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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When?
Thursday, December 21 2017 at 12:00AM

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What's the talk about?

For obvious reasons, we have no meeting this month. Here's wishing you all a peaceful and relaxing break and we look forward to seeing you again in the new year.

Why is Veganism becoming increasingly popular?

James Peter Jandu

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

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
James Peter Jandu

What's the talk about?

It is probably a very approriate time, this close after Xmas, when most people will be feeling like they've over indulged in the Turkey, Goose, Beef or whatever (and assisted by a good helping of alcohol) to review what it is we eat. An awful lot of people give up the alcohol at this time of year, so should we maybe consider giving up meat too?

The modern vegan movement is more than just a trend that will phase out. It's a movement that shows no signs of diminishing in size or strength. Is veganism the future?

James Peter Jandu is an author, documentary and video producer, but has a varied history: he travelled for two decades as a fundamentalist Christian preacher.  As an author, speaker and online radio host he was interviewed numerous times on Christian TV. He also pastored a Church for ten years. For seven years he organised an annual three day Church workers and Leaders conference in Kerala, South India attended by hundreds.

Today his work reaches out to fundamentalists within religious circles, including Muslim, Hindi, with an emphasis on Christian fundamentalists. He believes religions should be revamped to be more inclusive and sensitive to modern society by re-examining why they believe what they believe and endeavour to better understand their scriptures by viewing them through rational lenses.

Dr John Betts

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

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Dr John Betts

What's the talk about?

Mankind has been able to utilise biology to manufacture a range of products; Dr Betts will be discussing how these applications have developed in complexity as our understanding of biology has advanced

John currently works at Sartorius Stedim Biotech in Royston (formerly TAP Biosystems) as a product development scientist working on novel, small scale robotic solutions for use in biopharmaceutical research and development.

Paul Duncan McGarrity

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

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Paul Duncan McGarrity

What's the talk about?

Well, they always said that the best jokes are the old ones, so why not ask an archaeologist?

An archaeologist and comedian (same person, Paul Duncan McGarrity) sits in a room and answers your questions on any subject as honestly as possible. Could be rude, probably crude. Be prepared to talk candidly with the protection of context.

'Like a very tall, funny, excited child' (Scotsman)

Dr Martin Gaff

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

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Dr Martin Gaff

What's the talk about?

There is much evidence that being in a good relationship can be beneficial to our health, happiness and general well-being. However, should we resort to online dating in the pursuit of a happy relationship? Research would seem to suggest that online dating may not be the easy answer.

This talk focuses on the reasons why we should be cautious in our online dating pursuits. For example, people make bad decisions in online dating. Furthermore, those we contact are often not what they appear to be. Additionally, there is no evidence that the algorithms employed by dating sites and which purport to match us with a desirable partner actually work in reality.

Finally, this talk will conclude with some information on how to maximize our chances in an online dating environment.

Dr Martin Graff is Reader in Psychology at the University of South Wales, UK, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist. He has researched cognitive processes in web-based learning, the formation and dissolution of romantic relationships online and offline, online persuasion and disinhibition. He has written over 50 scientific articles, published widely in the field of Internet behaviour, and presented his work at numerous International Conferences. He writes for Psychology Today magazine and regularly speaks at events in the UK and Internationally.