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Skeptics in the Pub Brighton is aimed at providing a community for like minded people to meet, have a couple of drinks (or more) and hear some great talks from speakers all round the country.

The talks will start at 7.30pm, with the doors opening at 7pm, held upstairs at The Caroline of Brunswick.

Entry costs £3 to cover the speakers expenses like travel and accommodation, possibly a cheeky drink!

 

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Due to the nature of the venue and licensing restrictions all events are over 18’s only.

As the event is held up a flight of stairs we unfortunately cannot offer wheelchair access.

 

James Williams

When?
Thursday, October 26 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
BN1 4SB

Who?
James Williams

What's the talk about?

 There are many myths about the brain, but in our schools one of the most persistent is learning styles – the idea that there are a number of styles of learning, such as visual, aural or kinaesthetic – and that certain children respond better if teaching is directed towards their preferred learning style. Another, ‘brain gym’ is the idea that rubbing key parts of your body could wake your brain up or drinking water gives you energy.

 

 

Edumyths and brain myths abound – but why do people believe them? Why have we rejected Father Christmas, but cling on to the idea that we only use 10% of our brains? In this talk the origins of some of the more popular neuromyths are divulged and  we will explore brain belief systems, why we believe nonsense and how, sometimes, even direct evidence isn’t enough to convince people they are wrong.

 

James Williams is a lecturer in education at the University of Sussex. He is regularly called upon as an education expert to provide commentary and interviews on a range of media from the BBC to ITV and local radio. He is a regular essayist for the Local Argus newspaper.

 

His research interests currently revolve around teachers and their knowledge and understanding of the nature of science' and the scientific method. He also researches the teaching of evolution and the issues surrounding creationism in schools.

Dr Alice Howarth

When?
Thursday, November 23 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
BN1 4SB

Who?
Dr Alice Howarth

What's the talk about?

 One in two of us will suffer with cancer in our lifetime and almost all of us have some experience of the disease. But do we really know what cancer is and how we can work towards a cure? Is a cure even possible? And how can we arm ourselves with the right information to help us prevent and treat cancer?

Alice is a researcher who has worked in the Institute of Translational Medicine at the University of Liverpool with both non-profit and for-profit organisations. In this talk she will discuss what cancer is, how it works and just how we are working towards understanding and curing the disease. She will talk about the complexities of research and some of the big success stories that relate directly to some of the many types of cancer. Only when we understand the difficulties we face can we discern between bogus cancer treatment claims and genuine scientific advancement in this field.