Welcome to Eastbourne Sceptics in the Pub.

At Sceptics in the Pub local and national experts in their field present and then discuss a topic in a friendly and relaxed environment...a pub!

The common theme for all the talks is scepticism (or skepticism if you prefer), which in broad terms means bringing a scientific, evidence based approach to examine common beliefs and misconceptions. You can find out more about skeptics here.

Tickets

We charge £3.00  for tickets to cover running costs and speakers travel expenses. Tickets go on sale online (with an additional booking fee) a few weeks before the next event  or may be purchased at the door on the night.

We hope you will come and have a drink with us.

Ed Atkinson and Guy Tanner

When?
Wednesday, May 24 2017 at 8:00PM

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Where?

1 Grove Rd,
Eastbourne,
East Sussex,
BN21 4TL

Who?
Ed Atkinson and Guy Tanner

What's the talk about?

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The first talk at our new permanent venue. The Underground Theatre is located under Eastbourne Library.

Burning carbon must be driven from our cheap-energy economy on a global scale - and soon - to stop a looming disaster. But is there a workable way to drive out Carbon? If nations, corporations or individuals ‘do the right thing’ and burn less carbon won’t that just make coal, oil and gas cheaper for everyone else? Just how cheap does installing new solar need to be to make it cheaper than turning on the valves in the Saudi oil fields? 

It is easy to lose hope that change is possible, especially in Trump-World. The USA is the key to change and a group originating in the US 'Citizens Climate Lobby’ (CCL) is doing well there (even with some Republicans). They advocate a policy of a Carbon Fee which is all used to make a Dividend to the populace, thus making for a policy that is effective and politically attractive (most people are made better off). There really is hope. 

In this talk representatives from CCL, Guy Tanner and Ed Atkinson, will outline the policy options and their merits. They’ll include Cap & Trade, subsidising renewables and efficiency measures, divestment, Carbon Taxes and its variant the CCL policy of Carbon Fee and Dividend. Guy and Ed will be delighted to get awkward questions on these policy issues leading to discussion in the SitP group. The science of climate change will not be covered.

 

 

Professor Karen Douglas

When?
Wednesday, June 21 2017 at 8:00PM

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Where?

1 Grove Rd,
Eastbourne,
East Sussex,
BN21 4TL

Who?
Professor Karen Douglas

What's the talk about?

Was 9/11 an inside job? Is climate change a hoax? Was Princess Diana murdered? Millions of people appear to think so, disbelieving official explanations for significant events in favour of alternative accounts that are often called ‘conspiracy theories’. In recent years, psychologists have begun to investigate what makes conspiracy theories appealing to so many people. In this talk, Karen will broadly overview what is known so far, and will outline her own programme of research on the causes and consequences of belief in conspiracy theories.‚Äč

Professor Karen Douglas is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent.