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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Sean Bw Parker

When?
Thursday, June 21 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Sean Bw Parker

What's the talk about?

Sean Bw Parker is a writer, musician, artist, label manager and public speaker. With the bands Scorpio Rising, Arch Inch, SPB, solo and through his collaborations with experimental musician Ettuspadix, Parker has released ten albums and numerous by others on the Seraglio Point Productions label, since 2010. He lived in Istanbul for ten years until 2014, where he presented a TED talk at Istanbul's Kadir Has University titled 'Stammering and Creativity', one of the most watched internet videos on the subject.

Parker is a prolific writer, having published five books and with work appearing in Time Out Istanbul, Cosmopolitan (in interview), NME.com, USA Today, Multicultural Guide, Louder Than War and regularly for Getintothis. He has made over 150 stage performances, been played on BBC Radio, is listed on IMDb, appeared in 5 short films and appeared on radio and television a number of times.

He has organised three festivals, performed with Ed Harcourt, The Membranes and Turkish art rock band Replikas, as well as working with many others including Eat Static, Dodgy, Mark Morriss (The Bluetones), The Members, David Devant and His Spirit Wife, Atilla the Stockbroker, Duncan Disorderly and The Scallywags, Babar Luck and Stage Van H.

The talk centres around the importance of acceptance in living with a stammer, as opposed to 'fighting time', which is what the stammerer normally does.

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.

What is needed to make this idea pragmatic and enabling?

Will Stronge

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

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Where?

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.

Colin Stuart

When?
Thursday, October 18 2018 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.