Welcome to the home page of Skeptics in the Pub - Brighton: A group for those who enjoy listening & talking to, and sharing beverages with others of a skeptical nature.

Come all ye skeptics†, rationalists, scientists, naturalists‡, materialists‡, freethinkers, clearthinkers, atheists, agnostics and brights; drink ale with those similarly enlightened‡, and join us in our mission to promote and foster the use of reason and science to further lifekind, while drinking beer.

The venue for the events is The Caroline of Brunswick on Ditchling Road, opposite The Level.

Entry to the talks will cost £2 to cover speaker expenses, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Advance tickets are available @ £2 + 50p P&P from the venue's website.

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Please note, our venue is up a flight of stairs, so unfortunately there is no wheelchair access. Because our venue is a pub whose licence may be at risk by the presence of youngsters, all events are strictly over 18s only.

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† and indeed sceptics
‡ in the philosophical sense

The science behind it and the culture of developing it

Shell Grayson

When?
Tuesday, May 13 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
BN1 4SB

Who?
Shell Grayson

What's the talk about?

 In a busy life, eating and drinking can seem to be time consuming tasks. In our quest for culinary convenience, we have developed a range of foods that appeal to as many people as possible, and satisfy our more basic instincts; the result is food that is bland, salty, fatty and/or sweet. 

We should respect what we put in our mouths. Discriminate between tastes, challenge our taste buds and explore new sensations. Part of this is understanding what our taste mechanisms are, from the tip of the tongue to the way we process tastes in the brain. What is the relationship between smell and taste? And what roles do memory and emotion play in whether we determine if we 'like' a taste or not?

Shell Grayson is the senior editor of supplements for Nature Publishing Group and a real ale connoisseur.

£2 on the door - advance tickets available soon

Michael Marshall

When?
Tuesday, June 10 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
BN1 4SB

Who?
Michael Marshall

What's the talk about?

 It’s easy to think of pseudoscience existing in a glass case at a museum – something to be examined and critiqued from a safe distance, but not something to touch and to play with. Using examples taken from his own personal experiences in skepticism, Michael Marshall will show what happens when you begin to crack the surface of the pseudosciences that surround us – revealing the surprising, sometimes-shocking and often-comic adventures that lie beneath.

Michael Marshall is the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and Project Director of the Good Thinking Society. He regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work with the MSS has seen him organising international homeopathy protests and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Scientist.