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, Farm Rd, Sheffield S2 2TP. 

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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The inside story of science's biggest controversies

Fiona Fox

When?
Monday, July 18 2022 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Fiona Fox

What's the talk about?

MMR, Climategate, Frankenstein foods and ‘babies with 3 parents’ … science stories have made headlines over the last few decades, often for the wrong reasons.  For years, science and media seemed to be opposing camps and many scientists actively resisted talking to the media. Would the two never meet? 

Founding director of the Science Media Centre, Britain's independent science press office, Fiona argues that  a lot has changed since then. Covid has demonstrated how scientists have indeed stepped up to the plate and the status of science journalists has risen inside newsrooms with editors recognizing the importance of getting the science right.  Fiona argues that the groundwork for these positive changes had been laid over many years and through a series of controversial stories including animal research, human animal embryos and GM crops.

In her book  Beyond the Hype, Fox shines a light on the truth behind some of the headline-grabbing stories of the last two decades.  From global emergencies like Covid-19 and Fukushima to the shaming of Tim Hunt, she reveals the highs and lows of each media controversy and shows us how more scientists engaging openly has transformed the way science is reported. But, Fiona argues, not everything has moved in the right direction.

Fiona has received many accolades for her services to science, including an OBE and honorary fellowships of the Academy of Medical Science, the Royal Society of Biology and the British Pharmacology Society, and a special award for promoting openness in animal research.  She has a blog on science and the media and writes for science publications and other media.

How the Way We Feel Built the World We Know

Richard Firth-Godbehere

When?
Monday, August 22 2022 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Richard Firth-Godbehere

What's the talk about?

We like to think of humans as rational creatures, who have relied on calculation and intellect to survive. But many of the most important moments in our history had little to do with cold, hard facts and a lot to do with feelings. In this talk, Richard focuses on disgust as he draws on psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, art, and history. He vividly delves into what we currently think emotions are, illustrates how our understanding and experience of emotions has changed over time, and how our beliefs about feelings profoundly shaped us and the world we inhabit.

Richard Firth-Godbehere, PhD, is one of the world’s leading experts on disgust and emotions. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of the Emotions, Queen Mary University of London. He received a first-class degree from the University of London, during which time he won two awards for academic excellence, alongside a Masters (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London, where he was a Wellcome Trust Scholar. 

His award-winning interdisciplinary research walks the line between history, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and futurism. He examines how understandings of emotions change over time and space, and how these changes can influence the wider world. Already translated into twenty-two languages, Richard's latest book, 'A Human History of Emotion: How the Way We Feel Built the World We Know, is available from all good book shops.