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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Dr John Betts

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

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Where?

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.
 

Neil Woods

When?
Thursday, May 17 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Neil Woods

What's the talk about?

Neil Woods worked undercover on the streets of the U.K. infiltrating some of the nations most violent drug gangs. Facing regular violence and some near death experiences, he came to realise that things are not quite as we have been led to believe by decades of government and media presentation of drug policy.

Neil is now chairman of LEAP UK, and a board member of LEAP in the USA. This is an organisation of law enforcement officials that have realised that things have to change, and it is growing across the globe. In the U.K., members include former Chief Constables, barristers, magistrates, undercover police, prison guards and governors, MI5, and SAS. They campaign to reform our drug laws, but in order to do that, the public need to be informed about what is really going on.

Sean Bw Parker

When?
Thursday, June 21 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Sean Bw Parker

What's the talk about?

Sean Bw Parker is a writer, musician, artist, label manager and public speaker. With the bands Scorpio Rising, Arch Inch, SPB, solo and through his collaborations with experimental musician Ettuspadix, Parker has released ten albums and numerous by others on the Seraglio Point Productions label, since 2010. He lived in Istanbul for ten years until 2014, where he presented a TED talk at Istanbul's Kadir Has University titled 'Stammering and Creativity', one of the most watched internet videos on the subject.

Parker is a prolific writer, having published five books and with work appearing in Time Out Istanbul, Cosmopolitan (in interview), NME.com, USA Today, Multicultural Guide, Louder Than War and regularly for Getintothis. He has made over 150 stage performances, been played on BBC Radio, is listed on IMDb, appeared in 5 short films and appeared on radio and television a number of times.

He has organised three festivals, performed with Ed Harcourt, The Membranes and Turkish art rock band Replikas, as well as working with many others including Eat Static, Dodgy, Mark Morriss (The Bluetones), The Members, David Devant and His Spirit Wife, Atilla the Stockbroker, Duncan Disorderly and The Scallywags, Babar Luck and Stage Van H.

The talk centres around the importance of acceptance in living with a stammer, as opposed to 'fighting time', which is what the stammerer normally does.

Colin Stuart

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

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Colin Stuart

What's the talk about?

After his very well received talk last year - 13 Journeys Through Space and Time, Colin returns with a new subject.

In The Traveller's Guide to Mars, Colin Stuart will examine our fascination with the Red Planet, our attempts to explore it and send humans there in the not-to-distant future.