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.

STOP PRESS

For the duration of the BBC series "Bang goes the Theory", Sceptics events will be listed on the BBC activities website. See the relevant link for each individual talk.

Helena Cronin

When?
Wednesday, July 30 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Helena Cronin

What's the talk about?

We are very fortunate this month to have Helena Cronin come and talk to us.

Helena  is a noted Darwinian philosopher and rationalist. She is the co-director of the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics. She achieved prominence with her book, The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today (1991) which was chosen as one of the best science books of the year by Nature. She continues to publish and broadcast widely.

In 1995 she launched the Darwin@LSE programme which rapidly became established as a world-renowned focus for Darwinian ideas and helped to place Darwinian theory on the intellectual agenda. The programme explores recent developments in evolutionary thinking, in particular what evolutionary theory can tell us about human nature - understanding our bodies, brains, minds, behaviour and aspects of culture as the products of adaptations evolved by natural selection.

Her research interests include an evolutionary understanding of sex differences; methodological problems of evolutionary theory, particularly in its application to our own species; and how Darwinian theory can inform policy. In July 2001 she was one of the signatories to a letter published in The Independent which urged the Government to reconsider its support for the expansion of maintained religious schools. She was one of the 43 scientists and philosophers who in March 2002 signed a letter to Tony Blair and relevant Government departments, deploring the teaching of Creationism in schools. She was also one of the signatories to a letter supporting a holiday on Charles’ Darwin’s birthday, published in The Times on February 12, 2003, and also sent to the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary.

 

Dr Catherine Sebastian

When?
Wednesday, August 20 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Dr Catherine Sebastian

What's the talk about?

The term 'teenager' is a 20th Century invention, but conceptions of adolescence as a time of emotional upheaval, peer influence and risk-taking can be found throughout history. Recent brain imaging evidence suggests that this might not just be down to 'hormones', as considerable brain development is still taking place during the teenage years. I will start by describing the changes occurring in the brain during this time, and will then talk about how brain development may influence behaviour. I would like to explore the idea that, while adolescence may be a time of vulnerability to mood and behaviour problems, it is also an exciting opportunity for learning and developing adult capacities. How can we best take advantage of this opportunity?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dr Catherine Sebastian is a Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she directs the Emotion, Development and Brain Lab. She is interested in how young people learn to regulate or control their emotions, how brain development may contribute to this process, and how this ability relates to wellbeing and mental health.

More info can be found here: www.pc.rhul.ac.uk/sites/edbl/