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Andy Lewis

When?
Tuesday, June 19 2012 at 7:00PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Andy Lewis

What's the talk about?

Andy Lewis will be talking about local quackery, here's the blurb from a recent talk given at Bath SITP which should give a good idea of what to expect.

'You might argue that the wealth of the City of Bath has been derived from the claims of the healing effects of its waters. A City built on Quackery. In the 18th Century, Bath's prosperity grew as visitors flocked to take the waters. But it was not just the waters that were on offer and many other hucksters, charlatans and opportunists came here to offer their healing wares. 

Few of those therapies still exist - most are long forgotten. Why do some unorthodox healing practices thrive and others fade away? What makes a successful quackery? Should the good citiziens of Bath want to invent a new successful form of alternative medicine, how should they go about it?'


Andy Lewis is the force behind The Quackometer and it's accompanying blog examining the claims made by all manner of quacks. He has blogged extensively on Burzynski and many other areas of psudoscience and quackery including the recent Totnes Cancer Clinic hoohaa!

Drinking skeptically

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When?
Wednesday, May 30 2012 at 6:30PM

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Where?

Old George St, Plymouth, PL1 2TG

Who?
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What's the talk about?

Come and join us for the first Plymouth SITP social of the year!

Lively conversation in a relaxed atmosphere right in the centre of town!

 

Please note the venue has been changed!

Trystan Swale

When?
Tuesday, May 15 2012 at 6:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Trystan Swale

What's the talk about?

Update is here! I'm so excited!


It was the practical joke that conned the world. Two pensioners began flattening shapes into fields of corn, giving rise to one of the greatest mysteries of the past century - crop circles. Almost 21 years on from their admittance of guilt, the legacy of Doug Bower and Dave Chorley's prank remains. Trystan Swale takes you inside the dubious science associated with the phenomenon; the poor research, abuse of statistics and outlandish conclusions. And he questions just why some specialist publications continue to get it wrong.


Trystan Swale is a contemporary folklorist, and between 2004 and 2009 was an active member of two paranormal investigation teams in southern England. From his experiences with these organisations he developed his own rationalist approach to investigating anomalous phenomena. This has led him headlong into scrutinising claims of ghosts, unidentified flying objects, poltergeists, winged humanoids and out of place animals. Since 2005 he has contributed to publications including ‘The Big Cats in Britain Year Book’ and ‘Haunted Swindon’. In 2009 Trystan created the popular Righteous Indignation podcast to explore claims of the paranormal from a critical perspective. Trystan has also spoken at a range of events including 2011′s Seriously Strange conference, Cheltenham and Swindon paranormal festivals, Edinburgh Free Fringe, numerous Skeptics in the Pub meetings and QED Conference 2011.

 

Alan Henness Nightingale Collaboration Director

When?
Tuesday, April 17 2012 at 6:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Alan Henness Nightingale Collaboration Director

What's the talk about?

It's been a short 12 months since the Advertising Standards Authority started to regulate marketing claims made on the Internet. In that time, the Nightingale Collaboration has given the ASA possibly their most serious challenge yet: curbing the misleading claims made on CAM websites. Many practitioners have realised their responsibilities and taken down long lists of 'what homeopathy can help with...', etc.

But much more needs to be done and we can't rely on the ASA to do everything, so we've been using other regulators as well, particularly the medicines regulator, the MHRA.

Find out more about who we are, what we've been up to and what our future plans are.

'A History Of Everything

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When?
Friday, April 13 2012 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Royal Parade
Plymouth
PL1 2TR

Who?
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What's the talk about?

Hello everyone!!
I'm rather excited because the lovely people over at the Theatre Royal have an offered us an amazing deal!
2 FREE tickets to see a new show 'A History Of Everything' Opening this week in the drum theatre!
Complementary tickets will cover Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Monday the 16th's performances... and if you can't make those you still get £4 off the full ticket price!
Just call the Box office on 01752 267222 and quote BIG BANG!

I've booked mine for Friday! ^^

Danny Bamping

When?
Tuesday, March 20 2012 at 6:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Danny Bamping

What's the talk about?

Danny will be exploring in some detail - the legal fiction...which we all
have (but most aren't aware of it - or know what it is)

Yet, this 'piece of paper' created by the Government shortly after you were
born - against your will and consent, is a clever, hidden mechanism which
bids us, contracts us and forces us to pay taxes...including council tax, Tv
Licence, Income tax and even completing your census form.

Danny hasn't paid ANY of the above for almost 3 years; yet he is still a
free man, hasn't been fined and despite numerous court appearances...has not
(yet!) been found guilty of any crime or breaking any law?

Therefore, if you want to learn more about the big difference between lawful
and legal...and how not to contract with your legal fiction and consider
your 'consent' in paying these 'bills with no contract'...then you should
attend this talk.

Danny may also bring a few puzzles with him...and some people might be lucky
enough to leave with one!



