Skeptics in the Pub in Bedford

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Starting in 2012, 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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Ariane Sherine

When?
Thursday, July 21 2022 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Ariane Sherine

What's the talk about?

 Fancy finding out how to live a long and healthy life? You’re in luck: comedy writer and Atheist Bus Campaign creator Ariane Sherine will be visiting to discuss 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, giving you all the tips and tricks you need to make it to a century. 

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

 

ARIANE SHERINE

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 BBC One’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC Three’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Independent, the Observer, New Statesman and New Humanist. She lives in London with her ten-year-old daughter Lily.

 

How the Earth Shaped Human History

Prof. Lewis Dartnell

When?
Thursday, October 20 2022 at 7:30PM

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60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Prof. Lewis Dartnell

What's the talk about?

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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.