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Martin Poulter

When?
Wednesday, September 23 2015 at 8:00PM

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3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Martin Poulter

What's the talk about?

 Scientology has been described in the States as “ruthless, litigious and lucrative” and in this country as “corrupt, sinister and dangerous”, yet it boasts global success and has made hundreds of millions of dollars. Thanks to the Internet, it now faces an unprecedented global opposition. The scary secrets of Scientology and its recruitment methods will be exposed in this talk. It will be useful for anyone wanting to set up their own lucrative cult.

Martin Poulter first encountered skepticism while a teenager. He has a Philosophy and Psychology degree from Oxford University and a PhD in Philosophy of Science from the University of Bristol. He has been a Scientology-watcher since 1995, when he was threatened with legal action over material he posted online. He is an ordained minister in the Church of the SubGenius, which offers eternal spiritual salvation or triple your money back.

Alom Shaha

When?
Wednesday, July 29 2015 at 8:00PM

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3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Alom Shaha

What's the talk about?

Alom Shaha has spent most of his professional life sharing his passion for science and education with the public and currently splits his time between teaching Physics and producing and presenting educational videos. In this talk, Alom discusses the challenges and rewards of being a science teacher, what he thinks science education is for, and how parents can contribute positively to their children's science education.

 

Alom is a Physics teacher at a comprehensive school in London. When he's not teaching, He works as a film-maker, writer and science communicator, trustee at the British Humanist Association, and is the author of The Young Atheist’s Handbook

When?
Wednesday, July 15 2015 at 5:30PM

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What's the talk about?

A great chance to meet new people and get to know each other while enjoying the British Summer!

Plan A - Weather is glorious!

Meet at the Rye, on the banking just below the Dyke between the Lido and the Boat Hire Hut (ring me on 07795 314303 if you can't find us!) from 7.30pm.

Bring enough that you want to eat and drink, and maybe a little extra to share (if you are feeling generous!), also bring a blanket, frisbees, kites, games, balls etc.

When it gets too cold or dark we will wander up to the Bootlegger to finish the evening off.

Plan B - Weather is not so glorious.

We will meet in the Bootlegger at 8pm as usual, and bring your food with you! (you will be able to consume your food in the pub, they are nice like that, but drink will need to be purchased from the bar!) 

Evolution and Aliens...

Stevyn Colgan

When?
Wednesday, June 17 2015 at 8:00PM

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3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Stevyn Colgan

What's the talk about?

 Given the bewildering variety of life on Earth – all stemming from one self-replicating molecule – can we really predict what life on other worlds is like? Maybe not. But we can imagine what it isn’t like.

Stevyn Colgan has been involved with aliens for three decades. He’s held Jabba the Hutt’s face, helped sculpt creatures for Bruce Willis to shoot at and had a script accepted for Doctor Who in the 1980s. In this entertaining talk you’ll hear about feuding gangs of scientists, film directors with less imagination than children, and the perils of concrete poo.

You’ll also come to realise that if we really are intelligently designed, the designer needs their head examined.

 

Stevyn Colgan is an author, artist, songwriter, speaker and oddly-spelled Cornishman. He is one of the ‘Elves’ that research and writethe popular BBC TV series QI and co-writes its sister show, The Museum of Curiosity, for BBC Radio 4.

He has given hundreds of talks across the UK and USA and is a regular at festivals and events such as Skeptics in the Pub, QEDCon, Cornbury, Hay, Cheltenham, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe. He is a contributor to the bestselling QI books and annuals and is the author of Joined-Up Thinking, Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope, Henhwedhlow: The Clotted Cream of Cornish Folk Tales, The Third Condiment, Why Did The Policeman Cross The Road? and co-wrote Saving Bletchley Park with Dr Sue Black.


Various

When?
Wednesday, May 20 2015 at 8:00PM

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3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Various

What's the talk about?

Have you got something to say? Well, why not say it with our ready made audience of skeptics! Whether you have a rant, a theory, a topic of hot interest, a story (fictional or real life) or even a poem, stand up routine or a song... let us know and we will give you a 15 minute slot!

It is essential to let us know you would like to take part (last time we had so many contributions we were still there at 11pm...) and it is essential that you can stick to 15 minutes! Either leave a message us via contact form, or email neildenham@hotmail.com

When?
Tuesday, May 5 2015 at 8:00PM

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3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?

What's the talk about?

The next Wycombe Skeptics night is a social, and is the night before we go to the polls... this is asking for a politically themed night... no?

Who is up for some high velocity political arguments? Would be great to have some people representing certain parties, positions and some floating voters...

We will also email local and parliamentary candidates to invite them along for a drink and a last chance to canvas! If you do know any candidates do tweet, message or email them and invite them along, the more invitations they get the more likely they will pop along!

This will be a social event, so we will just be on a large table in the pub, look out for the poster on the table!

Professor David Colquhoun

When?
Wednesday, April 22 2015 at 8:00PM

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3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Professor David Colquhoun

What's the talk about?

 ...or this talk could be entitled "We know little about the effect of diet on health. That’s why so much is written about it"

A chance to hear one the the country's leading experts on the topic health speak about alternative medicine, fad diets and health issues generally, there will be a question and answer session so have your questions ready!

