Skeptics in the Pub in Bedford

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Now into our 8th 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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*** GOING AHEAD, ON-LINE OVER ZOOM ***

Alastair Lichten

When?
Thursday, August 20 2020 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Alastair Lichten

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This event was originally scheduled for July, but for obvious reasons couldn't go ahead. Registration details are at the bottom, and can be found in our regular newsletter The Bedfordshire Sceptic.

We are delighted that The National Secular Society's Alastair Lichten has agreed to talk to us on this very important subject. In view of the Black Lives Matter campaign and further shocking examples  of discrimination in our society, we need to take a close look at whether our education system is preventing proper integration and inclusiveness.

With all sorts of organisations free to run Academy Schools or Free Schools, why shouldn't the various churches and faiths be running schools? Isn't it right that parents have real choice, and shouldn't their faith be part of that? Surely that is all fair, and they do better than ordinary schools, don't they? And they've worked really well in Northern Ireland.

From faith schools to coercive worship, and from confessional RE to faith based sex education, our school system is full of inappropriate religious influence, privilege and discrimination. But it doesn't need to be this way, our many fantastic community schools show how we can move towards a secular, inclusive education system.

The National Secular Society's head of education, Alastair Lichten, will talk about the Society's No More Faith Schools campaign, along with their other education focussed campaigns.

Alastair Lichten is the Society's head of education, joined the NSS in 2014 to work on a variety of their campaigns, before focusing on education. He currently coordinates the No More Faith Schools campaign.

Numbers will be limited to 100 and the event will require pre-registration by clicking here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting (note that the link you receive is unique to you and can't be shared).

*** Unlikely to go ahead in the present circumstances***

Prof. Lewis Dartnell

When?
Thursday, September 17 2020 at 7:30PM

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Prof. Lewis Dartnell

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*** Unlikely to go ahead in the present circumstances***
We'll try to re-arrange this event as early as we possibly can. Keep checking back here for details, or subscribe to our mailing list on the right.

When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, revolutions, and technological advances. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?

As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece; and today voting behaviour in the United States follows the bed of an ancient sea. The human story is the story of these forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents.

By taking us through millennia of human history, and billions of years into our planet's past, Professor Lewis Dartnell tells us the ultimate origin story. When we reach the point where history becomes science we see a vast web of connections that underwrites our modern world and helps us face the challenges of the future.

From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states, Origins reveals the Earth's awesome impact on the shape of human civilizations.

ORIGINS is the Sunday Times top history book of the year, a Waterstones 'Best of 2019' book, on iNews' 11 best popular science books for 2019, and a Mail on Sunday recommended science and nature book.

 Origins by Lewis Dartnell stands comparison with Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens... A thrilling piece of Big History' -- THE SUNDAY TIMES

 Dartnell's story is beautifully written and organized. His infectious curiosity and enthusiasm tug the reader from page to page, synthesizing geology, oceanography, meteorology, geography, palaeontology, archaeology and political history in a manner that recalls Jared Diamond's classic 1997 book Guns, Germs, and Steel.'  -- NATURE

"Dartnell's approach is encyclopedic, marked by both a broad sweep and a passion for details." -- WASHINGTON POST

 Dartnell has found the perfect blend of science and history. This is a book that will not only challenge our preconceptions about the past, but should make us think very carefully about humanity's future' -- MAIL ON SUNDAY


Prof. Lewis Dartnell  is an astrobiology researcher based at the University of Westminster, studying how microbial life, and signs of its existence, might persist on the surface of Mars. Alongside his research he writes regular science articles in newspapers and magazines, and has appeared in TV shows such as BBC Horizon, Wonders of the Universe, and documentaries on National Geographic, Discovery and History channels. Both ORIGINS and his previous book,  THE KNOWLEDGE: How To Rebuild Our World After An Apocalypse'  are Sunday Times bestsellers.

Fancy finding out how to live a long and healthy life?

Ariane Sherine

When?
Thursday, November 19 2020 at 7:30PM

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Ariane Sherine

What's the talk about?

After her very well received talk last year, Ariane Sherine returns with a new subject that is important to us all. 

Fancy finding out how to live a long and healthy life? Look no further. Comedy writer and Atheist Bus Campaign creator Ariane Sherine has teamed up with public health consultant David Conrad to analyse the scientific evidence behind 100 different factors that affect life expectancy.

Could drinking green tea really prolong your life? How about gardening? Is regular sex more about pleasure than health? Why does standing up a lot make a difference to longevity? And is it worth cutting out red meat or even turning vegan in order to blow out 100 candles on your birthday cake? 

This funny and potentially lifesaving talk will reveal the answers to all these questions and more.

Ariane will be signing copies of her new book HOW TO LIVE TO 100 after the talk.

Ariane Sherine is the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity anthology The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. She has written for BBC1’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC2’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Daily Mash, New Statesman and New Humanist. She lives in London with her eight-year-old daughter Lily.