Past Events

Stevyn Colgan portraitTHE SKEPTICAL BOBBY

Who: Stevyn Colgan
When: Tuesday, October 6th 7:30pm
WhereThe Westgate

Skepticism and critical thinking isn’t just about UFOs, bad pharma and Creationism. It’s about the everyday things too. 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 led 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 behaviour 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.

Stevyn Colgan is an author, artist, songwriter, speaker and oddly-spelled Cornishman. He is one of the ‘Elves’ that research and write the popular BBC TV series QI and co-writes its sister show, The Museum of Curiosity, for BBC Radio 4. He has, among other things, been a chef, a potato picker, a milkman and a police officer. He has written briefing notes for two Prime Ministers and TV scripts for Gerry Anderson and Doctor Who. He’s helped build dinosaur skeletons for the Natural History Museum, movie monsters for Bruce Willis to shoot at, and was the official artist for the 2006 National Children’s Book Fair. He has been set on fire twice, been shot at once, and he is a regular at festivals and events such as Skeptics in the Pub, Cornbury, Harrogate, Hay, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe.

He is the author of Joined-Up Thinking, Henhwedhlow: The Clotted Cream of Cornish Folk Tales, Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope, and The Third Condiment. He has co-written Saving Bletchley Park – due to be published in October 2015 with Dr Sue Black and his new book Why did the Policeman cross the Road? will be published in May 2016 (if you want to know how to police elephants using bees, or why an Austrian mayor leaves fake vomit down alleyways, or how the phantom bus stops of Dusseldorf help protect dementia patients, please consider pledging here.) He is currently writing a novel and a book about art, and recording an album of his own songs. He stops inordinately frequently for tea.


 

paulinaSOCIAL MEDIA AND GROUP POLARISATON

Who: Paulina Wegrzynek
When: Tuesday, September 8th 7:30pm
WhereThe Westgate

Computer-mediated communication and social media have become a pervasive phenomenon in today’s society. People use social media as a platform for social expression and a tool for social change. Most recently, it has been argued that the accessibility and the mobility of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter mediated the crowd into participation in the 2011 English riots, the Occupy protests, and the “Arab Spring”. However, research into the social concepts of group decision making and group polarisation in the context of modern communication strategies is lacking. This talk will provide an overview of a recent study addressing this topic and discuss its findings and implications.

Paulina Wegrzynek is a research assistant in psychology and a postgraduate neuropsychology student at Bath Spa University. Her research interests and current work focus on social media and group decision making, employee well-being, and a link between depression and inflammation.


WHAT IS THE LINK BETWEEN VIOLENT GAMES AND AGGRESSION?

peter etchellsWho: Dr Peter Etchells
When: Tuesday, July 7th 7:30pm
WhereThe Westgate

We often see news headlines in the mainstream media claiming a definitive link between video game use and negative behaviours. But what do the data actually tell us about the issue? Research into the associations between violent video game use and aggressive behaviour is mired in controversy and methodological problems. In this talk, Peter Etchells provides an overview of the problems, some suggestions for improvements, and what we really know about the effects of playing violent video games.

Dr Pete Etchells is a senior lecturer in biological psychology at Bath Spa University. He is also the Guardian’s science blog network coordinator, where he writes regularly about psychology in the news.


 

HOW TO TALK TO THE DEAD

Ash Pryce profile photoWho: Ash Pryce
When: Tuesday, June 9th 7:30pm
WhereThe Westgate

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 the Edinburgh fringe. Ouija Boards, Spirit Slates, Spirit Communication, Stopped Pulses, Spewing ectoplasm and more…

“Very entertaining” EdFringeReview
“Go see!” Edinburgh Skeptics

Ash Pryce is a performer, director and occasional magician based in Scotland. He has written and staged several skeptic-themed shows exploring 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 year for the Fringe Festival.


Asking Questions of History
Reason, radicals and unsung heroes in the 1790s

Who: John Issitt
When: Tuesday, May 13 2014 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

The vision of a society formed from progressive equality was based on a claim of reason. For radicals of the 1790s and for a child brought up a socialist in post war Britain, inequality was fundamentally unreasonable – society could and should be organised on equitable and therefore rational grounds. Yet the French Revolution brought Robespierre and the Guillotine and the Russian Revolution brought Stalin and the Gulag. Have we expected too much of reason? Is reason confounded by the human condition? John Issitt uses the critical episode of radical challenge in 1790s to explore the limits of reason and ask whether life is essentially mysterious?

