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Philip Moriarty

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

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The Old St John's Church
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

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
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

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
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

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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Where?

The Old St John's Church
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
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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Where?

The Old St John's Church
DesboroughRoad
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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Where?

The Old St John's Church
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
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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Where?

The Old St John's Church
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
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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.

A Pride of Ex Muslims

 Sadia Hameed

When?
Wednesday, August 16 2017 at 8:00PM

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Where?

The Old St John's Church
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

Who?
Sadia Hameed

What's the talk about?

The Council of Ex Muslims of Britain (CEMB) marched in the London pride procession this year to express their solidarity for those LGBT individuals in Muslim majority countries that would be executed simply for who they are. 
 

Although there were Christian groups marching with placards saying "God is gay" and "Jesus has two fathers", CEMB's "Allah is Gay" placards have recieved a deluge of negative press, even though the response from those that came to watch the march was largely positive.  

 

Sadia Hameed is a spokesperson for the  Council of Ex Muslims of Britain and has worked in the violence against women's sector for much of her career, with a focus on the experiences of Black and Minority ethnic women. 
 
She was awarded Activist of the year in March by the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation and Selected as one of the top 100 women in the World by Lift Effects. 

Dr. Ciarán O'Keeffe

When?
Wednesday, July 19 2017 at 8:00PM

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Where?

The Old St John's Church
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

Who?
Dr. Ciarán O'Keeffe

What's the talk about?

 Everyone is welcome, whatever your views on this topic! 

A cash bar is available, and this event is totally free to attend!

Join Dr. Ciarán O'Keeffe as he shares his adventures as a Parapsychologist testing various special claimants in the lab. Dr. O'Keeffe will also provide accounts of his frequent battles with mediums and psychics, and reveal "evidence" from his field-work examining haunting experiences (or as he says, "Ghostbusting"!) in addition to his time spent on Most Haunted. 

Points of discussion may also include psychic criminology cases and topics in religious parapsychology, such as exorcism, possession and miracle blood.

Dr. Ciarán O'Keeffe is a Psychologist who works at Bucks New University, he has featured on Living TV's Most Haunted, and completed his PhD under the supervision of Richard Wiseman.

Richard Firth-Godbehere

When?
Wednesday, June 21 2017 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

Who?
Richard Firth-Godbehere

What's the talk about?

 Over the last couple of decades, the topic of disgust has risen from the bowels of study to the mainstream of academic life. Probably ancient and universal, disgust is a sensation caused by a perception of boundary violation – that something can get inside us and cause harm. In one form or another it has guided humanity and other animals away from the contagious and the toxic. Disgust has also acted as a gatekeeper of morality for as far back as we have records, governing humanity’s sense of what is right and wrong as we link violations of cultural norms with feelings of revulsion. The problem is that while disgust might be universal, what causes it is not, and those causes can be a slave to the dictates of the powerful.

Richard Firth-Godbehere knows a lot about disgust. Over the past six years, he has been analysing and dissecting the history, philosophy, and psychology of disgust, culminating in a PhD in the origins of the English understanding of that feeling. He has come to the conclusion that it rules the world. From refusing certain foods to relationships to political opinions and religious beliefs, feelings of revulsion have directed human behaviour in ways matched by almost no other physical sensation. What’s more, we are as fascinated by the disgusting as we are appalled by it. Richard will be explaining how that happens, what disgust is, the history of revulsion and how one thing can always be found at the centre of it: oppression and power.

He will also be offering some six-legged treats and a little insight into your own disgust. Be prepared to be revolted.

Mark Stevenson

When?
Wednesday, May 17 2017 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
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Who?
Mark Stevenson

What's the talk about?

Join us for this FREE talk, everyone welcome. Cash bar available selling a range of drinks (including Rebellion Beer)

 

Our systems are failing. Old models – for education, healthcare, government, food production and energy supply – are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world’s population heads towards 10 billion, it is clear we need new approaches. 

Futurologist Mark Stevenson sets out to find them, uncovering an enthralling picture of what can be done to address the world’s most pressing dilemmas, a journey that offers a much needed dose of down-to-earth optimism. It is a window on (and a roadmap to) a different and better future.

WARNING -Mark will be fitting as much as possible into his talk - this is a 100 mile-an-hour tour into the future, but fear not, there will be a time for questions and answers in the second half and for unpacking some of his ideas more fully!

MARK STEVENSON is a writer, entrepreneur, broadcaster, reluctant futurologist and founder of The League of Pragmatic Optimists. He has written for Radio 4, the Times, Sunday Times, Wall Street Journal, Telegraph, Guardian and New Statesman, and is the author of the critically acclaimed An Optimist’s Tour of the Future 

He was also a hugely popular speaker at last years QED conference in Manchester.

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.

John Danaher

When?
Wednesday, April 5 2017 at 8:00PM

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Where?

The Old St John's Church
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

Who?
John Danaher

What's the talk about?

This is a bonus talk, as we will have two talks in April instead of the usual one! (Our social will now be on the 12th April at the Bootlegger)

This event is free, with costs being covered by voluntary donations, and there is a cash bar available!

Our speaker for this event is philosopher and lecturer in law - John Danaher.

John will discuss the strongest arguments for both sides of the abortion debate, as they currently exist, ethically and philosophically from a purely naturalistic perspective.

There will be a time for question and answers after the main talk, and a chance to discuss the issues surrounding this potentially controversial subject.

John is currently an academic and lecturer at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway. He teaches in the School of Law. He is also an affiliate scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. As John writes on his blog Philosophical Disquisitions - his research deals primarily with the ethical, social and legal implications of emerging technologies, but dances around some other philosophical topics. In the past John has written papers about social robots, the risks of advanced AI, the meaning of life and the future of work, the ethics of human enhancement, the intersection between law and neuroscience, the utility of brain-based lie detection, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of religion.

 

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.