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. 

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

You can also join the Nottingham Skeptics Facebook group here.

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Sophie Scott

When?
Tuesday, June 9 2015 at 7:00PM

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Where?

48-52 Canal St
Nottingham
NG1 7EH

Who?
Sophie Scott

What's the talk about?

Professor Sophie Scott is the Welcome Trust Senior Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London researching the neuroscience of voices, speech and laughter.  Oh, and she's an occasional standup too!

In this talk Sophie will look at some of the problems with the Brain Sex theory of brain organisation, and also address some of the conceptual issues people run into when they try to develop brain based theories of sexuality.

You can listen Sophie talking to Jim Al-Khalili on R4's The Life Scientific about her research here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03bdpl5

Dr David Clarke

When?
Tuesday, July 7 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

48-52 Canal St
Nottingham
NG1 7EH

Who?
Dr David Clarke

What's the talk about?

The UFO phenomenon was born in America during the summer of 1947. A private pilot spotted nine mysterious objects that flew ‘like a saucer would if you skipped it across water’. In those days  few people believed that aliens were visiting Earth in flying saucers. But today, almost half the population of the Western world believe we are not alone. In Britain, one in ten people claim to have seen a UFO and one survey stated that one in twenty-five believed they had been abducted by aliens. Many others believe there is a conspiracy by governments to hide ‘the truth’ about visits from extra-terrestrials.

As a child during the 1970s, David Clarke joined a UFO society and later, as a newspaper journalist, spent decades investigating sighting reports, pursuing government documentation and interviewing those who claim they have seen UFOs and met their occupants. How UFOs Conquered the World takes us on his journey to understand one of the most fascinating and enduring myths of modern times.

Dr David Clarke is one of Britain’s leading writers on folklore and the supernatural. He last visited Nottingham Skeptics in the pub in August 2011 talking about the Angel of Mons.  From 2008 he has acted as the consultant and spokesperson for The National Archives for the release of the Ministry of Defence’s records on UFOs that are often referred to as ‘Britain’s Real X-Files’. He is an  experienced broadcaster and has been an advisor for numerous radio and TV programmes including BBC Timewatch and Five’s Britain’s Closest Encounters. David teaches journalism and media law at Sheffield Hallam University and writes a monthly column for the Fortean Times magazine.

Please see his blog: Journalism and Folklore www.drdavidclarke.co.uk and follow him on Twitter @shuclarke

Daisy Christodoulou

When?
Tuesday, August 4 2015 at 7:00PM

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Where?

48-52 Canal St
Nottingham
NG1 7EH

Who?
Daisy Christodoulou

What's the talk about?

How do we best teach children to have a sceptical and questioning attitude? Can pupils learn everything they need to know from first principles? Are there some things they just need to take on trust? If pupils do need to depend on authority, how can we also teach them to be sceptical of authority? And what does scientific evidence have to tell us about this – how do we think and learn, and is it even possible to teach critical thinking and scepticism?
 

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