Serial Entrepreneur Danny Bamping, 6 years ago appeared on the TV Dragons
Den...with a puzzle called the Bedlam Cube (now rebranded - the Crazee Cube)
After having 4 offers from the Dragons; he accepted two of them on the show
- only weeks later he turned them both down; as one of them went bust
(Rachel Elnaugh / red Letter days) he then went it alone and got a bank
loan; since then he has sold almost half a million cubes and now has a
variety of businesses including a media Production company (Future Planet),
as before selling toys Danny was an underwater and natural history
cameraman.

The adventures of a parapsychologist

Susan Blackmore

When?
Tuesday, February 21 2012 at 6:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Susan Blackmore

What's the talk about?

 

I am very pleased to annouce that the lovely Susan Blackmore will be returning to Plymouth SITP in February for her much awaited talk.

Sue Blackmore is a psychologist and writer researching consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She blogs for the Guardian and Psychology Today, and often appears on radio and  television. The Meme Machine  (1999) has been translated into 15 other languages; more recent books include Conversations on Consciousness (2005), Zen and the Art of Consciousness (2011), and a textbook Consciousness: An Introduction (2 ed 2010).

Ben Hardwidge

When?
Tuesday, January 17 2012 at 6:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Ben Hardwidge

What's the talk about?

According to some nutritionists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, sharks don’t get cancer. It’s a myth that’s not only brought false hope to sufferers of one of the world’s horrific diseases, who are told that consuming shark cartilage can cure cancer, but it’s also had a devastating impact on the world’s shark populations. In fact, it’s estimated that 70 million sharks will be slaughtered for their fins this year alone.

After millions of years serving as the oceans’ main apex predator, many shark species are now on the brink of extinction following just a few decades of indiscriminate finning, where sharks often have their fins cut off while they’re still alive, and are then dumped back into the sea. People often ask ‘where the harm?’ when it comes to using alternative medicine, and this talk will explain the very real and costly price of relying on unregulated bogus medicine to treat cancer.

 

In this talk, marine conservation enthusiast Ben Hardwidge will explore the theories behind using medicines derived from sharks and rays, and explain the devastating impact that this is having on our marine ecosystem. As well as this, he will also introduce the ideas behind a new scepticism campaign in development, which aims to raise awareness about medicines based on shark cartilage, while appealing to major retailers to stop stocking them.

Photo courtesy of Jaime @ Shark Angels

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When?
Tuesday, December 13 2011 at 7:00PM

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Where?

Mutley Plain,
Plymouth,
PL4 6JQ

Who?
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What's the talk about?

 

Hey all, Plymouth Skeptics And Secular Humanists are joining forces for a Rational Xmas bash. A good excuse to get dressed up and together for a few drinkies and munchies before xmas.

Entry will be £5 just so we can cover costs but there will be food and a bar available.

Would be really great to see everyone there and please feel free to bring friends or family along!

 

It would be helpful if as many as possible could click attending on the facebook event so we can ensure there is plenty of yummy food!

 

Quick get together pre Uncaged Monkeys

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When?
Saturday, December 10 2011 at 4:00PM

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What's the talk about?

Meet up pre Uncaged Monkeys few drinkies, much excitement before descending en-masse to the Pavillions to take our seats and await the fantastc Brian Cox, Ben Goldacre, Robin Ince and Simon Singh.

More details to follow closer to the time as we are due to have a promotional stall at the gig and not yet sure of the details surrounding this.

Hope to see everyone there whether you are attending the gig or not!

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PlymSITP Open Mic night

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When?
Tuesday, November 8 2011 at 6:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
various

What's the talk about?

Come one come all!

Is there a topic that you're super passionate about? Something you maybe avoid talking about with strangers and that friends avoid talking about with you... we wanna hear what you have to say! Maybe it's a question you've been dying to ask?

In November we will be opening up our Mic to our lovely audience, 5 to 10 min slots will be available and audience participation is very much encouraged!

Religion, politics, alt med, aliens, science, rationality, heck even skepticism itself...  it's all welcome here!

Eclectic enigmatist

Alan Jones

When?
Tuesday, October 18 2011 at 7:00PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Alan Jones

What's the talk about?

 

We are very pleased to be presenting a talk by Alan Jones the Rational Mystic at October's SITP meeting. Alan will be coming to speak to us about human perception of reality and how often it differs so wildly from the truth.

Alan also has a regular podcast and radio show for Haunted Cornwall radio where he attempts to bring some rationality to the topics covered by his colleagues and challenge listeners of the show to think about their preconceptions, skeptical or otherwise, in a more logical manner, you can listen to past episodes here.

Below are some quotes from his website. More information can be found about Alan and his work here, he is also on Twitter and you can follow the Rational Mystic blog here.

"As a magician and psychologist I am interested in the nature of human experience...

As someone with a real interest in the, shall we say, occult and paranormal, I am fascinated by those human experiences we consider to be mystical.

As a Rational Mystic I enjoy taking a sceptical (or skeptical for my American friends) look at claims of the paranormal whilst seeking to understand the relevance and meaning of the mystical experience."