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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.

 

Paul Zenon

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

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Where?

39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
BN1 4SB

Who?
Paul Zenon

What's the talk about?

From long-running TV series to sold-out theatre shows and premium rate phone 'advice' lines, the business of 'Love and Light' and talking to the dead is very much alive and well. How are psychics able to convince the public that their other-worldly insight is genuine? Why do people insist on believing, despite the lack of evidence of an afterlife? 

 
Paul Zenon presents a potted history of what  of what Harry Houdini described as ’the filthiest profession in the world’, and takes a look at their methods, past and present. 
 
Paul is possibly best known as a magician; after several series on Childrens BBC in the 90s he became the pioneer of the UK's Street Magic genre, with a number of one-man C4 and ITV Specials. His career has spanned three decades and seen him performing for audiences in around forty countries while making hundreds of TV appearances as performer, presenter and pundit; the latter relating in particular to his inside knowledge with regard to matters generally considered by the media to be 'paranormal’. 
 
Consumer Protection Disclaimer: this talk is investigational and for the purpose of entertainment.

Jon Stewart

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

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Where?

39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
BN1 4SB

Who?
Jon Stewart

What's the talk about?

 Alcoholics Anonymous is a commonly accepted and media endorsed "spiritual" programme of recovery for alcoholism.  Yet while AA’s social worth is rarely challenged, its efficacy rate, possibly as low as 5%-10%, appears comparable to that of spontaneous remission.

We're all affected by alcoholism and addiction in some way.  Can a non-existent Higher Power really offer meaningful solutions to this debilitating, potentially fatal, condition?  If so, how can we help all those atheist and sceptic problem drinkers?

AA’s famous 12 Step programme evolved from the tenets of a now forgotten evangelical Christian mass movement for sobriety.  First published in 1939, it remains entirely unchanged since then.  How did AA become the go-to treatment modality for one of the great social health scourges of our age?  Is spiritually-based health-care even ethical?  It's the twenty first century, is this really the best we can do? 

More than just a discussion of AA and alcoholism, this talk draws on the work of philosopher Dan Dennett and evolutionary psychologist Andy Thomson (Trustee of the Richard Dawkins Foundation) to present a wide ranging and humorous case study of how the internet threatens previously sacred texts and closed systems of knowledge.

Jon Stewart was co-founder, guitarist and co-songwriter for platinum-selling Britpop band Sleeper. He currently lectures in popular culture at a local HE Institution, and is a PhD researcher at University of Southampton.

A grateful sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous for almost 15 years, Jon now campaigns for more up-to-date evidence-based secular treatment options via his blog “Leaving AA & Staying Sober: New Perspectives on Recovery” http://jonsleeper.wordpress.com/