Welcome to the Skeptics in the Pub, Nottingham

For the promotion of science, reason and critical thinking

We get together on a monthly basis to have a relaxed, enjoyable and social evening while listening to talks given on a wide range of topics. 

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The events are free, though we do ask for a £3 donation to cover the speakers expenses and other costs.

All upcoming events are listed below and on the right of this page.

Our venue is the first floor function room of the Canalhouse pub.

Who can attend? 

The meetings are open to all, whatever your beliefs and views, so please come along. We are a friendly bunch and everyone is welcome.

As the Canalhouse room is a private function room, under 18s are allowed to attend our events. However, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult when in the public downstairs bar.

Disabled access

The Canalhouse has a service lift which we can used to provide disabled access to the first floor function room. There is also a disabled toilet on the same floor.

Please let us know if you're coming to an event and require disabled access. We will make arrangements with the bar staff to bring you to the function room.

Keep in touch

To hear about upcoming events, subscribe to the mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/dvKljT (Ignore the form on the right of this page).

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Preethi Premkumar

When?
Tuesday, May 5 2020 at 7:30PM

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Where?

48-52 Canal St
Nottingham
NG1 7EH

Who?
Preethi Premkumar

What's the talk about?

Schizotypy is a personality trait that denotes psychosis-like experiences in the public. It includes magical beliefs and paranormal experiences. It also includes social anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure in normally pleasurable activities) and social anxiety.

People with schizotypy have reduced cortisol secretion following social stress. In this talk, Preethi will share findings about this biological connection to social stress that suggests a relation of schizotypy to physiological arousal from social stress. Fresh evidence about the neural response to criticism and praise in schizotypy will further strengthen the social vulnerability model of psychosis.
 

Preethi Premkumar is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University.
Her research interests are to study the risk factors for psychosis due to social anxiety and poor family communication using neuroimaging.

Kate Davison

When?
Tuesday, June 2 2020 at 7:30PM

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Where?

48-52 Canal St
Nottingham
NG1 7EH

Who?
Kate Davison

What's the talk about?

What can historians learn from old jokes? They might not be the most obvious subject of academic inquiry, but in recent years the history of humour has become a vibrant field of research. If you take Aristotle’s word for it, laughter is fundamental to human experience - people have always laughed; yet, the things we think it acceptable to laugh at, and how that laughter is thought about, tolerated or suppressed, have varied considerably with time, place and culture. This has compelling possibilities for historians. The talk will use the example of eighteenth-century Britain - a period brimming with bawdy jest books and a surfeit of satirical texts and images - to consider what the laughter of the past can tell us about the sensibilities, values and interests of those who lived through it.

Kate Davison has been a lecturer in the History Department at the University of Sheffield since 2017; before that she taught at the University of Oxford, and carried out her own research and study at the universities of Cambridge, Exeter and Sheffield. Her work focuses in particular on Britain c.1650-1800 and this talk will draw on material from the book she is currently working on.

Ariane Sherine

When?
Tuesday, December 1 2020 at 7:30PM

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Where?

48-52 Canal St
Nottingham
NG1 7EH

Who?
Ariane Sherine

What's the talk about?

Fancy finding out how to live a long and healthy life? Look no further. Comedy writer and Atheist Bus Campaign creator Ariane Sherine has teamed up with public health consultant David Conrad to analyse the
scientific evidence behind 100 different factors that affect life expectancy. Could drinking green tea really prolong your life? How about gardening? Is regular sex more about pleasure than health? Why does standing up a lot make a difference to longevity? And is it worth cutting out red meat or even turning vegan in order to blow out 100 candles on your birthday cake?
This funny and potentially lifesaving talk will reveal the answers to all these questions and more.
Ariane will be signing copies of her new book HOW TO LIVE TO 100 after the talk.

ARIANE SHERINE
Ariane Sherine is the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity anthology The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. She has written for BBC1’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC2’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Daily Mash, New Statesman and New Humanist. She lives in London with her eight-year-old daughter Lily.

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