Skeptics in the Pub in Bedford

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Exposing some popular myths about the arms trade

Kat Hobbs

When?
Thursday, May 21 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Kat Hobbs

What's the talk about?

“UK-made weapons have been used in Israel's attacks on Gaza, and to repress democracy movements across the Middle East. We armed both Russia and Ukraine – and supplied all sides in Libya's civil war. The wars we've waged, such as those in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, have caused devastation and fuelled further conflict.


Arms sales don't enhance security: they fuel conflict, support repression and make the world a more dangerous place for all of us. We all pay the price. We're subsidising arms companies by hundreds of millions of pounds a year to export misery and destruction around the world and, at home, the government is spending billions on military technology we do not need, while vital public services are being cut.


The government justifies its support for the arms trade by arguing it needs to protect high skilled manufacturing jobs. But despite all these resources, the number of jobs in the arms industry is on a long-term decline, and today the industry is, in its own words, 'flatlining at best'.
Join us to expose some popular myths about the arms trade, and find out more about CAAT’s Arms To Renewables campaign and how you can take action to help shift government priorities.”


Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is a UK-based organisation working to end the international arms trade. CAAT was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, the Alternative Nobel Prize, in 2012 for innovative and effective campaigning against the global arms trade. Kat Hobbs is the Local Outreach Coordinator for Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), and has been involved with the anti-arms trade movement for seven years.

Ash Pryce

When?
Thursday, June 18 2015 at 7:30PM

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born.

This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication.

Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry this fun show has regularly packed venues at Edinburgh Fringes.

Ash Pryce promises Ouija Boards, Spirit Slates, Spirit Communication, Stopped Pulses, Spewing ectoplasm ... and more.

Ash Pryce is a performer and director based in Scotland.  He has written and staged several skeptically themed shows looking at myths & legends, ghosts, psychics and mediumship as well as producing full plays ranging from Faustus to more contemporary original shows in Edinburgh.  He is the founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, the newly started History in the Pub Edinburgh, and runs what is believed to be the worlds first skeptical ghost tour every Fringe.  He lives just outside of Edinburgh with his three Degus, one of which holds a grudge against him.

"Ash Pryce is a naturally funny guy and won't allow his audience to be bored" "Very entertaining" - edfringereview

Please note. This is a skeptically themed show and not intended as an actual demonstration of mediumship or psychic abilities.

The reasons I left Labour and now am actively campaigning against Left-wing politics

Anne Marie Waters

When?
Thursday, July 16 2015 at 7:30PM

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Anne Marie Waters

What's the talk about?

We are delighted to welcome Anne Marie Waters back to Bedford. Her previous presentation to Bedfordshire Humanists was very well received - one of the best we have seen.

On Anne Marie Waters’ last visit to Bedford, she spoke on behalf of Mariam Namazie’s One Law for All campaign, whose stance is, essentially, that where a religious community attempts to place greater restrictions on human rights than stipulated by the law of the land, then the law of the land must take precedence.  In particular, the principle relates to the rights of women under Islam.  This is a position that she then firmly associated with the political Left.

Since then, she has come to the view that the case is put more strongly and more effectively from the Right, in particular UKIP.  So on this occasion her theme will be, as she says, “Islam and the Left - and the reasons I left Labour and now am actively campaigning against Left-wing politics.  I don't think many people realise quite how entangled Islamists are with the Left, and not just in practice but in ideology."

If anything matters, why should nothing matter?

Ronald Green

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

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Ronald Green

What's the talk about?

Why should nothing matter? If anything matters, why should nothing matter? And yet it does, for there isn’t anything, it seems, that nothing does not touch, or anything that does not touch nothing. History, philosophy, religion, science, art, literature, music – all look towards nothing at some point, stimulating questions that would otherwise not be asked.

Who, for example, could have believed that nothing held back progress for 600 years in the Middle Ages, all because of mistaken translation, or that nothing is a way to tackle (and answer) the perennial question "what is art?"? Ronald Green uses nothing in a genuine attempt to look at the world in a different way, to give new angles to old problems and so to stimulate new thoughts.

What is this nothing, that we can’t actually see, touch or feel? Is it absolute? Is it relative to everything else? If we are able to think about it, write and read about it, is it something, and if so wouldn’t it then not be nothing?

This is precisely the mystery of nothing – that the more we think about it, the more there is to it.

Disarmingly invisible, the point of nothing – to paraphrase Bertrand Russell on philosophy – is to start with something so simple as to seem not worth examining, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.

Ronald Green is the author of "Nothing Matters – a book about nothing" (iff-Books). Philosopher, linguist, university lecturer and ESL teacher, with 13 ESL books published, Ronald has lectured and given workshops in Europe, North and South America and the Middle East on linguistics, ESL and the use of the Internet in education. His short stories have been published in Nuvein magazine, Tryst, Aesthetica, the Sink and Unholy Biscuit. He has completed a philosophical novel and co-authored a psychological thriller with strong philosophical underpinnings. For the past five years he has been thinking seriously about nothing, culminating in his recently-published book.