Skeptics in the Pub in Bedford

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The Non-Believing Religious Studies Teacher

Kevin Precious

When?
Thursday, July 19 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Kevin Precious

What's the talk about?


Having previously performed at Bedford Skeptics in the Pub last year, Kevin Precious was very well received and we're delighted that he returns once more, honing his efforts in preparation for an Edinburgh Festival run. His Humanist perspective is welcome and his stories of teaching RE as a non-believer are right on target for a Skeptical audience.

Expect jokes and stories about teaching Religious Studies, being a Humanist, the God-Shaped Hole, little bits - here and there - relating to the Philosophy of Religion, and - ultimately - a suggestion that a secular approach to teaching the subject is the way forward.

Kevin has had something of a long and varied career, making his first tentative foray into the world of entertainment as a teenage bass playing dirt bag in the working men's clubs in his native city of Hull. Venturing South, he continued his musical adventures in the Big Smoke, playing in all manner of different outfits, the culmination of which saw him perform at the legendary Ronnie Scott's on a couple of occasions.

Kevin set up a 'Pop Quiz' in a trendy boozer in Camden, which rapidly became laden with celebrities and culminated in him being asked to organise and compere the NME's first national pop quiz. It was these events that would later inspire a move into comedy.

When?
Thursday, August 16 2018 at 7:30PM

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
None

What's the talk about?

Traditionally, due to everyone being busy with holidays, we don't have a meeting this month.

What is needed to make this idea pragmatic and enabling?

Will Stronge

When?
Thursday, September 20 2018 at 7:30PM

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Will Stronge

What's the talk about?

The idea of a Universal Basic Income isn't a new one. It is even being tried in some places in the world right now.

This idea, as far as I understand it is, at its core, very simply - instead of everyone getting tax allowances, and those who need it claiming benefits, we give everyone a Basic Universal Income. If you are in work you get it, and you pay tax on anything more that you earn. Everyone has an incentive to work because you earn more if you do.

Will Stronge, will I'm sure give us an authorititive description.

Will is a researcher in Politics and Philosophy at the University of Brighton and Associate Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Chichester and is one of the core team at the think-tank The Autonomy Institute.

... By Someone Who Tried Everything Else

Rebecca Fox

When?
Thursday, October 18 2018 at 7:30PM

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Rebecca Fox

What's the talk about?

Most of us weren't born reasonable. We were born into a superstitious culture with only our ramshackle primate brains to try and figure out what’s going on. Reason, an appreciation for evidence and critical thinking skills are virtues that most of us had to fight for and that we have to work hard to keep up in difficult situations.

Rebecca is no exception, she grew up believing many strange things and has had to train herself to think critically. Instead of being embarrassed by our former beliefs Rebecca thinks it is important to have compassion for and interest in what we used to believe and why we believed it. Instead of feeling shame for having been wrong, we should be proud that we had the courage to overturn beliefs that proved to be wrong.

In this talk Rebecca will discuss who she was before, and after she ‘became reasonable’ and overturn the myth that there is such a thing as ‘perfectly reasonable’ we are all, after all, a work in progress.


Rebecca Fox is passionate about skeptical education because she has found the tools of skepticism to be profoundly empowering. Learning to think clearly has made her safer, more confident and happier. Drawing on her experience as a skeptical educator and comic book artist she will present some ideas that will help you improve your critical thinking skills and the way you think about how you think.

Mark Stevenson

When?
Thursday, November 15 2018 at 7:30PM

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Mark Stevenson

What's the talk about?

Our systems are failing. Old models – for education, healthcare and government, food production, energy supply – are creaking under the weight of modern challenges. As the world’s population heads towards 10 billion, it’s clear we need new approaches. Futurologist Mark Stevenson sets out to find them, across four continents.

From Brazilian favelas to high tech Boston, from rural India to a shed inventor in England’s home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future. At each stop, he meets innovators who have already succeeded in challenging the status quo, pioneering new ways to make our world more sustainable, equitable and humane.

Mark has also written for The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Intelligent Life, The Irish Times, The Irish Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and The New Statesman. His key skill is an ability to take complex or abstract concepts and make them understandable by non-specialists without trivialising the subject matter.

Mark is also an occasional comedy writer. His work has been performed on Radio 4 and his play (co-written with Jack Milner) Octopus Soup comes to London in January 2018.

Colin Stuart

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

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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.