John Issitt is a writer and a part time lecturer at the University of York UK where he teaches philosophy of learning. He taught for the Open University for 23 years and is a National Teaching Fellow.

The Truth About Cannabis

Who: Peter Reynolds
When: Tuesday, April 8 2014 at 7:30PM
Where: Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

Peter Reynolds is the leader of CLEAR Cannabis Law Reform, a UK political party and the largest, membership-based drug policy reform group in Britain. CLEAR campaigns for an end to the prohibition of cannabis, most urgently for those who need it as medicine. Peter will explain the background to cannabis prohibition, the latest scientific and medical research and the reality of going head to head with the Daily Mail, the Home Office and those who still promote “Reefer Madness” propaganda.

What do we know about North Korea?

Who: Alistair Coleman
When: Tuesday, January 14 2014 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

One of the world’s last dictatorships, power has been passed from father to son over three generations in a personality cult that borders on religion. But what do we know about this secretive state with worrying nuclear ambitions? Alistair Coleman, a North Korea watcher with the BBC unravels the clues to give us a better picture of what’s going on in Pyongyang.

Beyond the Syringe – Secrets of Alternative Medicine
Is there an alternative to alternative medicine?

Who: Dr. Richard Rawlins MB BS MBA FRCS
When: Tuesday, November 12 2013 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

Since time immemorial we humans have been concerned about our health and well-being. For early civilisations it seemed obvious that the gods, spirits and stars were the cause of illness and disease. The Age of Enlightenment ushered in more critical analysis and we now expect medicine and healthcare to be evidence-based. Yet a third of the UK population indulges in alternatives to evidence-based medicine and at least £500 million is spent every year on implausible treatments. There is no satisfactory way of differentiating between a sincere practitioner of complementary or alternative medicine, a dissembling quack, and an out and out fraudster.

Just why do so many patients spend so much time and trouble on alternatives to science based care? Why do many doctors refer their patients for metaphysical medicine? Why are politicians content to allow taxpayers funds to be spent on treatments that have no evidence of effectiveness? Is there an alternative?

In this presentation Richard Rawlins reviews how conventional, orthodox, mainstream medicine has evolved from esoteric, hermetic, and arcane origins – has passed through a stage of thaumaturgic medicine – and now provides the best possible care in the light of current knowledge and understanding. There are many problems with orthodox medicine, but the scientific method and the attention of sceptics, in pubs and elsewhere, keeps healthcare professionals on the straight and narrow of intellectual and professional integrity. Richard brings the insights and perspectives of a magician to this challenging consideration of contemporary caring professions.

Richard qualified as a doctor in 1968, was a lecturer in Anatomy at King’s College London, a ship’s surgeon on cruise ships around the world, and on warships as a Surgeon Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve. After further training in London he was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Bedford HospitalHe is an expert medical witness to the Courts and to the General Medical Council. He has been active in developing BMA policy towards alternative medicine and in particular pressing for the NHS to cease purchasing homoeopathic remedies unless and until NICE reports on their cost effectiveness.

A Skeptics Guide to Ghost Hunting

Who: Hayley Stevens
When: Tuesday, October 8 2013 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

Described as ‘one of the sharpest and best skeptical commentators out there’, Hayley Stevens has addressed international audiences about researching the paranormal as a non-believer. She is one of Britain’s most vocal skeptical paranormal researchers and has been actively investigating ghosts and monsters since her teens when she used to believe that such things existed.

During her talk Hayley will explain everything a person could need to know about ghost hunting, from making ghosts forget their name to the important role Play-Doh has in modern paranormal investigation. Find her blog at http://www.hayleyisaghost.co.uk

What Every Parent Needs to Know about Steiner Schools
Anthroposophy and Spiritual Science

Who: Andy Lewis
When: Tuesday, May 14 2013 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

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.

The Ancestor’s Trail

Who: Chris Jenord
When: Tuesday, April 9 2013 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

The Ancestor’s Trail is an annual walking event inspired by Richard Dawkins’ book ‘the Ancestor’s Tale’. It drapes the Tree of Life over the Quantock Hills in Somerset so that its various branches line up with the hills’ many footpaths. This year it is currently planned for the 24th-26th August.

