Skeptics in the Pub in Bedford

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The secret world of the Internet

Jamie Bartlett

When?
Thursday, November 16 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Jamie Bartlett

What's the talk about?

Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit -  a world of Google, Hotmail, Facebook and Amazon - lies a vast and often hidden network of sites, communities and cultures where freedom is pushed to it limits, and where people can be anyone, or do anything, they want. A world that is as creative and complex as it is dangerous and disturbing. A world that is much closer than you think.

The dark net is an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrytped web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines, but one that is little understood, and rarely explored. The Dark Net is a revelatory examination of the internet today, and of its most innovative and dangerous subcultures: trolls and pornographers, drug dealers and hackers, political extremists and computer scientists, Bitcoin programmers and self-harmers, libertarians and vigilantes.

Based on extensive first hand experience, exclusive interviews and shocking documentary evidence, The Dark Net offers a startling glimpse of human nature under the conditions of freedom and anonymity, and shines a light on an enigmatic and ever-changing world.

Jamie is Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos. His primary research interests are: new political movements and social media research and analysis, internet cultures and security and privacy online. His book The Dark Net was shortlisted for The Political Award and longlisted for The Orwell Prize.

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

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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.