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Chris Rhodes

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

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
Chris Rhodes

What's the talk about?

 What is the talk about?


Across the world, some 30 billion barrels of crude oil are produced, and consumed each year. However, global production of crude oil is in decline by 5% per annum, meaning that a compensating equivalent of a new Saudi Arabia must be brought on-stream every 3—4 years. Most of this “new oil” is expected to come from more challenging, unconventional sources, which include fracking shale, deepwater drilling, heavy oil, and tar sands. Within ten years it may not be possible to sustain the global supply of oil at present levels. In view of an extreme dependency on oil, we may struggle to meet many of the demands of modern global civilisation, including that of food production. Fracking is touted as being the solution to our energy problems, but it is really a distraction from the true predicament we are in, and the need to de-globalise, focussing instead on smaller and more self-sufficient communities. Welcome to a brave new world.

Who is the speaker?

Chris Rhodes left school at 16 and worked as a technician for Beecham Pharmaceuticals and then Welcome Research. He did day-release at Croydon Technical College, and went on to Sussex University, where he was awarded a B.Sc. and later a D.Phil. in chemistry. He became the youngest professor of physical chemistry in the U.K., aged 34, and was awarded a Higher Doctorate (D.Sc.) in 2003. He is currently Director of Fresh-lands Environmental Actions and is based in Reading. He has written more than 400 scientific articles, along with collections of poetry and journalism, a modern day Eco-parable, entitled “Hippy the Happy Hippopotamus”, and his first novel “University Shambles”, which is a black comedy on the disintegration of the British university system.
Professor Rhodes will have copies of his novel available to purchase.

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).

Michael Marshall

When?
Wednesday, June 19 2019 at 8:00PM

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

Who?
Michael Marshall

What's the talk about?

What is the talk about?


In 2013, when Michael Marshall first interviewed the Vice President of the Flat Earth society for his show Be Reasonable, people could scarcely believe that anyone could genuinely think the Earth was flat. Five years later, Flat Earth belief has gone mainstream, spawning thousands of hours of YouTube videos, gaining widespread international media coverage, and attracting countless followers. How did we get here?

In this talk, Marshall will talk through his experiences of the Flat Earth movement, take a look at the leaders and some of their reasoning, and report back from the weekend he spent at the UK’s first ever Flat Earth convention.

Who is the speaker?

Michael Marshall is the Project Director of the Good Thinking Society and the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast.

His work has seen him organising international homeopathy protests, going undercover to expose psychics and quack medics, and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Statesman.

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).

Sadia Hameed

When?
Wednesday, May 15 2019 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church (Cafe Space)
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Who?
Sadia Hameed

What's the talk about?

 What is the talk about?


Full talk description coming soon

Who is the speaker?

Sadia Hameed is a spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, as well as being a women's rights and human rights activist. She is regularly featured on TV documentaries, and is a writer for Sister-Hood.com, and also a previous Skeptics in the Pub speaker.

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).

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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Where?

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

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)
Desborough Road
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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.