Skeptics in the Pub in Bedford

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Now into our 5th year, the group is well established with a solid programme of events, as you can see from the listings below. If you are planning to join us, our meetings are usually very well attended and you would be recommended to arrive early.

We usually meet on the third Thursday of the month. Arrive 19.00 for a 19.30 start.

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Colin Stuart

When?
Thursday, January 17 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Colin Stuart

What's the talk about?

After his very well received talk last year - 13 Journeys Through Space and Time, Colin returns with a new subject.

In The Traveller's Guide to Mars, Colin Stuart will examine our fascination with the Red Planet, our attempts to explore it and send humans there in the not-to-distant future.

Looking at the history, motives and present day construction of anti-Jewish prejudice

Dr Daniel Allington

When?
Thursday, February 21 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Dr Daniel Allington

What's the talk about?

With antisemitism in the news at the moment and seemingly tearing the Labour party apart, this topic just couldn't be more bang up-to-date.

"Antisemitism was fundamental to the historical development of conspiracy theories - and conspiracy theories remain fundamental to contemporary antisemitism. In this talk, Dr Daniel Allington of the Campaign Against Antisemitism and King's College, London, explains why Jew-hate is different from other kinds of hate and why it is able to flourish in contemporary political culture."
 

Giving with reason

Richard Clarke

When?
Thursday, March 21 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Richard Clarke

What's the talk about?

Effective Altruism is the idea behind a growing movement of philosophy, science and evidence minded individuals with a passion to doing as much good as they possible can. Effective Altruism involves using a combination of the head (reason, logic and evidence) and the heart (empathy/compassion) to systematically fight towards making the world a better place for all that live in it. As skeptics we apply critical thinking to a wide range of topics in our everyday lives however our charity and altruistic behaviours often gets a free pass. In this talk we will explore why this is the case and how a few small choices in your life can have life changing positive impact on someone else’s.

Richard Clarke is a health psychologist and skeptic currently conducting a PhD in the area of information seeking and vaccine hesitancy with the Vaccine Confidence Project based at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine and due to the reasoning behind Effective Altruism in 2014 he decided to pledge 10% of his income over the course of his life time to charities that are likely to have the most impact in the world. He also writes the blog https://steemit.com/@nonzerosum  and tweets as @RichClarkePsy

Cerys Bradley

When?
Thursday, April 18 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Cerys Bradley

What's the talk about?

For decades, science has been fascinated by the LGBTQ+ community. What makes gay people gay? How does sexuality affect one's behaviour, appearance, or ability to raise children? These are the questions that science has asked and the answers have had an impact not only within the scientific world, but also on public policy and the rights of LGBTQ+ citizens. Given the highly politicised nature of the topic, it is perhaps not surprising to discover biases and prejudices hidden in the construction, conduction, and conclusions of these studies but are they still valuable contributions to science?

Join scientist Cerys Bradley, a part time comedian and full time gay, as they look at the science conducted in answer of these questions

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