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Simon Clare

When?
Thursday, April 3 2014 at 7:30PM

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1 Pembroke Road
Norwich
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Who?
Simon Clare

What's the talk about?

 The Alpha Course runs in 162 countries and has been attended, according to their website, by 20 Million people. Over 9 weeks, 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 how the course affected his attitude to faith - not to mention what goes on during the later stages of the course.

The new Archbishop Of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is an old friend of the Alpha Course’s organisers and his election suggests that Alpha has graduated from fringe group to a central part of Christianity’s struggle to survive.

As well as giving an overview of the course from biblical history to singing in tongues, Simon will discuss what atheists, humanists and skeptics might learn from it.

Mark Lynas

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

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1 Pembroke Road
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Who?
Mark Lynas

What's the talk about?

Adapted from his website:

Mark Lynas is the former climate change advisor to the President of the Maldives, visiting fellow at Cornell University's Office of International Programs at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, member of the advisory board of the science advocacy group Sense About Science, author and speaker on climate change, biotechnology and nuclear power.

Join us for what is sure to be a very interesting talk!

Adam Rutherford

When?
Thursday, February 6 2014 at 7:30PM

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1 Pembroke Road
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Who?
Adam Rutherford

What's the talk about?

From his website: 'Dr. Adam Rutherford is a science broadcaster and professional geek'. Presenter of BBC4's documentaries The Gene Code and The Cell, Radio 4's Scientists Go To Hollywood and Science Betrayed. He also writes for The Guardian.

We're very excited that he will be coming to speak to us!

Principal of the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form Free School

Dr Mark Evans

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

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1 Pembroke Road
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Who?
Dr Mark Evans

What's the talk about?

Dr Evan's talk will explore the science of teaching, learning, and forgetting, and use the Sir Isaac Newton model to show how you can build a school from scratch using evidence-based methods and principles. Along the way he'll explore plenty of educational myths and legends that are treated as norms in the cognitive frame we have for schools, and urge a more critical design for education.

Get your skeptical and science thinking caps on!

When?
Tuesday, December 10 2013 at 7:30PM

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1 Pembroke Road
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What's the talk about?

The annual quiz has come once more - always lots of fun! Join us for general knowledge, popular science and skeptical questions.

 

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Simon Singh

When?
Tuesday, December 3 2013 at 7:30PM

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112-114 Magdalen Street
Norwich NR3 1JD

Who?
Simon Singh

What's the talk about?

VENUE CHANGE - Due to popular demand, we have changed this event to a larger capacity venue which is also accessible. More tickets have therefore been released! Epic Studios, 112-114 Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1JD. It also has a bar! 

THIS EVENT WILL BE TICKETED.

GOTO >>> https://simonsinghnorwichsitp.eventbrite.com/ <<<< TO GET YOUR TICKET.

A few tickets will be available on the night, but it's best to purchase in advance to guarentee your place!

 

We are very honored to be hosting the legendary Simon Singh this December. He is a British author who has specialised in writing about mathematical and scientific topics in an accessible manner. He shot to fame in the Skeptics community after he wrote an article for the Guardian which was critical of the practice of chiropractic and resulted in Simon being sued for libel by the British Chiropractic Association. On 1 April 2010, he won his court appeal for the right to rely on the defence of fair comment.


In this talk Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem and Big Bang, talks about his latest book, which explores mathematical themes hidden in The Simpsons. Everyone knows that The Simpsons is the most successful show in television history, but very few people realise that its team of mathematically gifted writers have used the show to explore everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and from infinitesimals to infinity. Singh will also discuss how writers of Futurama have similarly made it their missions to smuggle deep mathematical ideas into the series.

All proceeds will go directly back into Skeptics in the Pub to bring you more great speakers!

Copies of Simon's book will be available on the night, and he will be there to sign copies.

Martin Barker

When?
Tuesday, November 12 2013 at 7:30PM

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1 Pembroke Road
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Who?
Martin Barker

What's the talk about?

In December 2014 the final part of the trilogy of films based on JRR Tolkien’s the Hobbit will finally be released across the world. That will no doubt be a momentous event. But maybe just as important, even if it won’t make quite the same noise, will be the simultaneous launch of the World Hobbit Project – the largest and widest international audience project ever attempted.