Chris Jenord is the organiser of this event, and will be talking to us about what inspired him to start this trail and what he hopes people can get out of the event, as well as inviting you to join him on this year’s trail.

Here is a short summary of this year’s event:

The 3 day event will sandwich the Trail between two days of science speakers and musical celebrations. On the Trail day, certain branches of the tree will be populated by groups of walkers who, with a little pre-planned choreography, will walk evolution in reverse – following the theme of Dawkins’ book. As they symbolically walk back in time, the walkers progressively re-unite with their increasingly distant ancestors. Eventually the ever increasing band of pilgrims arrive together at a rocky beach on the Severn Estuary representing our shared origins ~3.8 billion years ago. Last year 130 people took part and along the way were treated to words of wisdom, poetry and music.

The event is supported by the British Humanist Association and last year we welcomed Richard Dawkins as our keynote speaker and raised money for the RSPB and World Land Trust. This year most proceeds will go towards the Wallace 100 project whose ambition is to commission a statue of Alfred Russel Wallace to sit near to Darwin’s at the Natural History Museum in London. Speakers/acts already booked include Professor Mark Thomas, Dr George Beccaloni, a Wallace inspired theatre group, the wonderful Jonny Berliner and his brilliant science songs (with a song about Wallace), a body painter called Victoria Gugenheim and even a marching band.

The Rise of the Laptop Lizards

Who: Alan Henness
When: Tuesday, March 12 2013 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

It’s been a short 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 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.

The Little Atoms Road Trip
A Scientific Odyssey across America

Who: Neil Denny
When: Tuesday, January 8 2013 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

Neil Denny is the producer and presenter of the Little Atoms Radio Show and podcast. Neil was the recipient of a Travelling Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and in May 2012 he embarked upon a month long, 6614 mile road trip across America. The aim of the trip was to produce a series of podcasts which present a wide-ranging overview of science and skepticism from an American perspective. Driving from San Francisco to Boston and calling in at Phoenix, Santa Fe, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York along the way, Neil recorded 39 interviews with scientists and science writers including Ann Druyan, Leonard Susskind, Kip Thorne, Priya Natarajan, Paul Davies, George Church, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Mary Roach, Edward Stone and Sara Seager. He recorded interviews at some major sites of scientific interest, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, The Los Alamos National Laboratory, and The American Museum of Natural History. He also spent a less scientific day visiting Kentucky’s Creation Museum. The podcasts from Neil’s trip can be found at the following website: http://feeds.feedburner.com/littleatomsroadtrip. Find out more about Little Atoms here: http://www.littleatoms.com, and follow Neil on Twitter @littleatoms.

Inside Britain’s Creationist Schools

Who: Jonny Scaramanga
When: Tuesday, September 11 2012 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

Jonny Scaramanga was raised as a Christian fundamentalist and attended a strict evangelical school in Bath in the 1990s. He appeared on BBC2’s As Seen on TV and Video Nation multiple times in this time to discuss his faith. He has since discovered that everything he thought was true was wrong. He writes about his experiences at the popular leavingfundamentalism.wordpress.com blog.

In his talk, Jonny will give an insight to what life is like in an Accelerated Christian Education school. There are sixty of these fundamentalist institutions in the UK, which teach Young Earth Creationism as fact. The Bible is taught as an infallible authority, and alternative viewpoints are not discussed or even considered.

Why Nothing Matters

Who: Ronald Green
When: Tuesday, July 10 2012 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

Why should nothing matter? If anything matters, why should nothing matter? And yet it does, for there isn’t anything, it seems, that nothing does not touch, or anything that does not touch nothing. History, philosophy, religion, science, art, literature, music – all look towards nothing at some point, stimulating questions that would otherwise not be asked.

Who, for example, could have believed that nothing held back progress for 600 years in the Middle Ages, all because of mistaken translation, or that nothing is a way to tackle (and answer) the perennial question “what is art?”? Ronald Green uses nothing in a genuine attempt to look at the world in a different way, to give new angles to old problems and so to stimulate new thoughts.

What is this nothing, that we can’t actually see, touch or feel? Is it absolute? Is it relative to everything else? If we are able to think about it, write and read about it, is it something, and if so wouldn’t it then not be nothing? This is precisely the mystery of nothing – that the more we think about it, the more there is to it. Disarmingly invisible, the point of nothing – to paraphrase Bertrand Russell on philosophy – is to start with something so simple as to seem not worth examining, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.

