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Adam Stevens

When?
Tuesday, February 12 2013 at 8:00PM

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1 Savoy Crescent
Milton Keynes
MK9 3PU

Who?
Adam Stevens

What's the talk about?

Please join us on Tuesday 12th February at the Slug and Lettuce in Milton Keynes Theatre District for the next Skeptics in the Pub meeting.

The subject of the night will be Mars Exploration - Past, Present and Future, and our guest speaker will be Adam Stevens. Adam is a PhD student at the Open University, and part of the European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter team.

In this talk, Adam will share his love of the red planet, giving an overview of the history of Mars exploration and the current status quo. Previous missions have shown us many of the secrets of Mars, but questions still remain. Future missions face many problems and we will discuss whether space agencies should still be sending probes to Mars, what the new private space sector can do for exploration, and why we shouldn't keep humans away from Mars for long.

The talk starts at 8pm, with drinks in the bar before and afterwards. As usual there will be a collection towards expenses, with a suggested donation of £3.

Martin Robbins

When?
Tuesday, January 8 2013 at 8:00PM

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1 Savoy Crescent
Milton Keynes
MK9 3PU

Who?
Martin Robbins

What's the talk about?

Please join us on Tuesday 8th January for the first MK Skeptics in the Pub meeting of 2013.

Martin Robbins, of the Guardian's Lay Science blog, reports on dangerous pseudo-medical practices outside the Western world, from homeopaths in East Africa to flat earthers and anti-vaccine campaigns in Nigeria.

As part of this talk, Martin will be showing video clips of his recent visits to homeopathic projects in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, shot for a film he is making with Michael Story, with support from the Wellcome Trust.

Martin Robbins is a writer, podcaster and journalist covering science, pseudoscience and evidence-based politics. Besides the Guardian, he has written for the Times, the Telegraph, the Independent and New Scientist. He also hosts the Strange Quarks podcast with Michael Marshall.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/layscience

 

on Pliny, Darwin & Feynman

When?
Tuesday, November 6 2012 at 7:30PM

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1 Savoy Crescent
Milton Keynes
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Who?
on Pliny, Darwin & Feynman

What's the talk about?

Please join as at our brand new venue for the last MK Skeptics in the Pub meeting of 2012, featuring award-winning broadcaster, author, comedian and science enthusiast Robin Ince.

This is sure to be a popular event, so please arrive early to make sure you get in!

As usual there will be a £3 suggested donation to cover costs.

When?
Tuesday, October 9 2012 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Old Wolverton Road,
Wolverton,
Miton Keynes
MK12 5PL

Who?
Paul Vella

What's the talk about?

Paul Vella is owner and Principal Digital Forensics Investigator at Evidence Matters Ltd.

In this talk, Paul talks about the role of digital forensics in the legal system, what computers, mobile phones and other devices are capable of revealing, and the pitfalls of jurors' expectations driven by Hollywood's portrayal of technology.

September meeting of MK Skeptics

Lucy Harper

When?
Tuesday, September 11 2012 at 7:30PM

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Old Wolverton Road,
Wolverton,
Miton Keynes
MK12 5PL

Who?
Lucy Harper

What's the talk about?

Please join us at The Galleon in Wolverton (click here for a map) on Tuesday 11th September for the next meeting of Milton Keynes Skeptics in the Pub.

Our guest speaker this month is Lucy Harper, Communications Manager for the Society for Applied Microbiology.

It’s Lucy’s job to make microbiology accessible, and this includes getting accurate science into the mainstream media - something that’s not easy when competing with the likes of the latest celebrity news. With an apparent increase in science on TV as well as groups like Skeptics in the Pub, Lucy will talk about science in the media and the many and varied ways in which science is engaging with the public and asks: Is science becoming an integral part of popular culture?

The talk will start at 8pm, but please join us for a drink and a chat in the bar from 7.30pm.

There will be a £3 suggested contribution towards costs.

All welcome

When?
Tuesday, August 14 2012 at 8:00PM

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Old Wolverton Road,
Wolverton,
Miton Keynes
MK12 5PL

Who?
You!

What's the talk about?

Please join us at The Galleon in Wolverton or the inaugural MK Skeptics Open Mic Night!

In a change to the usual format, we have an exciting line up of speakers who will each talk on a fascinating subject of their choice for 5 minutes. 

There are still a couple of free slots, so if you have something to say why not come along and have a go.

