Skeptics in the Pub in Bedford

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Started over a year ago, the group is already 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.

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We usually meet on the third Thursday of the month. Arrive 19.00 for a 19.30 start.

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...or Does It Just Feel That Way Without Bacon?

Dr. Stephen Makin

When?
Thursday, September 17 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Dr. Stephen Makin

What's the talk about?

Stephen is a medical doctor, clinical researcher into stroke, Skeptical Speaker on critical appraisal and evidence based medicine and a lifelong vegetarian who feels that ethically he really should be a vegan. He’ll examine the evidence based pros and cons of forsaking the bacon butties and going meat and dairy free.

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.

How to solve Climate Change and Unemployment at the same time

Suzanne Jeffery

When?
Thursday, November 19 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Suzanne Jeffery

What's the talk about?

Suzanne Jeffery, from the Campaign Against Climate Change, will explain their ambitious plan to create the National Climate Service (NCS) and thereby create well over 1 million jobs (possibly nearer 2 million) and cut our CO2 emissions by 86% in 20 years.

This is no airy-fairy notion - it has been put together by some very credible people from a number of universities and trades unions.

So, employ 1 million people and solve the Climate Change crisis and unemployment in one go - what could be wrong with that?

Well, nothing at all, provided you've got £66 Billion to fund it. I doubt if Suzanne will be handing a tin round on the night!

Can consumers trust what they're seeing, reading, hearing and clicking on?

Richard Burdett

When?
Thursday, January 21 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Richard Burdett

What's the talk about?

Richard Burdett looks at advertising from both the consumer's and the advertiser's perspective. Can consumers trust what they're seeing, reading, hearing and clicking on? And, in an increasingly fragmented and fractured media environment, can advertisers trust the data on which they're making multi-million pound investment decisions?

Richard began his career at Saatchi & Saatchi, spending eleven years working with clients such as BA, BP, Cadbury Schweppes and Sainsbury's. He then moved to the fledgling world of multi-channel television, initially as Head of Ad Sales for The Discovery Channel and subsequently as Head of Marketing for UK TV. While Head of 4Creative, Channel 4's in-house ad agency, he worked on shows such as Lost, Desperate Housewives, Shameless and Jamie's School Dinners as well as the launches of More4 and Film4.

He is currently MD of Horse & Country TV, a channel that has brought over fifty new advertisers on to TV and was one of five nominees for Best Factual Channel in the recent Broadcast awards.

 

...a live comedy show about obscure people from History

Iszi Lawrence

When?
Thursday, March 17 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Iszi Lawrence

What's the talk about?

Skeptic, comedian and voice of the Skeptics Guide To The Universe, Iszi Lawrence is out to delight and inform with her new show The Z List Dead List.

The Z List Dead List is a live comedy show about obscure people from History. As a skeptic, Iszi has found a few people from the past that will peak your interest. Expect woo, violence, sex and death. And a competition.

The show is also a podcast with guest interviews from Jon Ronson, Griff Rhys Jones, Natalie Haynes, Neil Denny, Richard Herring etc. You can find it here:  www.zlistdeadlist.com