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 (£4.00 for festival events) 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.

Part of the Eastbourne Festival

Edzard Ernst

When?
Wednesday, July 8 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Devonshire Park,
College Road,
Eastbourne,
East Sussex
BN21 4JJ

Who?
Edzard Ernst

What's the talk about?

Please note that this talk is at the Towner Gallery, and starts at 7.30pm.

The cafe in The Towner  will be open for pre-talk drinks and bar snacks from 6pm onwards.

'A SCIENTIST IN WONDERLAND' is the story of my life as a doctor and a scientist. Despite a youthful ambition to become a jazz musician, I eventually studied medicine and became first a clinician and then a medical research scientist, taking up professorships in Germany, Austria and finally in England. My reverence for the pursuit of truth through the application of the scientific method, coupled with a growing interest in the history of medicine during the Nazi era, did not always endear me to my peers. In 1993, when I was I was appointed to the world's first chair in complementary medicine, this was an area that had rarely been studied systematically, and was almost entirely dominated by evangelic promoters of quackery - among them, famously, HRH Prince Charles. Many of  these enthusiasts exhibited an overtly hostile, anti-scientific attitude towards the objective study of their therapies. Clashes were inevitable, but the sheer ferocity with which advocates of alternative medicine would pursue their aims came as a profound surprise. My memoir provides a personal insight into the cutthroat politics of academic life and offers a sobering reflection on the damage already done by pseudoscience.

There will be copies of his latest book for sale, "A Scientist in Wonderland" for £7.50.

About the speaker:

Edzard Ernst is an academic physician and researcher specializing in the study of complementary and alternative medicine.

He was appointed Professor of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter, the first such academic position in the world.

He served as chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Vienna but left this position in 1993 to set up the department of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter.

He became director of complementary medicine of the Peninsula Medical School in 2002. Ernst was the first occupant of the Laing chair in Complementary Medicine, retiring in 2011.

Edzard's writing appeared in a regular column in The Guardian where he reviewed news stories about complementary medicine from an evidence based perspective. Since his research began he has been seen as "the scourge of alternative medicine" for publishing critical research that exposes methods that lack documentation of efficacy.

Part of the Eastbourne Festival

Michael Fish

When?
Thursday, July 16 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Michael Fish

What's the talk about?

The face of BBC weather for many years will be talking about how the climate has changed in the past, and how we predict it will change in the future. He may also mention "that" storm at some point.


The speaker:


Schooled at Eastbourne College and City University London, Michael Fish is the longest serving broadcast meteorologist on British television (and probably the world). He joined the Met Office in 1962 and started on BBC Radio in 1971. He took up the role on television in 1974


He was awarded the MBE in 2004 for services to broadcasting. He also holds Honorary Doctorates of Science from both Exeter and City Universities as well as the Freedom of the City of London.


He has recently resumed forecasting on BBC South East Today, providing holiday cover for the regular forecaster and has also taken to acting. He is a Patron of numerous organisations and charities.

Part of the Eastbourne Festival

Iszi Lawrence

When?
Thursday, July 23 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Iszi Lawrence

What's the talk about?

With great regret Nessa has had to cancel her talk. Stepping into the breach is Iszi Lawrence with her new show. Thank you Iszi.

Skeptic, comedian and voice of the Skeptics Guide To The Universe, Iszi Lawrence is at Eastbourne Sceptics in the Pub with her new show The Z List Dead List. The Z List Dead List is a live comedy show about obscure people from History. As a skeptic, Iszi has found a few that will peak your interest. Expect woo, violence, sex and death. And a competition.

The show is also a podcast with guest interviews from Jon Ronson, Griff Rhys Jones, Natalie Haynes, Neil Denny, Richard Herring etc. You can find it on iTunes here: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-z-list-dead-list/id915778702?mt=2 or go to the website www.zlistdeadlist.com

 

 

When?
Wednesday, August 19 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
John Sweeney

What's the talk about?

Tom Cruise and John Travolta say the Church of Scientology is a force for good. Others disagree. Award-winning journalist John Sweeney investigated the Church for more than half a decade. During that time he was intimidated, spied on and followed and the results were spectacular: Sweeney lost his temper with the Church’s spokesman on camera and his infamous ‘exploding tomato’ clip was seen by millions around the world.

John Sweeney tells the story of his experiences for the first time and paints a devastating picture of this strange organisation, from former Scientologists who tell heartbreaking stories of families torn apart and lives ruined to its current followers who say it is the solution to many of mankind’s problems.