Ronald Green is the author of “Nothing Matters – a book about nothing” (iff-Books). Philosopher, linguist, university lecturer and ESL teacher, with 13 ESL books published, Ronald has lectured and given workshops in Europe, North and South America and the Middle East on linguistics, ESL and the use of the Internet in education. His short stories have been published in Nuvein magazine, Tryst, Aesthetica, the Sink and Unholy Biscuit. He has completed a philosophical novel and co-authored a psychological thriller with strong philosophical underpinnings. For the past five years he has been thinking seriously about nothing, culminating in his recently-published book.

Science and Advertising: Strange Bedfellows

Who: Dean Burnett
When: Tuesday, May 1 2012 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL
As concepts, science and advertising have rarely been compatible. Attempts by one to use the other have invariably ended in outcomes that range from hilarious, to ridiculous, to downright sinister. Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist, writer and comedian, and founder of Cardiff Skeptics in the Pub, has found that attempts by the world of advertising to exploit science have impacted on his life far more often than is reasonable to expect. So come hear him speak about how he got dragged into the weird worlds of advertising science and how it made him look ridiculous, the bizarre methods used by advertisers to exploit science, and ask just how much science advertisers find ‘acceptable’.

Skeptic Open Mic Night

Who: You?
When: Tuesday, March 6 2012 at 7:00PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

After the success of our first ‘open mic’ event last year, we’re opening the stage up to our audience AGAIN for our social event in March! The ‘skeptical open mic night’; audience members can take the microphone for five to ten minutes to discuss a skeptical subject they feel passionate about, share their ideas, or to ask their questions to an open audience for feedback.

Think of it as one huge discussion about the things that matter to you with like minded people, in the relaxed atmosphere of a pub.

Entry is FREE!

Line up so far:

Will Parbury – statistical errors in research
Alex Brown – “I am the aged!” Anecdotes of conspiracy theories, miracle cures and fuzzy thinking from the front line of charity fundraising.

more announced soon (want to talk? Email bathskeptics@gmail.com and let us know!)

Bath – The Vibrant Center of the Golden Age of Quackery

Who: Andy Lewis
When: Tuesday, February 7 2012 at 7:30PM
Where: Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

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 developed the Quackometer website that explores the pseudoscientific claims of alternative medicine websites and their impact on society. Despite his detractors’ claims, he does not own a yatch in the South of France paid for by Big Pharma…

Experiences of an Awkward Athiest

Who: Iszi Lawrence
When: Tuesday, January 10 2012 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1E

Stand-up comedian Iszi Lawrence will be discussing “The Experiences of an Awkward Athiest – How superstition, belief and reason are intermingled in comedy and everyday life” Iszi Lawrence is the resident compere of the Lil Fat Comedy Club Whitney, has had sell out shows at the Camden, Brighton, Oxfringe and Edinburgh Fringe. Her debut four star show “Matter of Tact” was Time Out Recommended and London Lite Comedy Pick.

She also appeared in Perrier Award winning The Passion Of The Hodgson and has appered on BBC Radio 1, BBC7 as well as local radio inc Resonance FM. Iszi is also co-host of the Sundays Supplement podcast and comperes Oxford Skeptics in the Pub. She has been an invited speaker to Athiest Think Week and has spoken at several Skeptic Societies around the UK.

The Ethics of Conscious Robots

Who: Dr Joanna Bryson
When: Tuesday, December 6 2011 at 7:30PM
Where: Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL
Artificial intelligence is intelligence built as an artefact by humans. This building can happen either directly or as a part of a technological process, but that technology and the motivation behind it is still necessarily of human origin.

Is it possible that artefacts might themselves be considered moral subjects? Moral patients that deserve our protection, or even moral agents that deserve credit or responsibility for their own actions? And what, if anything, would a robot’s consciousness contribute to this question?

After twenty years of involvement in artificial intelligence, Joanna has come to the conclusion that the answers to these questions have less to do with technology and more to do with sceptical enquiry into the origins of our concepts of morality. Considering the contexts and in which robots might be brought into what we consider to be humanity and the consequences of these may or may not help the robots, but it may help us understand ourselves a great deal better.

Dr Joanna J. Bryson is an academic specialised in two areas: the advancement of systems artificial intelligence (AI), and the use of AI simulations to further the understanding of natural intelligence, including human culture. She holds degrees in behavioural science, psychology and artificial intelligence from Chicago (BA), Edinburgh (MSc and MPhil), and MIT (PhD). She joined The University of Bath in 2002, where she was made a Reader in Computer Science in 2010.

