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Simon Clare

When?
Tuesday, June 17 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Simon Clare

What's the talk about?

The Alpha Course runs in 162 countries and has been attended, according to their website, by 25 Million people. Over a 9 week period, students are guided through Christian theology ostensibly to “Explore the meaning of Life”.

Simon Clare, an unabashed atheist, signed up to his local course in Brighton, wondering if his faithlessness would be challenged. Spoiler: He wasn’t converted but he was surprised at what he learnt about faith.

The new Archbishop Of Canterbury, Justin Welby, found his faith at the home of the Alpha Course and his election suggests that the Alpha model of spreading the word is now at the heart of Christianity's struggle for survival. As well as giving an overview of the course from biblical history to singing in tongues, Simon will discuss what atheists can learn from the Alpha Course.

Simon Clare runs Horsham Skeptics in the Pub and is a founder member of the South East Skeptics Society.

Johnny Mains

When?
Tuesday, May 20 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Johnny Mains

What's the talk about?

Johnny will be discussing horror films, the acceptance of the extremes directors will go to get that perfect reaction and why we should stop watching films made after 1990.

Johnny Mains is an award winning editor and author, his latest collection Best British Horror 2014 is available for preorder now!
 

Keir Liddle

When?
Tuesday, April 15 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Keir Liddle

What's the talk about?

Psychology is the oft misunderstood and misused science of the brain and behaviour. There are many myths and misconceptions about it in popular culture: Whether it’s claims that we only use 10% of our brain or that IQ tests are biased there are many areas in which the academic science of psychology is cut adrift from the public’s understanding of the subject.

These common misconceptions have also helped give rise to all manner of oddities that thrive under the banner of “popular psychology”. From self help to facilitated communication this talk will aim to address many of these odd notions from a skeptical viewpoint and hopefully clear up some of what is and what isn’t myth in psychology.
 
Keir Liddle is a psychology graduate and PhD student. He has been a skeptic for many years now and was a former organiser for Edinburgh Skeptics. He wrote for and edited the twenty-first floor blog (www.thetwentyfirstfloor.com) ,before it was taken down by a quack, and once had the bright idea of bringing scepticism to the masses via the method of a free festival (Skeptics on the Fringe has now had four successful runs and plans are underway for a fifth).

Karin Robinson

When?
Tuesday, March 18 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Karin Robinson

What's the talk about?

Karin Robinson will be joining us to discuss the impact of the changing role of unreligious voters on the US political landscape and comparison with the situation in the UK.

Karin was Regional Field Director for Americans Abroad on Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign and has since served 2 terms as Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad, UK. She is an Associate Director and Head of Digital for Blue Rubicon, the UK's premier independent PR and Communications agency. She is a blogger, activist and mother who lives in North London with her German husband.

Robin Ince

When?
Tuesday, February 25 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Robin Ince

What's the talk about?

I'm extremely excited to be welcoming Robin Ince down to Plymouth SITP! 
He likely needs no introduction, but just in case, Robin is presenter of Radio 4's infinite Monkey Cage, irreverent host of the Utter Shambles podcast, stand up comedian, writer and angry ranty funnyman of the rationalist community.
 

Dr Susan Blackmore

When?
Tuesday, January 21 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Dr Susan Blackmore

What's the talk about?

We're super excited to have Dr Sue Blackmore back with us at Plymouth SITP.

She will be discussing the research she was involved in on the BioEletric shield and the resulting interaction with the manufacturers before and after the results were revealed.
The crystal based BioElectric Shield product claims to 'deflect and reflect harmful electromagnetic radiation...' and 'acts as an energy pacemaker, reminding your energy field of its own unique frequency so that it does not go into coherence with frequencies that cause abnormal cell activity'

Sue Blackmore is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She has a degree in psychology and physiology from Oxford University (1973) an MSc and a PhD in parapsychology from the University of Surrey (1980). She no longer works on the paranormal. Her research interests include memes, evolutionary theory, consciousness, and meditation. She practices Zen, campaigns for drug legalization and plays in her village samba band, Crooked Tempo.

Simon Singh

When?
Monday, November 25 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA

Who?
Simon Singh

What's the talk about?

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! 
We're pairing up with our friends at Peninsula Arts for this one, and as it is a larger event with limited places we will be ticketing!
For full box office details and to book tickets please follow this link!

Simon Singh's new book, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, explains how the show's creators have snuck in high level mathematical concepts over the course of the show.
Using the examples from The Simpsons and it's sister program, Futurama, Simon Singh will illuminate some of these concepts and take us through the history of Mathematics and Science in the process!
 

