Welcome to Skeptics in the Pub, Sheffield. Skeptics in the Pub is about getting people together to have a relaxed and enjoyable evening while listening to talks given in a friendly manner on a wide range of topics.

The talks usually start at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm - press the buzzer to be let in) and we hold them at the Farm Road Sports & Social Club.

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The events are free though we do ask for a £3 donation to cover the speakers expenses and other costs.

All upcoming events are listed below and the meetings are open to all whatever your beliefs and views so please, come along.

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Promoting Vulnerability or Building Resilience

Kathryn Ecclestone

When?
Monday, February 23 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Kathryn Ecclestone

What's the talk about?

In this talk, Kathryn will discuss the rise of ‘well-being’ interventions in education and whether these promote vulnerability or build resilience.

Kathryn began her career in education with unemployed 16-19 year olds in the late 1970s before moving into further education to work with adults on Access to Higher Education programmes, young people on vocational courses and teacher training programmes for adult and further education.  Her current research and publications explore the ways in which growing concern about ‘emotional well-being’, ‘resilience’ and  ‘vulnerability’ have encouraged ideas and practices from therapy, counselling and psychology to permeate all areas of education, with profound changes on the teacher/academic/student relationship, teaching, assessment and support systems. 

She has published numerous journal and media articles, books and chapters in books, including The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education (co-authored with Dennis Hayes) in 2009 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dangerous-Rise-Therapeutic-Education-Teaching-ebook/dp/B0028G99IS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406809225&sr=8-1&keywords=kathryn+ecclestone

Her latest book is Emotional Well-Being in Policy and Practice. Emotional well-being in policy and practice: interdisciplinary perspectives, London:Routledge

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Emotional-Well-Being-Educational-Policy-Practice/dp/0415728495/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1406809225&sr=8-10&keywords=kathryn+ecclestone

Myles Power

When?
Monday, March 23 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Myles Power

What's the talk about?

In the early days of the AIDS epidemic many bizarre and dangerous ideas were advanced regarding the origin of the disease and its cause. Since the discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) these conspiracy theories, which once filled the void left by the lack of information, have all but vanished. Over the past three decades HIV has been the subject of intense scientific research which has resulted in effective treatments, rapid HIV tests, and promising cures. Yet unbelievably there are a small number of people who are sceptical of the “official story”. Although these people are small in numbers they are extremely well funded and can pose a very real threat to public health. Many have chosen to spend their money on spreading their harmful theories, defend people who have irresponsibly infected their partners, and funded the documentary House of Numbers.

The documentary encourages people to come off their medication, tells them that HIV tests don’t work, and that anti-viral drugs such as AZT are the real cause of AIDS. To do this the makers of the documentary make liberal use of out-of-context quotations from scientists interviewed for the film, deceitful editing techniques, and flat out lies. Myles has dedicated a large amount of time to exposing some of the more insidious claims in the documentary. In response there have been multiple Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violation claims filed against him in an attempt to silence his criticism. They also published his personal information as well as his employ contact details and promoted people to contact them.

In his talk Myles discusses some examples of the dangerous assertions in the documentary and explain how they have led to the death and suffering of hundreds of thousands of people. He will also talk about the failure of the DMCA and how it can be exploited by the proponents of pseudoscience.

Dr. Michael Sutton

When?
Monday, May 25 2015 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Dr. Michael Sutton

What's the talk about?

Patrick Matthew is generally acknowledged as the originator of the theory of natural selection. He published his discovery of  ‘the natural process of selection’ in a book entitled  ‘On Naval and Timber and Arboriculture’ in 1831, which is 27 years before Charles Darwin’s and Alfred Wallace’s papers were read before the Linnean Society in 1858.

The current consensus is that Darwin and Wallace each discovered natural selection independently of Matthew and independently of one another. Moreover, Darwin is hailed as the immortal great thinker on the subject of evolution, because he alone is recognised as first to take his own discovery of the theory of natural selection forward, with many confirmatory evidences, convincing others of its veracity and importance.

In this talk, Mike Sutton will challenge this orthodox view with brand new and independently verifiable evidence, that he uniquely discovered with newly available ‘big data’ research methods, to prove that, pre-1858, Matthew’s 1831 book was read by at least 24 people because they actually cited it in the published literature. Importantly, Mike reveals that at least seven who cited Matthew’s book were naturalists. Most importantly of all, he focuses upon the fact that three of only seven naturalists now known to have cited Matthew’s book were at the very epicentre of influence on Darwin’s and Wallace’s researches. Moreover, two of those three were personal associates and correspondents of Darwin and Wallace. He will show why he believes that Matthew, not Darwin, should now be celebrated as the only independent solver of the problem of species.

Finally, for our sceptical consideration and debate Mike will ask us to think sceptically about whether or not it is a mere tri-coincidence, improbable beyond rational belief, that three out of only seven naturalists known to have cited Matthew’s prior-published book before 1858, containing the full hypothesis of natural selection, played such pivotal roles at the very epicentre of influence and facilitation of Darwin’s and Wallace’s published work on natural selection.’ In other words, is it now more likely than not that Matthew is the sole independent discoverer of the full and complete process of natural selection?

Dr Michael "Mike", Sutton is author of ‘Nullius in Verba: Darwin’s greatest secret’.

Dr Michael "Mike" Sutton is Reader in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University (UK), where he teaches Hi Tech Crime and also Crime Reduction and Community Safety. Before that he worked for 14 years as a senior researcher in the Policing and reducing Crime Unit in the Home Office in London. Mike is the originator of the Market Reduction Approach (MRA) to theft and co-founder and Chief Editor of the open access Internet Journal of Criminology. He is a winner of the British Journal of Criminology Prize for virtual ethnographic research into a pan-European hacking group.