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Anne Marie Waters

When?
Tuesday, January 8 2013 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
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Who?
Anne Marie Waters

What's the talk about?

Anne Marie Waters is spokesperson for the One Law for All Campaign. She campaigns against Sharia and religious Laws as she believes they represent a sacrifice of the rights of women in the name of legal and cultural relativism. She is a law graduate with a strong interest in family law and human rights, and the interaction of the two. She has written various papers and articles on secularism, the rights of women in family law, and on human rights internationally. She is a council member and campaigner for the National Secular Society.

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Tracking homeopaths in East Africa

Martin Robbins

When?
Tuesday, December 11 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
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Who?
Martin Robbins

What's the talk about?

 Martin Robbins reports on dangerous pseudo-medical practices outside the Western World, including the AIDS denialism and anti-vaccination movements in Africa and Asia.

Martin presentation will include video excerpts from a film he is currently making with Michael Story and the support of the Wellcome Trust in which he examines homeopathic projects in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Martin Robbins is a writer, podcaster and freelance journalist covering science, pseudoscience and the role of science in politics. He edits theLay Scientist blog in The Guardian and has also written for The TimesThe Daily TelegraphThe Independent and New Scientist magazine. He hosts the Strange Quarks podcast with Michael Marshall.

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What can atheists learn from the church?

Simon Clare

When?
Tuesday, November 13 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road
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Who?
Simon Clare

What's the talk about?

 The Alpha course runs in 169 countries and has been attended, according to their website, by 19 MILLION people.

Over a 10 week period, students are guided through Christian theology in an attempt, ostensibly, to “Explore the meaning of Life”.

In 2011, Simon Clare, a full-on atheist and organiser of Horsham Skeptics in the Pub, signed up to his local Alpha Course in Brighton, wondering if he would end up converted. Spoiler: He wasn’t converted but learnt some surprising things about humans and about faith.

The Alpha Course is living proof that organised religion is far from dead and that it knows how to adapt. Can atheists adapt in the same way, or has the church stolen a march on them?

In this talk, Simon will take you through the entire course, fairly but critically, in 45 minutes.

Simon Clare is an opinion columnist for The Resident, Horsham's local paper. He lives in Hove and has been running Horsham Skeptics in the Pub for one year. 

You can follow him @faithlesseye on Twitter, or read his newspaper opinion columns online, usually on page 6, here

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Lynne Murphy

When?
Tuesday, October 9 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
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Who?
Lynne Murphy

What's the talk about?

 Lynne Murphy (Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Sussex University) takes you on a grammatical tour of transatlantic prejudices and challenges what you think you know about Americanisms--and their effect on the Mother Tongue. 

Lynne moved to the south coast of England in January 2000, having lived in the US most of her life and in South Africa for 4 years in the 1990s. While in the UK she has been teaching and researching in the fields of semantics, pragmatics and psycholinguistics.

As her alter-ego Lynneguist, she also writes the Separated by a Common Language blog. You can follow lynneguist on Twitter.

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Important notice: the kitchen at the Carolineof Brunswick  is closed temporarily while they recruit a new chef, please eat before you come.

 

Tracy King

When?
Tuesday, September 11 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
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Who?
Tracy King

What's the talk about?

This event is cancelled due to illness sorry. If you have bought tickets please contact us.

Tracy King is a producer, consultant and writer who co-runs the animation and game development company KerShoot. She produced the BAFTA-longlisted Tim Minchin’s Storm movie, now at 1.7m YouTube views, and the viral marketing for Richard Wiseman’s huge hit The Colour-Changing Card Trick. Tracy speaks on a range of topics, including viral marketing and advertising psychology. She’s also a gaming and comics geek, and she writes a monthly column for Custom PC magazine.

Tracy tweets @tkingdoll

 

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Tannice Pendegrasss

When?
Tuesday, August 14 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
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Who?
Tannice Pendegrasss

What's the talk about?

Autism is a fascinating subject, steeped in rumour, mystery, misconceptions and myths. Tannice firstly aims to take you through different definitions of autism, cultural representations and the results of her survey, asking over 700 people about their perceptions of what causes and treats autism (spoiler: we don't know and, currently, nothing).

The second part of the talk focuses on 'the bad' and 'the ugly'. The part most skeptics will probably be most interested in. Tannice will briefly cover the MMR scandal, but this is not the main focus of her 'bad' or 'ugly' section: the subject that Tannice reserves the most ire for is the toxic and sometimes downright dangerous treatments many children must endure. Asking the question 'what's the harm?' has never been more important.

The third part of the talk is for 'the good' - it focuses on ABA or Applied Behavioural Analysis; the gold standard in Autism treatment. Through a whirlwind journey (to fit in the format of a SitP talk) Tannice will explain what ABA is, how it's used and the evidence behind it. From Kim Peek (the inspiration for rain man) to Jenny McCarthy (an anti-vaccination campaigner), this talk will give you a broad overview of Autism, Autism treatments and why cultural representations of Autism are usually wrong. You’ll also find out why a horse died when he was being treated in a chamber normally reserved for divers suffering from the bends.

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Important notice: the kitchen at the Carolineof Brunswick  is closed temporarily while they recruit a new chef, please eat before you come.

Dr. Graeme Archer

When?
Tuesday, July 10 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
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Who?
Dr. Graeme Archer

What's the talk about?

Graeme Archer will explain why he believes the modern demand for 'evidence-based politics' is insufficient by itself as a framework for a rational political discourse; evidence is necessary, but it is not sufficient. He will introduce the two main competing schools of thought on how to answer the central problem of inductive inference (how to evaluate evidential support for competing hypotheses) - Bayesianism and frequentism - and explain why the latter theory (dominant in the social sciences) is wholly incapable of supporting any sort of evidence-based approach to policy making.

