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Skeptics in the Pub (SitP) exists to provide an opportunity for people who are interested in science, skepticism, rationalism, critical thinking to socialise and discuss matters of interest. Each month we invite someone to come and speak to us, and if there's someone you'd like to hear, let us know!

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See also:

Birmingham Skeptics Own Web Page

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Birmingham Skeptics Podcast

 Other sites of note for the questioning Midlander

 Cafe Scientifique

Calendar of events at the WMAM site

Birmingham Salon

Lichfield Humanists

Birmingham Humanists

 

 

 

Iszi Lawrence

When?
Wednesday, December 14 2016 at 7:30PM

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48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Iszi Lawrence

What's the talk about?

 Skeptic, comedian and voice of the Skeptics Guide To The Universe, Iszi Lawrence is out to delight and inform with her new show The Z List Dead List. The Z List Dead List is a live comedy show about obscure people from History. As a skeptic, Iszi has found a few people from the past that will peak your interest.

Expect woo, violence, sex and death. And a competition.

The show is also a podcast with guest interviews from Jon Ronson, Griff Rhys Jones, Natalie Haynes, Neil Denny, Richard Herring etc. You can find it on iTunes here: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-z-list-dead-list/id915778702?mt=2 or go to the website www.zlistdeadlist.com

Adam Rutherford

When?
Wednesday, January 11 2017 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Adam Rutherford

What's the talk about?

A sprawling saga of the history of humankind is packed inside our cells, written in 3 billion letters of DNA, and in the last few years we’ve learnt how to read it. Our genomes are packed with culture, war, disease, migration, murder, kings and queens, race, and a whole lot of quite deviant sex.

Geneticist, writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford wields the latest addition to the historian’s toolbox, to unscramble the myths and the story of us, and what DNA can – and can’t – tell us about the epic human journey.

Chris Berry

When?
Wednesday, February 8 2017 at 7:30PM

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48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Chris Berry

What's the talk about?

Our best theory of gravity is Einstein's general relativity. This describes gravitation as the bending of space and time. The theory predicts the existence of black holes and gravitational waves. The first direct observation of gravitational waves was made in 2015 by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, this signal came from the merger of two black holes. Since then, LIGO has observed one, possibly two, other binary black hole mergers. Gravitational waves can reveal many details about objects like black holes which are otherwise invisible, and this new form of astronomy could greatly expand our understanding of the Universe. This talk will introduce gravitational-wave astronomy and discuss the discoveries made so far.

Chris studied for his PhD at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, where he worked on what we could learn about gravity and black holes with a space-based gravitational wave detector. After finishing his PhD in 2013, he started work at the University of Birmingham, where he joined the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Since then, he's been working on how to measure properties of the sources of gravitational wave signals as detected by ground-based detectors like LIGO. He was part of the group who analysed LIGO's first observations of gravitational waves in 2015.

When?
Wednesday, March 8 2017 at 7:30PM

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48 John Bright Street
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Who?
Victoria Stiles

What's the talk about?

 Content to be confirmed as Victoria is a very versatile speaker!

Ed Yong

When?
Wednesday, April 12 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
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Who?
Ed Yong

What's the talk about?

 Every animal, whether human, squid, or wasp, is home to millions of bacteria and other microbes. They build our bodies, protect our health, shape our identities, and grant us incredible abilities. Science writer Ed Yong will take us on an eye-opening and critical look at the science of the microbiome, and what it means for our lives.

Ed Yong is an award-winning science writer who reports for The Atlantic and blogs at National Geographic.

@edyong209

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