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.

Slavoj Zizek and Sophie Fiennes

When?
Wednesday, October 1 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Slavoj Zizek and Sophie Fiennes

What's the talk about?

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE due to the venue double booking us.

Tonight we have a Sceptics first. We are showing a film! In traditional Sceptics manner we will have a break about half way through to refresh our glasses.

Please note that this is a certificate 15 film. It contains very strong language, strong violence, nudity and sex references. The film has a running time of 130 mins, we expect to finish at around 22.30.

We are responsible for our dreams. This is the ultimate lesson of psychoanalysis - and fiction cinema.

The makers of THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO CINEMA

return with THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY

Philosopher Slavoj Zizek and filmmaker Sophie Fiennes use their interpretation of moving pictures to present a compelling cinematic journey into the heart of ideology- the dreams and beliefs that shape our common practices.

Widely acclaimed as one of the most original thinkers of our time, Slavoj Žižek is a dialectical-materialist philosopher. He is the author of more than fifty books on diverse subjects ranging from opera to religion, film, and the war in Iraq.

He has taught at universities including Paris, London, Columbia, Chicago, Duke, Princeton and the New School in New York. He currently holds a post at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana and is Co-Director of the International Centre for Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London. He contributes articles to the Guardian, London Review of Books, and Le Monde (France) and his latest books are LESS THAN NOTHING: HEGEL AND THE SHADOW OF DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM and THE YEAR OF DREAMING DANGEROUSLY both published by Verso in May 2012 and this coming October respectively.

Sophie Fiennes began making films in 1998. She is widely acclaimed for her unique observational eye and strong sense of cinematic form. Fiennes often employs a collaborative approach to filmmaking. Her films therefore also act as powerful portraits of some of today's most iconic individuals.

Dr Neil Harrison

When?
Thursday, October 23 2014 at 8:00PM

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1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Dr Neil Harrison

What's the talk about?

Work in the laboratory focuses on understanding how infection or inflammation in the body interacts with the brain to produce changes in emotion, cognition, behaviour and social functioning known as 'sickness behaviours'. Perhaps, even without realising it, we are all familiar with sickness behaviours as these are the symptoms of fatigue, lowering of mood, apathy and difficulty remembering or concentrating that we all experience when we develop the flu or any other infection.

Fortunately, for most of us these symptoms are usually short lived and relatively mild. However, when the immune system is activated for long periods, such as in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, they can become extremely debilitating or even life-threatening. In addition to their role in these classical inflammatory diseases, immune influences on the brain are increasingly implicated in the cause of common mental illnesses like depression, chronic fatigue and Alzheimer disease.

Our research is motivated by a desire to identify the neural basis of sickness behaviours. Understanding how the immune system interacts with the brain is a crucial first step that will form the foundations for future development of novel therapies targeting these common and disabling symptoms.

 www.bsms.ac.uk/research/our-researchers/neil-harrison/

When?
Wednesday, November 19 2014 at 8:00PM

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When?
Wednesday, December 17 2014 at 8:00PM

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