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.

You can also join our Facebook group here and follow our Twitter feed. We also have a Meetup page here.

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

Agata Debowska

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

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
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.

Chris French

When?
Friday, December 14 2018 at 7:00PM

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Where?

Charles Street
12.0.06
Sheffield

Who?
Chris French

What's the talk about?

NOTE: This is being held in co-operation with Sheffield Hallam Student's Humanist Society and is in addition to our normal talk in December.

ALSO NOTE: The venue for this event is at the University - the Dorothy Fleming Lecture Theatre and starts at 7pm.

Professor Chris French, Goldsmiths University will give a talk on the psychology of ghosts and hauntings.

Opinion polls repeatedly show relatively high levels of belief in ghosts even in modern Western societies. Furthermore, a sizeable minority of the population claim to have personally encountered a ghost. This talk will consider a number of factors that may lead people to claim that they have experienced a ghost even though they may not in fact have done so. Topics covered will include hoaxes, sincere misinterpretation of natural phenomena, hallucinatory experiences and pareidolia (seeing things that are not there), the fallibility of eyewitness testimony, the possible role of complex electromagnetic fields and infrasound, photographic evidence, EVP, and the role of the media.

Nasrin Nasr

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

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
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)

Rotting corpses, and what we can learn from them

Anna Williams

When?
Monday, January 21 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Anna Williams

What's the talk about?

This highly illustrated talk (graphic images) describes the unique outdoor forensic laboratories known colloquially as 'Body Farms' in the USA and Australia, and discusses how the research that has been conducted at them has helped criminal investigations. It details how there isn't a similar facility in the UK or Europe, and explores the reasons for and against them, and discusses public opinion towards them, in order to stimulate healthy debate. 

Dr Anna Williams is Principal Enterprise Fellow in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Huddersfield. She read Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford University, and specialised in Forensic Anthropology through a Masters, PhD and lots of casework. She's an expert in forensic osteology (bones) and decomposition. She has appeared on TV and radio discussing anthropology and forensic science. She was a 2014 British Science Association Media Fellow for New Scientist.

You can find out more about Dr Anna Williams and body farms below:

Twitter: @Bonegella and @HTF_4_UK

Website: http://htf4uk.blogspot.com/

Chris French

When?
Monday, March 18 2019 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Chris French

What's the talk about?

This talk will describe my experience of taking part in a documentary investigating reincarnation claims amongst the Druse in Lebanon. The Druse are a religious sect for whom reincarnation is a central belief. The general conceptual problems with reincarnation will be outlined as will the specific problems associated with the Druse version. Case histories that were featured in the documentary are presented and discussed.

A plausible alternative (non-paranormal) explanation for apparent past-life memories is outlined. It is argued that, regardless of the truth of such beliefs, believing in reincarnation has been beneficial for the Druse.

Professor Chris French is Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit in the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and a Patron of the British Humanist Association. He is a member of the Scientific and Professional Advisory Board of the British False Memory Society. He has published over 150 articles and chapters covering a wide range of topics within psychology. His main area of research is the psychology of paranormal beliefs and anomalous experiences. He writes for the Guardian and The Skeptic magazine. His most recent books are Anomalistic Psychology, co-authored with Nicola Holt, Christine Simmonds-Moore, and David Luke (2012, Palgrave Macmillan), and Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience, co-authored with Anna Stone (2014, Palgrave Macmillan).

Charlotte Hardman

When?
Monday, April 15 2019 at 7:30PM

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Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Charlotte Hardman

What's the talk about?

Why is it so difficult to stop eating the chocolates even though we’re full? A popular idea is that certain foods like chocolate are addictive and that “food addiction” explains why so many people are overweight.

But does food really have the same effects on the mind and body as hard drugs? Or is food addiction simply a myth or an excuse for over-eating? To answer these questions, Charlotte will talk about the latest scientific research on food and addiction with a particular focus on the role of psychology. She will consider the similarities but also the key differences between eating and substance use disorders.

Dr Charlotte Hardman is a lecturer in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. Her research examines the factors which influence appetite, eating and food preferences and she has worked in this area for more than 15 years, including designing and testing interventions to change eating behaviour. She has a PhD in Psychology and has published over 40 scientific papers in prestigious journals including Nature Reviews Endocrinology and the International Journal of Obesity.

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