Directions here: g.co/maps/e7nbp

 

 

Statistics in the Media

When?
Tuesday, July 10 2012 at 7:30PM

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Old Wolverton Road,
Wolverton,
Miton Keynes
MK12 5PL

Who?
Kevin McConway

What's the talk about?

 Please join us at the Galleon on Tuesday 10th July (Note change of weekday!) for the next meeting of Milton Keynes Skeptics in the Pub.

Our guest speaker will be Kevin McConway from The Open University, who will be talking about Statistics in the Media:

"When it comes to statistics, scientists, sceptics and statisticians often think of the media and journalists as a hotbed of confusion, distortion and, well, damned lies. These beliefs are not baseless - there is some appalling nonsense out there - but there is good statistical journalism too. The talk, which draws on experience as a statistician of working with print and broadcast journalists, will discuss and give examples of what can go wrong, what can go right. Good journalists are better communicators than are most scientists or statisticians; if we want to get our ideas and research findings into the public consciousness, we need to learn from journalism and we need to learn how to work with journalists and the 'old' media. Can that be done without compromising principles? I think so, and I will give some pointers on how to do it."

The presentation will start at 8pm, but please join us for a drink and a chat in the bar from 7.30pm.

We will also be collecting submissions for the Open Mic Night in August, at which members will be invited to speak for 5 or 10 minutes on an interesting subject. Please have a think about whether you have a topic in mind.

As last month, there will be a £3 suggested contribution towards costs.

Please spread the word, and let us know if you’re planning to attend:

Hope to see you there!

The not so curious case of the crop circles

When?
Thursday, June 7 2012 at 7:30PM

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Old Wolverton Road,
Wolverton,
Miton Keynes
MK12 5PL

Who?
Trystan Swale

What's the talk about?

Trystan was a host on the Righteous Indignation Podcast.

From the early 1980s into the following decade, the curious circles and patterns that appeared in English cereal fields made global headlines. Twenty years after the bottom seemed to fall out of the crop circle phenomenon, the bad science, questionable beliefs and bizarre philosophies surrounding it remain in place. An amateur contemporary folklorist and founder of the Righteous Indignation podcast, Trystan Swale delves inside a world where delusion, pseudoscience, art and insanity are never far away.

When?
Thursday, May 3 2012 at 7:30PM

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Old Wolverton Road,
Wolverton,
Miton Keynes
MK12 5PL

Who?
Lorna Mumford of UCL

What's the talk about?

“The inevitable decline of religion in modernity, as predicted by the ‘secularisation narrative’, has failed to materialise. Most importantly for non-religious people religion continues to have significant power and influence over political decisions and policies. My paper describes responses to this continued influence of religion on politics among members of atheist and humanist groups where I conducted my research. It queries whether a tendency to focus on stereotypical images of ‘religion’ and ‘atheism’ divert attention from the real issues causing concern; and asks whether we need to redefine the religious-secular ‘terms of engagement”

 

Lorna is a researcher at University College, London and her field of interests are anthropology of non-religion; the lived experience of nonreligious identity; dispositional atheism; philosophies of atheism and humanism; the continuum of nonreligious identities; failure of the secularisation narrative and post-neutrality secularism; the politics of secularism; the ‘new atheist’ phenomena; formation of community and the role of new media technologies; science as a symbolic system of meaning; emotion, cognition and the visceral register; codification of religious belief as normative through political policy and its impact on nonreligious identity expression.

When?
Thursday, April 5 2012 at 7:30PM

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Old Wolverton Road,
Wolverton,
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Who?
Dr Tom Williamson

What's the talk about?

Dr Tom Williamson is a biologist, humanist and skeptic, and a Norwich City fan. 

See his blog "The Skeptic Canary" for his posts on homeopathy, psychic Sally, and the Burzynski Clinic.

Come as you are, speak about anything skeptical

When?
Thursday, February 2 2012 at 7:30PM

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Old Wolverton Road,
Wolverton,
Miton Keynes
MK12 5PL

Who?
You are the Speaker !

What's the talk about?

This is an "Open Evening" where anyone can take the floor for 5-10 mins to speak on any skeptical topic that they like.

When?
Thursday, January 5 2012 at 7:30PM

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Old Wolverton Road,
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MK12 5PL

Who?
Ollie Killingback

What's the talk about?

Ollie Killingback

Ollie is a natural Skeptic in the tradition of Pyrrho, Diogenes and Sextus Empiricus. His blog can be found at http://ollie-killingback.blogspot.com/