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.

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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.

Dr Neil Harrison

When?
Wednesday, October 29 2014 at 8:00PM

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1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Dr Neil Harrison

What's the talk about?

  Why do we feel the way we feel? Do our thoughts and emotions affect our health? The relatively new fields of Psychoneuroimmunology and Emotional Neuroscience try to answer these questions.

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.

Our speaker, Dr Neil Harrison is Reader in Neuropsychiatry at The Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

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

Professor Johnjoe McFadden

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

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1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Professor Johnjoe McFadden

What's the talk about?

Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation?

 

Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on how evolution works, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of life's dynamics. Bringing together first-hand experience of science at the cutting edge with unparalleled gifts of exposition and explanation, Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal the hitherto missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics and the strange phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences. Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, they show how photosynthesis relies on subatomic particles existing in many places at once, while inside enzymes, those workhorses of life that make every molecule within our cells, particles vanish from one point in space and instantly materialize in another.

 

Each chapter in Life on the Edge opens with an engaging example that illustrates one of life’s puzzles – How do migrating birds know where to go? How do we really smell the scent of a rose? How do our genes manage to copy themselves with such precision? – and then reveals how quantum mechanics delivers its answer. Guiding the reader through the maze of rapidly unfolding discovery, Al-Khalili and McFadden communicate vividly the excitement of this explosive new field of quantum biology, with its potentially revolutionary applications, and also offer insights into the biggest puzzle of all: what is life? As they brilliantly demonstrate here, life lives on the quantum edge.

About the speaker:

Professor Johnjoe McFadden is Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Surrey and is the editor of leading text books on both molecular biology and systems biology of tuberculosis. For over a decade, he has specialised in examining tuberculosis and meningitis, inventing the first successful molecular test for the latter. He is the author of Quantum Evolution and co-editor of Human Nature: Fact and Fiction and writes for the Guardian on topics including GM crops, psychedelic drugs and quantum mechanics.

There is more information about quantum biology at these links:

www.ias.surrey.ac.uk/workshops/quantumbiology/

www.societyofbiology.org/biologist/158-biologist/features/541-making-the-quantum-leap

www.randomhouse.co.uk/editions/quantum-life/9780593069318

 

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

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1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
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