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.

Clive Bates

When?
Wednesday, March 25 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Clive Bates

What's the talk about?

With cigarettes killing 100 million in the 20th Century and as many as 1 billion in the 21st Century on current trends, why is there so much resistance to e-cigarettes and vaping, an alternative to smoking that is at least 95% less risky, and may not be harmful at all? This talk will explore why 'harm reduction' is always controversial, examine the role of academic publishing and alarmist media reporting, and probe the underlying motives and incentives of public health organisations.


About the speaker:

Clive Bates runs the 'Counterfactual' a consultancy and advocacy practice with a widely read blog on tobacco (www.clivebates.com). He is a former senior civil servant (2003-2012) and former Director of Action on Smoking and Health (1997-2003). He has no competing interests with respect to tobacco industry, pharmaceutical industry or e-cigarette industry.

Part of the Eastbourne Festival

Edzard Ernst

When?
Wednesday, July 8 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

1 Grange Road
Eastbourne
BN21 4EU

Who?
Edzard Ernst

What's the talk about?

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.