Graeme Archer is a PhD statistician who works in the pharmaceutical industry. He spends as much time in Brighton as possible, and writes a weekly political column in Saturday's Daily Telegraph. He was also the 2011 winner of the George Orwell Prize for political blogging.

Advance tickets are available @ £2 + 50p P&P from the venue's website and include a voucher for £2 off any main meal in the pub on the day of the event.

Hayley Stevens

When?
Tuesday, June 12 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
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Who?
Hayley Stevens

What's the talk about?

Allow skeptical paranormal investigator Hayley Stevens to introduce you to the often confused & somewhat scary world of paranormal research. From Sham ghosts and paranormal politics to cursed houses and things that go bump in the night. Oh, and ghosts. Don’t forget the ghosts.

You’ll have the chance to get hands on with gadgets that are supposed to detect paranormal presences, and experience the latest evidence for an afterlife. Don’t get too excited now…

Hayley Stevens is one of Britain’s most vocal skeptical paranormal investigators and describes herself as ‘a ghost geek’, she has been actively investigating ghosts and monsters since 2005. Hayley is the co-host of the Righteous Indignation Podcast, blogs at ‘Hayley is a Ghost’, is the founder of ‘Project Barnum’, likes cake, and has spoken to many audiences around the world about many allegedly interesting things. Did we mention the cake?

Advance tickets are available @ £2 + 50p P&P from the venue's website and include a voucher for £2 off any main meal in the pub on the day of the event.

Paul Zenon

When?
Tuesday, May 1 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road
Brighton
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Who?
Paul Zenon

What's the talk about?

Paul Zenon recently had a public run-in with alleged psychic Sally Morgan relating to implications that she may be be cheating during her lucrative stage shows. The master magician will reveal some of the tricks of the trade that could be used to replicate the feats of stage psychics. He will discuss his involvement with the recent press articles concerning Sally's shows, and the antics of those who have sought to demonstrate once and for all whether, she's for real or if it's "for entertainment purposes only".

Paul Zenon has long been one of the UK's most recognisable magicians, with sell out runs at festivals across the world and countless TV appearances under his belt. He was one of the pioneers of street magic in the UK, and has long been an outspoken critic of exponents of the paranormal.

Advance tickets will be available @ £2 + 50p P&P from the venue's website from Midday Friday 6th April, and include a voucher for £2 off any main meal in the pub on the day of the event.

Dr. Clio Bellenis

When?
Tuesday, April 10 2012 at 8:00PM

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Brighton
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Who?
Dr. Clio Bellenis

What's the talk about?

Is philosophy relevant to science? 

After philosophy was dismissed by physicist Brian Cox, Dr. Clio Bellenis decided that she had to speak out in favour of this oft-misunderstood subject. Addressing philosophical concepts such as personal identity and free will, Dr. Bellenis will talk about the transferable arguments between the two disciplines and tell us why philosophy can be of huge worth to scientists, skeptics and in developing critical thinking.

Dr. Bellenis is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with an MA in Philosophy. She is also an atheist, skeptic and a feminist

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Greg Marshall

When?
Tuesday, March 13 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road
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Who?
Greg Marshall

What's the talk about?

Why do people believe in ghosts? Is it peer presure? Is it self-delusion? Maybe its just inherently 'cool' to do so! This talk will explore the reasons people believe in ghosts, starting with an autobiographal exploration of the speakers school days with accompanying anecdotes, before zooming back a century or so to the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Were those of the late 19th and early 20th centuries genuine believers or dedicated followers of current trends? Was a spirit the privilege of the upper classes? The talk will question the reasons behind the sudden boom in interest of all things supernatural, the forming of The Society for Psychical Research, the curious and often amusing attitudes of professionals of the time and may even go some way to explaining peoples genuine belief that they have 'seen a ghost'!


Greg Marshall works for Brighton & Hove City Council as a Museum Teacher, working around five museums teaching a wide variety of subjects from ancient egyptian mummification to adaptation and survival in nature. He belongs to and has spoken on numerous ocassions for Brighton & Hove Humanist Society and has had articles and letters published in various publications including The New Scientist and The Freethinker. He also writes a quarterly magazine for British Mensa.

 
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Tim McGregor and Ben Hardwidge

When?
Tuesday, February 28 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road
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Who?
Tim McGregor and Ben Hardwidge

What's the talk about?

2011 was a packed year for skeptics and skeptical issues, from Brian Deer's searching articles in the BMJ about the scale of Andrew Wakefield's MMR fraud, to the backlash against the Burzynski clinic's unproven cancer "cures" and their subsequent attempts to silence critics, the media furore over the alleged exposure of "psychic" Sally Morgan as a fraud, and the possible existence of neutrinos that travel faster than light. Skepticism has been on the rise both as a way of thinking and as a movement. Tim McGregor and Ben Hardwidge of Brighton Skeptics in the Pub will lead you through the last year with a skeptical look at the significant events of 2011 for those who favour an evidence-based approach to what's real.

 

Tim McGregor (linear particle accelerator software engineer) and Ben Hardwidge (tech journalist) have been running Skeptics in the Pub Brighton since February 2010. In this (FREE!) talk they'll be summarising the last year's top skeptical stories, in which many speakers previous speakers at SitP Brighton have been key figures.

£Free (advance booking recommended, by email to tim@brightonskeptics.org max 2 per email address)