Skeptics in the Pub is an informal social event centered usually around one speaker or topic. It provides an opportunity for skeptics, rationalists, geeks, nerds and scientists to learn, share ideas in a casual atmosphere, and discuss whatever topical issues come to mind. It allows participants to have fun while promoting skepticism, science, and rationality. 

Join us if you agree, disagree or just fancy a drink and hearing about an interesting subject.

We currently meet once a month, on the first Tuesday of the month at (unless otherwise mentioned):

The Garden House 1 Pembroke Road NR2 3HD (Google Map)

You'll find us up the stairs behind the bar.

We ask for a small donation to cover speakers' expenses.

Join our discussions on Facebook, Google+ or Twitter @NorwichSITP. Email us at sitpnorwich@gmail.com.

Chad Goodwin

When?
Tuesday, May 6 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

1 Pembroke Road
Norwich
NR2 3HD

Who?
Chad Goodwin

What's the talk about?

From humble beginnings in Thetford, Thomas Paine (1737-1809) became the foremost propagandist for radical politics in the late 18th century. To what extent was Paine a typical Enlightenment  thinker? How did his love of practical science influence his political and religious ideas? A philosopher, or just someone who couldn't resist speaking out against injustice?

Chad Goodwin, Chair of the Thomas Paine Society UK will tell us about this local historic and skeptical figure.

www.thomaspaineuk.com

Hayley Johnson + Nancy Kane

When?
Thursday, June 5 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

1 Pembroke Road
Norwich
NR2 3HD

Who?
Hayley Johnson + Nancy Kane

What's the talk about?

Homeopathy is a 200 year-old system of alternative medicine, based on the premise that “like cures like” and that more diluted remedies are more potent. 

The skeptical community often requires that those who support homeopathy provide evidence of its effectiveness, and we know that this evidence is usually not forthcoming, or has serious methodological flaws which limit its usefulness. Despite this, many argue that homeopathy still has a place in modern medicine, since it offers a treatment option that is acceptable to many patients, and does no harm. 

But is there evidence for this claim for no harm in homeopathy? Does the burden of proof fall to us as skeptics to prove that it can cause real damage to people? We examine the evidence for and against homeopathy, which may be more harmful than you think.