With research partners in 45 countries, and with the ambition of gathering 50,000+ responses in over 30 languages, the project aims to ask some big questions, including (1) what is the contribution that big public fantasies of this kind make to our culture?, (2) what does this very ‘English’ fantasy mean and how does it matter to different audiences around the world?, and (3) how do people make sense of and evaluate the films, both as individuals and as kinds of people? 

Martin Barker is overall Director of the World Hobbit Project and will try to explain and justify its mad ambitions.

Stevyn Colgan

When?
Thursday, October 17 2013 at 7:30PM

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1 Pembroke Road
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Who?
Stevyn Colgan

What's the talk about?

Skepticism and critical thinking isn’t just about UFOs, bad pharma and Creationism.

After leaving school Stevyn gained places at both art and catering colleges, but turned them down and instead accepted a drunken £50 bet with his homicide detective father that he could survive six months as a police officer. He consequently joined the Metropolitan Police Service in London and ended up staying for 30 years.

During his service he found himself frequently challenging the traditional or ‘accepted’ ways of doing things; critical thinking and his own natural skepticism made him to explore different way of doing things, often in innovative and unusual ways. These included using wizards to tackle street gambling, lollipops to stop anti‐social behavior and dog shows to prevent homicides. Ultimately, he was asked by Scotland Yard and the Home Office to be part of an experimental unit to explore some of these new ideas, many of which have now found their way into everyday policing across the UK.

The Skeptical Bobby is all about grass‐roots skepticism and why we should be critical thinkers in every aspect of our lives.

‘Superb talk at QEDCon by Stevyn Colgan. Intelligent and humane.’ – Professor Richard Dawkins

‘Stevyn Colgan was fantastic! Beautiful and inspiring talk’ ‐ The British Humanist Association

Lovely Skeptics of Norwich

When?
Tuesday, October 1 2013 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Lovely Skeptics of Norwich

What's the talk about?

 Join us for a laid back and fun evening discussing recent news items (from a skeptical perspective of course), and the ever popular Science or Fiction - a mini quiz of recent news-worthy science.

Dr. Dan MacLean

When?
Tuesday, September 3 2013 at 7:30PM

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1 Pembroke Road
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Who?
Dr. Dan MacLean

What's the talk about?

Dr. Dan MacLean from the Sainsbury Laboratory at the Norwich Research Park is coming to talk to us about his research using games to collect scientific data.

He''ll talk about how emergent plant pathogens are a major problem for food security, how science is changing to react more rapidly with new tools like games and how Citizen Scientists are vital in these efforts. He''ll discuss the particular problem of ash dieback and how the Facebook game Fraxinus was developed and how it helps as a case study in these projects.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23635094

The Nightingale Collaboration - http://www.nightingale-collaboration.org/

Alan Henness

When?
Tuesday, August 6 2013 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Alan Henness

What's the talk about?

The Nightingale Collaboration was set up to enable knowledge and experience to be shared in challenging misleading claims in healthcare advertising and to encourage anyone who is concerned at protecting the public from misinformation in healthcare promotion to join them in challenging it. Together they work to improve the protection of the public by getting misleading claims withdrawn and those responsible held to account.

It's been just over two years 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 the ASA can't be relied on to do everything, so they've been using other regulators as well, particularly the medicines regulator, the MHRA.

In this talk find out more about who they are, what they've been up to and what their future plans are.

Richard Firth-Godbehere

When?
Tuesday, July 2 2013 at 7:30AM

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Who?
Richard Firth-Godbehere

What's the talk about?

 'I Know in my Heart There is no God'.  Many people claim to have personal relationship with God that allows them to know, 'in their hearts', that God is real. In this talk, Richard will use psychology and the history of emotions to show that most people's understanding of what emotions are is wrong, and that the very idea of God being felt 'in the heart' is an overhang from history. Instead, these feelings are part of our tendency to project an 'essence' onto external objects and our deep, innate need to belong.

Richard Firth-Godbehere is self-described 'Historical Emotionographer'  (he writes about emotions in history using a combination of psychology, anthropology, linguistics, sociology and various strands of history) and proponent of digital humanities, who has contributed to The Skeptic magazine, The Pod Delusion and elsewhere in print, online and in public. Sometime blogger (when he finds the time) and once host of 'The Skeptical Experience', he is currently at the University of Cambridge researching into 'Aversion, Abomination and Disgust in Early Modern Medicine'.