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.

To find out more about us please read the About Us page. And if you're not sure what a skeptic is then cast your eyes over the What's a Skeptic page.

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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Any help you can give us in spreading the word is greatly appreciated.

George Thomas

When?
Monday, July 23 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
George Thomas

What's the talk about?

George will talk about the identification, prevalence and presentation of autism illustrated by stories from his own experience. We can consider the controversies: deficient or different? Nature or nurture? We will look at successful people with autism and consider what life is like for many.

George worked in autism education between the years of 1996 and 2016. He has worked in schools and with Local Authorities in an advisory capacity within Leicester City and Leicestershire, representing the interests of parent and children with autism in many different forums and in schools around the country. Towards the close of his work with Leicestershire LA, George became interested in developing provision for children who were either excluded from school or unable to attend by virtue of their anxiety. He set up an ‘education otherwise than at school’ programme to help the authority meet its responsibilities to this vulnerable group. Since 2001, George has been a Regional Tutor on the autism courses provided by the University of Birmingham. In 2013 he retired from his post as Service manager of Leicestershire’s Autism Outreach Service to develop his own consultancy providing training in Autism throughout the country.

Juliet Wakefield

When?
Monday, August 20 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Juliet Wakefield

What's the talk about?

PLEASE NOTE THIS TALK IS ON THE 3RD MONDAY OF THE MONTH INSTEAD OF THE 4TH

We are constantly told by the media and health professionals that we should stop smoking, drink less, get our '5 a day' and exercise regularly. But how often are we told about the importance of our social life? Lacking important social groups can be as bad for us as smoking, yet it is an aspect of our heath that we so rarely consider. In this talk Dr. Juliet Wakefield will discuss the idea of the 'Social Cure', present some of her own research on the topic, and consider how we can unlock its positive effects in our own lives .

Juliet Wakefield is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Her research focuses on the impact of group memberships on people's everyday lives. In addition to exploring the impact of groups on health and wellbeing, she investigates intergroup / intragroup helping and help-seeking, gender identity, national identity, and online identities.

Kate Davison

When?
Monday, September 24 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Kate Davison

What's the talk about?

What can historians learn from old jokes? They might not be the most obvious subject of academic inquiry, but in recent years the history of humour has become a vibrant field of research. If you take Aristotle’s word for it, laughter is fundamental to human experience - people have always laughed; yet, the things we think it acceptable to laugh at, and how that laughter is thought about, tolerated or suppressed, have varied considerably with time, place and culture. This has compelling possibilities for historians. The talk will use the example of eighteenth-century Britain - a period brimming with bawdy jest books and a surfeit of satirical texts and images - to consider what the laughter of the past can tell us about the sensibilities, values and interests of those who lived through it.

Kate Davison has been a lecturer in the History Department at the University of Sheffield since 2017; before that she taught at the University of Oxford, and carried out her own research and study at the universities of Cambridge, Exeter and Sheffield. Her work focuses in particular on Britain c.1650-1800 and this talk will draw on material from the book she is currently working on.

Tony Harcup

When?
Monday, October 22 2018 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Tony Harcup

What's the talk about?

Tony Harcup will draw on his experience as a journalist and as a journalism academic to explore the good, the bad and the ugly of news reporting. At a time when the traditional journalism industries are under existential threat, yet stories whiz around us all the time, his talk will focus on the enduring value of properly researched news.

Tony currently teaches journalism studies at the University of Sheffield and is the author of the Oxford Dictionary of Journalism. Before moving into higher education he worked as a staff and freelance journalist in both alternative and mainstream media, mostly in Yorkshire. His research interests include news values, alternative journalism and ethics, and his book Journalism: Principles and Practice has been translated into several languages including Chinese, Polish and Korean.

Agata Debowska

When?
Monday, November 26 2018 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
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South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Agata Debowska

What's the talk about?

Psychopathy is one of the oldest known mental disorders. Although the concept of psychopathy is of interest to many researchers and practitioners, an agreed definition of the disorder does not exist. More specifically, as long as researchers tend to agree that psychopaths are characterised by callous affect, lack of empathy, and manipulativeness, the inclusion of criminal and antisocial behaviour as a fundamental component of the disorder is highly controversial. In this talk, Dr Agata Debowska will discuss the concept of psychopathy, introduce the newly developed Psychopathic Personality Traits Model (PPTM), and present some of her research findings on measuring and profiling psychopathic traits among forensic and non-forensic populations.

Dr Agata Debowska is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sheffield. Her current research interests and publications focus predominantly on child abuse and neglect, gender-based violence, psychopathy, criminal social identity, and prisonization. She has published extensively and presented her research findings at international public lectures and conferences. Agata is an Associate Editor in Frontiers in Psychology (Forensic and Legal Psychology section) and a member of the None in Three (Ni3) Research Centre.

Nasrin Nasr

When?
Monday, December 17 2018 at 7:30PM

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South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Nasrin Nasr

What's the talk about?

NOTE: THIS IS ON THE 3RD MONDAY OF THE MONTH NOT THE USUAL 4TH MONDAY.

Nasrin conducts interdisciplinary research to design, develop and evaluate health technologies and health services for long-term conditions. This type of research involves working with researchers and professionals from a range of backgrounds and disciplines as well as involvement of patients and their families.

Patients are expert and active participants in their own health who have knowledge and practical skills borne out of their experiences of living with a long-term condition. Nasrin uses Narrative inquiry to create life stories. Knowledge grounded in personal life stories enriches our understanding of the impact of long-term conditions on people’s lives and subsequently informs the design of interventions and provision of health services. In this talk, Nasrin will use a few published examples to elaborate on this research methodology.

Dr Nasrin Nasr: (Research Fellow, ScHARR, University of Sheffield). Nasrin is a physiotherapist by background and has a DPhil in Health and Social Sciences. Her main research interest and experience is examining the narrative of change demonstrating how people redefine their life stories during the trajectory of a long-term condition. Overall, her research involves the development and evaluation of complex health interventions with focus on health care technologies. She has 10 years post-doctoral research experience in the area of technology design and development where she has applied a hybrid of qualitative and User-centred design methods to design, develop and evaluate home-based assistive technologies for the self-management of long-term conditions. She also applies innovative evaluation methods for complex health and social settings to evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions as well as to explore how, why and in what circumstances the interventions work.

Nasrin’s other roles includes Module lead for ‘Complex Evaluation Methods’ (Masters in Clinical Research); lead for Short Courses: Real World Evaluation, and Experiential Research Approaches (ERA): (ScHARR)