Entry is free but donations are welcomed.

Not Just for Sailors!
A Sceptical Look at Media Perceptions of Tattooing in the West

Who: Dr Matt Lodder
When: Tuesday, November 1 2011 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

As an opening line for an article in a popular newspaper about tattoos, the suggestion that “tattoos are not just for sailors anymore” is a familiar one. Indeed, it often feels as if the same sentiment graces every article about tattooing in the mainstream press: Tattooing, we’ve been told again and again recently, is coming of age – finally coming out of the murky shadows of the deviant underworld to leave its mark on the most well-heeled. Tattoos are now to be seen on catwalks, on trading floors and around the chicest tables.

The hacks who churn out these stories might be surprised to learn,then, that the popular media has been reporting the arrival of tattooing in high society for nearly one hundred years.

In a talk drawing on his doctoral thesis, Matt will be presenting a sceptical look at media perceptions of tattooing in recent decades, and present an alternative way of looking at, and thinking about tattoos: as art objects in their own right.

Dr Matt Lodder is an academic art historian, based in London. His work is concerned with the artistic status of body art and body modification practices, including tattooing, body piercing and cosmetic surgery, applying art-theoretical and art-historical methodologies to the study of the modified body specifically as an art object rather than a site for psychological, psychiatric, anthropological or ethnographic interest.

He has acted as a contributor and expert consultant for various radio and television projects on body art and body modification, including BBC’s ‘Coast’, on BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio Sheffield, on Channel 4 and on Australia’s Triple J, and is currently working on a book which presents an art historical survey of tattooing from the 16th century to the present day.

Unnatural Preditors

Who: Deborah Hyde
When: Tuesday, October 4 2011 at 7:30PM
Where: Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

Deborah Hyde will tell us about cultural aspects of the religious and superstitious experience. This evening we will discuss and answer such questions as:

– Why do the dead chew in their graves?

– Why do vampires strike in autumn?

– Why do ghosts live in electric clocks?

A gory talk full of the unexpected, it’s a round-up of the folklore of the macabre.

Deborah has been writing about the supernatural for nearly two decades. She blogs on ‘Superstition, Religion and Being Human’ as ‘Jourdemayne’ but often suffers from mission creep. She’s also one of the organisers of Westminster Skeptics and is Editor-in-Chief of the Skeptic Magazine. Her daytime, grown-up job is a makeup effects coordinator in the film industry… more vampires and zombies, then!

Skeptic Open Mic Night

Take to the stage and share your thoughts!

Who: You?
When: Tuesday, September 20 2011 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

We’re opening the stage up to our audience for our social event in September!

Have you ever had to bite your tongue about something so that you wouldn’t offend those around you who aren’t as skeptical of things as you are? Have you ever had a question you couldn’t openly discuss with your family because it conflicts with their beliefs?

We’ve all been there – whether the topic is religion, alt med, paranormal beliefs or political thoughts and ideas. Be silent no longer, for Bath Skeptics has a solution! We will be hosting a ‘skeptical open mic night’ where audience members can take the microphone for five to ten minutes to discuss a skeptical subject they feel passionate about, share their ideas, or to ask their questions to an open audience for feedback.

Think of it as one huge discussion about the things that matter to you with like minded people, in the relaxed atmosphere of a pub.

Entry is FREE!

Breaking the Crop Circle

Who: Trystan Swale
When: Wednesday, July 13 2011 at 7:30PM
Where: The West Gate, 38 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EL

Almost twenty years after two English pranksters admitted to beginning the modern crop circle phenomenon, popular belief in a paranormal explanation remains puzzlingly high. Drawing from the time he continues to spend studying the subject, Trystan offers an insight into the bad science, poor reasoning and denialism of those who still choose to believe.

Co-host and founder of the popular Righteous Indignation podcast, Trystan Swale spent six years actively investigating Fortean phenomena with various groups in the south west of England. Emerging with little more than a headache and plenty of regrets he has since entertained, amused and enraged a wide range of audiences with his forthright views on the paranormal.

Entry to Bath Skeptics events is based on a suggested donation of £3. All donations help fund speakers travel costs and allow the comittee to bring in speakers from further afield for future events.

 

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