Skeptics in the Pub is about getting people to come together and to have a relaxed and enjoyable evening while listening to talks given in a friendly manner on a wide range of topics, the idea being that we all prefer to be in a pub than a lecture theatre.

So what is it with the skepticism? It doesn't mean we disbelieve everything, just our viewpoints are based on evidence and hence the desire for talks in pubs to gain a greater understanding of the world. We also like to believe, whatever you believe, that you would feel welcome at such talks with your own views and to relax and listen to others.

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 Upcoming events

Dr Jules Griffin

When?
Tuesday, May 26 2015 at 7:00PM

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Where?

20a Portugal Place
CB5 8AF

Who?
Dr Jules Griffin

What's the talk about?

Recent media stories would have us think sugar is bad and saturated fat is off the hook. Dr Jules Griffin from the MRC's Human Nutrition Research, will tell us about the science and talk about the problems of doing nutrition research and how this can produce the Daily Mail-type headlines where things are either good or bad for us. He'll also talk about how the recent debate on sugar and health was part-hijacked by journalists who had an axe to grind about scientists who have been co-funded by industry.

Dr Griffin was appointed Head of Lipid Profiling and Signalling in March 2011. This is a joint appointment with the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry. He is also an Honorary Professor at Imperial College London and is a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge.

Ash Pryce

When?
Tuesday, June 30 2015 at 7:00PM

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Where?

20a Portugal Place
CB5 8AF

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born.
This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication.
Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry this fun show has regularly packed venues at previous Fringes 
 
Ouija Boards
Spirit Slates
Spirit Communication
Stopped Pulses
Spewing ectoplasm
And more...
 
Please note. This is a skeptically themed show and not intended as an actual demonstration of mediumship or psychic abilities
 
"Ash Pryce is a naturally funny guy and won't allow his audience to be bored" "Very entertaining" - edfringereview
"Go see" - Edinburgh Skeptics
 
 
About Ash
Ash Pryce is a performer and director based in Scotland.  He has written and staged several skeptically themed shows looking at myths & legends, ghosts, psychics and mediumship as well as producing full plays ranging from Faustus to more contemporary original shows in Edinburgh.  He is the founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, the newly started History in the Pub Edinburgh, and runs what is believed to be the worlds first skeptical ghost tour every Fringe.  He lives just outside of Edinburgh with his three Degus, one of which holds a grudge against him.

Myles Power

When?
Tuesday, August 25 2015 at 7:00PM

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Where?

20a Portugal Place
CB5 8AF

Who?
Myles Power

What's the talk about?

In the early days of the AIDS epidemic many bizarre and dangerous ideas were advanced regarding the origin of the disease and its cause. Since the discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) these conspiracy theories, which once filled the void left by the lack of information, have all but vanished. Over the past three decades HIV has been the subject of intense scientific research which has resulted in effective treatments, rapid HIV tests, and promising cures. Yet unbelievably there are a small number of people who are sceptical of the “official story”. Although these people are small in numbers they are extremely well funded and can pose a very real threat to public health. Many have chosen to spend their money on spreading their harmful theories, defend people who have irresponsibly infected their partners, and funded the documentary House of Numbers.

The documentary encourages people to come off their medication, tells them that HIV tests don’t work, and that anti-viral drugs such as AZT are the real cause of AIDS. To do this the makers of the documentary make liberal use of out-of-context quotations from scientists interviewed for the film, deceitful editing techniques, and flat out lies. I have dedicated a large amount of time to exposing some of the more insidious claims in the documentary. In response there have been multiple Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violation claims filed against me in an attempt to silence my criticism. They also published my personal information as well as my employ contact details and promoted people to contact them.

In his talk Myles discusses some examples of the dangerous assertions in the documentary and explain how they have led to the death and suffering of hundreds of thousands of people. He will also talk about the failure of the DMCA and how it can be exploited by the proponents of pseudoscience.

When?
Tuesday, October 27 2015 at 7:00PM

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Who?
John Lambie

What's the talk about?

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Iszi Lawrence

When?
Tuesday, November 24 2015 at 7:00PM

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Who?
Iszi Lawrence

What's the talk about?

 Skeptic, comedian and voice of the Skeptics Guide To The Universe, Iszi Lawrence is out to delight and inform with her new show The Z List Dead List. The Z List Dead List is a live comedy show about obscure people from History. As a skeptic, Iszi has found a few people from the past that will peak your interest. Expect woo, violence, sex and death. And a competition. The show is also a podcast with guest interviews from Jon Ronson, Griff Rhys Jones, Natalie Haynes, Neil Denny, Richard Herring etc. You can find it on iTunes here: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-z-list-dead-list/id915778702?mt=2 or go to the website www.zlistdeadlist.com