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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Ron Cooper

When?
Thursday, October 19 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

60 Roff Avenue
Bedford MK41 7TW

Who?
Ron Cooper

What's the talk about?

 
Ghosts are still regularly reported in the Bedford area. These are almost entirely in the form of 'materialised' figures and/or sounds. Moreover, the narratives relating to them have a 'matter of fact' character giving them considerable credence - and are very different from the frightening stories of fiction.

Too many ghost events have been reported - usually by everyday people - for the experiences to be ignored or dismissed. The challenge is to find an explanation for them. Of course appropriate recognition should to be given to various scientific explanations for the variety of paranormal activity experienced by observers and recipients of ghostly apparitions. Such explanations range from mere rich imagination - through traditional psychological understandings such as memory distortion and auto suggestion - to the findings of current neuroscience.

However, much remains inexplicable by conventional science - not least some of Bedford's own reported ghosts. There is a plausible case for something paranormal being involved. This case ranges from simple repetition of events and/or location - through police investigations and neuroscience - to the possibility of an additional sense in human beings

At the very least, all of this is intriguing and thought-provoking.

Ron Cooper has for the past 35 years lived in Riseley. He has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal emanating from the study of psychology at Swansea University many decades ago. He has interviewed many individuals who believe themselves to have experienced the paranormal in some way. He also has unique 'insider information' with regard to other experiences.

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.