ‘A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?’ Using Einstein’s fruit bowl as a starting point, Stevyn Colgan takes us on a journey of interconnectedness from the very big to the very small and everything in between, peppered with fascinating facts about the universe we live in. And the ones we don’t. 

You’ll find out why a dragon fruit is like the big bang, why the sun could be made of bananas and what the centre of the galaxy smells like. And you’ll also come to realise that Douglas Adams had it right all along when he said that everything is fundamentally connected. 

Stevyn Colgan is the author of eight books and, for 11 years, was one of the ‘elves’ that write and research the hit BBC TV show QI. He was also part of the writing team that won the Palm D’or for it’s sister show on BBC Radio 4, The Museum of Curiosity. He has appeared at many festivals and events around the world and has appeared on podcasts and radio shows such as Freakonomics, No Such Thing As A Fish, Ex Libris, Josie Longs’s Short Cuts and many more. He is currently taking a break from being a smarty-pants to concentrate on comedy and his first novel A Murder To Die For is being published in January 2018.

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 where you will find links to join our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

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