David is a British pharmacologist at University College London (UCL). He has contributed to the general theory of receptor and synaptic mechanisms of single ion channel function. He previously held the A.J. Clark chair of Pharmacology at UCL, and was the Hon. Director of the Wellcome Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology. He was made a fellow of the Royal Society in 1985 and an honorary fellow of UCL in 2004.

One of the UK's most outspoken and well-qualified opponents of alternative medicine and bad science, pharmacologist David Colquhoun runs the DC's Improbable Science blog, which is devoted to criticism of scientific fraud and quackery. It has a particular focus on alternative medicine, including homeopathy, Traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine and other practices, which he calls 'pure gobbledygook'It was listed among the 100 best blogs in 2009. It was blog of the week in the New Statesman (May 2010). And in 2012 it was co-winner of the first UK Science Blog Prize, awarded by the Good Thinking Society..

In addition to his outspoken disapproval of alternative medicine in academia, Colquhoun frequently speaks against misrepresentation of alternative medicine as science in the media, and against governmental support of it. His blog discusses also wider problems in science, medicine and Higher Education.

Join us for this free talk, and enjoy a beer in the excellent Bootlegger pub.

Jon Stewart

When?
Wednesday, March 25 2015 at 8:00PM

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3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Jon Stewart

What's the talk about?

 Alcoholics Anonymous is now a commonly accepted, media endorsed remedy for problem drinkers. Yet while AA’s social worth is rarely challenged its efficacy rate, at around 5%, appears comparable merely to that of natural spontaneous remission. Can a non-existent Higher Power really offer meaningful solutions to a debilitating, potentially fatal condition such as alcoholism?  If so, what do we do with all those atheist and skeptic alcoholics? AA’s famous 12 step programme, which evolved from a controversial Christian fundamentalist mass movement, was first published in 1939. It remains entirely unchanged since then.  How did AA's 12 steps become the go-to treatment modality for one of the great social health scourges of our age?  It's the twenty first century, is this really the best we have to offer?

Jon Stewart was co-founder, guitarist and co-songwriter for platinum-selling Britpop band Sleeper, with whom he enjoyed three UK Top 10 albums and eight UK Top 40 singles. He also contributed to albums by K D Lang and Mel C as a session guitarist , and feature film soundtracks such as Trainspottingand Telstar: The True Story of Joe Meek as a musician and music supervisor. Jon currently lectures in popular culture and popular music at the BIMM Institute, and is a PhD researcher at University of Southampton.  Author of a long-running column in Guitarist magazine, he has published a wide range of academic research in peer reviewed journals and edited collections of essays: https://bimm.academia.edu/JonathanStewart Sober since August 2000, Jon was an active and enthusiastic member of AA for fourteen years. He now campaigns for more up-to-date evidence-based secular treatment options via his blog “Leaving AA & Staying Sober” athttp://jonsleeper.wordpress.com/ 

Charlie Duncan Saffrey

When?
Wednesday, February 25 2015 at 8:00PM

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3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Charlie Duncan Saffrey

What's the talk about?

 Richard Feynman said "Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds", Charlie will challenge this thought and explore the ideas of the link between philosophy and science, and how philosophy can help us discover more about ourselves and the world.

Charlie Duncan Saffrey is a comedian, teacher and writer. He is the founder and host of Stand-up Philosophy, a philosophical comedy night at the Jeremy Bentham pub in London.

Alistair Coleman

When?
Wednesday, January 28 2015 at 8:00PM

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3 Amersham Hill,

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Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Alistair Coleman

What's the talk about?

As tensions between the west and Kim Jong Un increase, Journalist and North Korea Watcher Alistair Coleman will be talking about the secretive kingdom and asking how much do we really know about North Korea?

Alistair has worked at BBC Monitoring for over 25 years, part of the World Service which watches and analyses the world's open source media. Starting his career as a technician, he specialises in studying media behaviour in North Korea for significant changes in tone that could betray changes in policy.

Alistair is a multiple award-winning blogger who enjoys questioning extremism, idiocy and dubious claims; including political blow-hards, religion, stage psychics, homeopaths and quackery.

Simon Singh

When?
Wednesday, November 19 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

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

Who?
Simon Singh

What's the talk about?

Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem and Big Bang, talks about his latest book, which explores mathematical themes hidden in The Simpsons.

Everyone knows that The Simpsons is the most successful show in television history, but very few people realise that its team of mathematically gifted writers have used the show to explore everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and from infinitesimals to infinity.

Singh will also discuss how writers of Futurama have similarly made it their missions to smuggle deep mathematical ideas into the series.

 

AI - Useful Tool or Robot Overlords?

Dr Allan Tucker

When?
Wednesday, October 22 2014 at 8:00PM

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3 Amersham Hill,

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Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Dr Allan Tucker

What's the talk about?

Artificial Intelligence has been a staple of popular culture for generations from promises of a Leisure Age when robots would do all of our work while we lived in luxury to scare stories where robots turn against their masters.

Dr Tucker looks at some of the key figures in AI in the last century through to the state-of-the-art learning machines that are all around us today and asks whether we will ever really have intelligent machines that are comparable to humans.

Dr Allan Tucker is senior lecturer in computer science at Brunel University. His research focuses on designing algorithms that can learn models from data to predict the future and assist experts in making decisions. His biomedical work includes long term projects with Moorfields Eye Hospital exploring models of eye disease and he collaborates with Leiden University Medical Centre on models of gene regulation.