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.

When?
Wednesday, May 13 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Andy Lewis

What's the talk about?

Andy Lewis is the founder of The Quackometer:

The quackometer is a project based around the automation of debunking quack medicine on the web. The web is full of pages supporting dubious medical claims and inflated capabilities for cures. The freedom that the web gives us to express our views, entertain and do business also gives quacks a way to make a living by promoting nonsense treatments to unsuspecting people. Spotting these web sites appears to be easy when you know what to look out for. If it is that easy, can the process be automated? The quackometer project intends to find out.

(no earpieces are used in this event)

Ash Pryce

When?
Tuesday, June 16 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born. This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication.

Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry this fun show has regularly packed venues at the Edinburgh fringe.


Spirit Slates
Spirit Communication
Stopped Pulses
Spewing ectoplasm
And more...


Ash Pryce is a performer, director and occassional magician based in Scotland.  He has written and staged several skeptically themed shows looking at myths & legends, ghosts, psychics and mediumship as well as producing full plays ranging from Faustus to more contemporary original shows in Edinburgh.  He is the founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, the newly started History in the Pub Edinburgh, and runs what is believed to be the worlds first skeptical ghost tour every Fringe.  He lives just outside of Edinburgh with his three Degus, one of which holds a grudge against him.

 

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.

Prof Ernst will talk about research in alternative medicine. He has conducted research in this field for 20 years and will provide thought-provoking insights into his results, experiences and conclusions. He co-authored the best selling book "Trick or Treatment" along with Simon Singh, which critically examined the claims of homeopathy and chiropractic manipulation.

There are more details here: www.trickortreatment.com/

Reviews of the book include: Sunday Times "Fearless, intelligent and remorselessly rational, the authors exemplify the same Enlightenment spirit of criticism that animated The Lancet in its early days."

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

Nessa Carey

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

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Where?

1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Nessa Carey

What's the talk about?

Nessa makes a welcome return to Eastbourne Sceptics for the festival to show us that there is much more to "junk" DNA than the name suggests.


The Speaker:

Nessa Carey has a virology PhD from the University of Edinburgh and is a former Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology at Imperial College, London. She has worked in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry for ten years. She lives in Bedfordshire.