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.

Why should we care if our friends are similar to us?

Katherine Woolf

When?
Monday, June 27 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Katherine Woolf

What's the talk about?

Do you find yourself making friends with people like you? Katherine Woolf draws on her often controversial research to explore why this happens, and its impact on success and injustice. Discover how you can challenge the status quo to create a fairer, more integrated, more successful society.

Dr Katherine Woolf is a Senior Lecturer and academic psychologist working at UCL Medical School finding out what makes people – especially doctors – do really well or really badly. Her work focusses on how and why ethnicity and gender influence success, and how we can use this knowledge to improve fairness and equality. She has recently been discovering how our choice of friends can make a big difference to our success.

Nick Read

When?
Monday, July 25 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Nick Read

What's the talk about?

The history of medicine over the last 100 years has been nothing short of miraculous. The diseases that used to kill millions, smallpox, tuberculosis, typhoid, typhus, cholera, pneumonia have all but disappeared. Doctors have effective treatments for heart failure, diabetes, renal failure, liver failure, colitis, coeliac disease, and many other long term conditions. They can prevent heart attacks, strokes, treat Parkinson’s Disease and arrest the course of many different cancers. People are living far longer; eighty is the new sixty.

We have come a long way and might be forgiven for thinking that human disease will soon become a historical curiosity, a thing of the past. Yet why is it that nearly twice as many people harbour long term illnesses now than they did 40 years ago. Obesity, food intolerance, the Irritable Bowel, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Dementia, auto-immune disease, allergy are so much more common that they used to be; some were unknown 40 years ago. Modern medicine has failed to keep up with the long march of poorly explained illnesses; the 40% of the population that are chronically sick usually have several diagnoses. So what is going on? Is it all in the mind? Is it lifestyle; greed, sloth and the obesity epidemic? Does our diet and antibiotics deplete the beneficial bacteria that make up 90% of the cells in our body? Is it all the above and more?

Medical philosophy has remained stuck in heady days of the last century – a pill for every ill - make a definitive diagnosis, apply a specific treatment and receive thanks from a grateful patient. It has become clear that this approach does not work for most ‘illness’, yet people are conditioned to expect it and doctors trained to deliver it. We urgently need to change the paradigm for long term sickness, while retaining the technological miracles for those who need them. Nick's talk will propose a way that this could happen, which might even save money.

Dr Nick Read (www.nickread.co.uk) is a retired gastroenterologist, physiologist and nutritionist and currently maintains a private practice in psychotherapy. During his academic career, he held chairs in Gastrointestinal Physiology, Human Nutrition and Integrated Medicine at The University of Sheffield, published over 500 original papers and reviews and 11 books, including ‘Sick and Tired; healing the illnesses, doctors cannot cure,’ (Phoenix, 2006), which helps people understand and manage illnesses that have no clear cause or pathology. Dr Read is now an active blogger (www.thesensitivegut.wordpress.com) and the Chair of Trustees and medical adviser for The IBS Network (www.theibsnetwork.org), the UK’s national charity for people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with a mission to facilitate patient efficacy and self-management. A dedicated advocate of self-care, Dr Read attempts to delay the ageing process by fell running, wild swimming and infinite curiosity.  His latest book, Cooking for The Sensitive Gut (Pavilion, 2016), co-authored with Joan Ransley, was published in January.

Stephen Smith

When?
Monday, August 22 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Stephen Smith

What's the talk about?

Stephen will look at the problems of legal aid, the impact of crime on society and whether custodial sentences truly reflect the views of society.

Stephen D Smith was born in Sheffield in Yorkshire and entered the legal profession in 1965, working from the general office up to qualifying as a solicitor in 1979 and forming his own practice in 1981.

He has attracted a number of controversial cases, appearing in Courts all over the country and in Germany and Northern Ireland. He also had a part to play in the famous Bulger case.

One of his famous cases was the “Biker Case” of John Megson who was wrongly convicted of murder. He appeared in two BBC Rough Justice television programmes before winning an appeal to affect Megson’s release. He appeared on two of the famous BBC “Rough Justice” programmes in relation to the famous Biker murder case, which resulted in the best selling book “Hell is not for Angels”.

He is the author of eight books including the highly successful legal series of stories, which prompted the Yorkshire Post to regard him as the “legal James Herriot” and the Times, who described him as the “Rumpole of Rotherham”.

You can also read a lot more about Steve on the following websites – www.yourstevesmith.com or www.wilfordsmith.co.uk

Dave Sahman

When?
Monday, October 24 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

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Who?
Dave Sahman

What's the talk about?

The two biggest puzzles in physics today are dark matter and dark energy. Together they make up 96% of the Universe yet we know very little about either. Dave will set out what we do know about them, some of the theories that have been put forward to explain them, and the research that is underway to find out more. Finally, Dave will outline the ongoing work by Sheffield researchers.

Dave Sahman spent his career as a Finance Director in the public sector, but held a lifelong interest in astronomy. Following his retirement a few year ago, he began a PhD with the University of Sheffield, his research focuses on binary stars.