Simon Singh, MBE (born 19 September 1964) is a British author who has specialised in writing about mathematical and scientific topics in an accessible manner. His written works include Fermat's Last Theorem (in the United States titled Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem),[2][3] The Code Book[4] (about cryptography and its history), Big Bang[5] (about the Big Bang theory and the origins of the universe) and Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial[6] (about complementary and alternative medicine).

Singh has also produced documentaries and works for television to accompany his books, is a trustee of NESTA, the National Museum of Science and Industry and co-founded the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme. - Wikipedia
 

 

Does my vote count?

n/a

When?
Tuesday, November 19 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
n/a

What's the talk about?

With the fantastic Simon Singh visiting us on the 25th of November, it seems like the perfect opportunity to try something a little bit different in our regular Tuesday Plymouth SITP slot.
To that end, I would like to invite you all to come and debate the topic ‘Does my vote count?’

Some say that voting doesn’t make a difference because things are so broken that voting is now little more than collusion with a corrupt system.
On the other hand, do those who choose not to take part in the system have the right to complain when it fails? After all, how can you hope to change things if you are not willing to be part of them?
Can the system work or is revolution needed to turn things on their heads?

This is a new venture for PlymSITP and I hope you will all be interested in coming along and having a spirited debate about an issue that has been much debated over the last few weeks!

John Richards

When?
Tuesday, October 15 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
John Richards

What's the talk about?


The Audacity of Faith makes the case for an attitude of skepticism towards faith based doctrine and argues in favour of Scientific Reality.

John Richards is a retired Science teacher who provides teaching resources in non-belief via the TES including the website http://doubtersclub.webplus.net

His book 'Godbuster' (banishes all known gods) is being reviewed by London college philosopher Stephen Law and Science comedian Robin Ince prior to being released.

He is the host and founder of Worthing SitP

 

 

n/a

When?
Tuesday, September 17 2013 at 7:00PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
n/a

What's the talk about?

No speaker this Month, I didn't want to inflict a journey on anyone in Freshers week! However we will be having one of our little get togethers instead! 
Come for the food stay for the enlightening conversation! See you all there! ^^
 

What to think about Fracking...?

Hazel Gibson

When?
Tuesday, August 20 2013 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Hazel Gibson

What's the talk about?

With the news that there might be large reserves of shale gas under parts of the UK, Fracking has become the latest energy controversy. Hazel Gibson will be exploring what people think about fracking, from three perspectives - the scientist, the activist and the local person with fracking happening on their back door. Looking at what fracking is as a method for extracting gas from shale, why some people don't like fracking and what the people who live where fracking is happening are actually worried about.

Hazel is currently a PhD student at Plymouth, studying what people know about geology. She has previously worked at the Natural History Museum in London as the Identifications Officer for Earth Sciences and as a Science Educator. She also worked as an Engineering Geologist in Australia. She currently tweets, blogs and generally harangues passers-by about how awesome geology is. Can occasionally be seen making dinosaur footprints.....

Anthroposophy and Spiritual Science

Andy Lewis

When?
Tuesday, July 16 2013 at 7:00PM

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Where?

Barbican Theatre,
Castle Street,
Plymouth
PL1 2NJ

Who?
Andy Lewis

What's the talk about?

With Michael Gove and the coalition approving new Steiner Schools to open under the Free School Programme, it is timely to look closely at the origins and beliefs of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the occult movement of Anthroposophy. Steiner was a mystic who believed he had direct clairvoyant access to cosmic knowledge. As such he developed an esoteric belief system based on karma, reincarnation, astrology, homeopathy and gnomes. His visions gave insights into architecture, art, dance, agriculture, medicine, education, science and diet. His racial hierarchy of spiritual developmental resonated in Germany in the early 20th Century turning a personal belief into a worldwide movement. Today we find hundreds of anthroposphically inspired organisations in the UK alone: everything from Steiner Schools, Biodynamic farms to banks, pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies, charities and cheese makers.

Andy Lewis has been trying to lift the veil on the inner secrets of the movement and will discuss how this secretive movement has direct impact on public life.

Come join us for another interesting evening in our laid back venue, talk starts at 7.30pm but we recommend arriving early and grabbing a bite to eat from the tasty Thai menu!
Plymouth Skeptics in the Pub is run entirely on donations taken on the night, we suggest a donation of £3 per person.