Skeptics in the Pub in Bedford

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Started over a year ago, the group is already 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.

*** Note: we now have a new home for our meetings ***

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

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Should prohibition of cannabis be ended?

Peter Reynolds

When?
Thursday, October 16 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Peter Reynolds

What's the talk about?

Peter Reynolds is the leader of CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform, a UK political party and the largest, membership-based drug policy reform group in Britain. CLEAR campaigns for an end to the prohibition of cannabis, most urgently for those who need it as medicine. Peter will explain the background to cannabis prohibition, the latest scientific and medical research and the reality of going head to head with the Daily Mail, the Home Office and those who still promote "Reefer Madness" propaganda.

Workplace Behavioural Psychology - Ape or Ant?

Richard Robinson

When?
Thursday, November 20 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Richard Robinson

What's the talk about?

Richard directs the Brighton Science Festival, and has been running a project for eight years to explore the conflicting impulses of the workplace. We already know about some of them. They have been passed to us by our near relation, the ape:  we are competitive, aggressive, critical. But is that all? Is there no room for gentler impulses of friendship, sharing or caring? The answer is yes: meet your inner ant - respectful, cooperative and empathetic.  It is the ant's instincts which have created our life - the technology and inventions, the cities, morality, culture and language. We are a mixture of both ape and ant, but normally only the ape is allowed to have a voice. That is why we get stressed. Richard hypothesises that it is likely that techniques such as "mindfulness" help us to access the gentler ant within.

Richard's latest book, My Manager and Other Animals explores the deeply rooted instincts that we share with other animals. So as well as your inner ant, you may like to take a tour of your inner Portuguese man'o war, your inner assassin bug or even your inner brussels sprout.  Animals are more like us than we ever thought, and we are more like animals than we would ever like to think. We can learn a lot from them.

When Magic and Science Collide

Oliver Meech

When?
Thursday, January 15 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Oliver Meech

What's the talk about?

Oliver Meech meddles with forces we barely understand, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. Amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. It's the Natural Selection!

"my jaw hit the floor" - BBC Radio
"could rival Derren Brown" - theatre-wales.co.uk
"hilarious" - Buxton Fringe

Magic Consultant: Discovery Channel
Total Sell-Out: Edinburgh Fringe
Recommended: Time Out

Oliver Meech studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, Creativity at top London ad agencies and Trickery at The Magic Circle. He fuses all three to produce magic that’s"fascinating and different from other magicians" (Girl Who Just Wants To Be Entertained). He's performed at the London 2012 Olympics and briefly turned himself into a chicken at the Natural History Museum (no, really). Off-stage, he's the author of 3 critically-acclaimed magic books. He lives in Kent with his wife, daughter and pet toad.

SHOWREEL: youtube.com/watch?v=GA_npEm3HfY
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/magicmeech
WEBSITE: magicmeech.com
TWITTER: @magicmeech

Is Philosophy relevant to Science?

Dr Clio Bellenis

When?
Thursday, February 19 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Dr Clio Bellenis

What's the talk about?

After philosophy was dismissed by physicist Brian Cox, Dr. Clio Bellenis decided that she had to speak out in favour of this oft-misunderstood subject. Addressing philosophical concepts such as personal identity and free will, Dr. Bellenis will talk about the transferable arguments between the two disciplines and tell us why philosophy can be of huge worth to scientists, skeptics and in developing critical thinking.

Dr. Bellenis is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with an MA in Philosophy. She is also an atheist, skeptic and a feminist.