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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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Tom Marshall

When?
Wednesday, February 13 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Tom Marshall

What's the talk about?

 Complementary and alternative medicine is caricatured as unscientific and contrasted with the scientific rigor of mainstream medicine. 

But this is misleading. 

 

Ineffective treatments and procedures abound in mainstream medicine. There are treatments in widespread use that we know to be ineffective. There are effective treatments given to the wrong patients. There are treatments where harms and costs clearly outweigh any benefit. There are treatments where we really don’t know if they are effective or not. 

 

This talk will show the clues to overtreatment provided by looking at variations in clinical practice and will provide a number examples. It will also illustrate why the problem is so intractable.

 

Tom Marshall grew up in the midst of Northern Ireland’s tribal conflict before escaping to medical school in University of Edinburgh. 

He emerged to his surprise with a medical degree despite paying more attention to Fredrick Copleston’s history of philosophy than anatomy textbooks and a high attrition rate among his immediate circle.

Since then he has had a chequered career including brief periods working in remote locations such as the Northern Transvaal, Gibraltar and Norfolk and living in a squat in Camberwell. He also studied health economics, trained as a GP and then as a public health physician before becoming a full time academic at University of Birmingham. 

He has long believed that behind the façade of science medicine remains full of useless, unproven and harmful treatments.

He is currently Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Birmingham where his research includes analysis of electronic health records to see how health care is actually delivered and he has an ongoing interest in over treatment.

This is a free event, but we suggest a donation of £3 to cover speakers expenses.

Heather Pentler

When?
Wednesday, June 12 2019 at 12:00AM

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Where?

48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Heather Pentler

What's the talk about?

The world is a scary and chaotic place at the moment. This talk is your chance to take a rational look at the current threats to human civilisation. How much will global warming change our lives? Is it worth surviving a nuclear war? How are Authoritarian leaders changing our civilisation and democracy? Is it possible to be a prepper without being a conspiracy theorist?

Heather has been an active skeptic for the last 7 years and has previously spoken about her experiences exposing dodgy alternative medical practices. Heather has been a member of the committee for Edinburgh Skeptics for the last 3 years. Heather's day job is a support worker, working with autistic adults for a charity.

Birmingham skeptics talks are free to attend, but we suggest a donation of £3 to help cover speakers expenses.

Robin Ince

When?
Wednesday, September 11 2019 at 7:30PM

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48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Robin Ince

What's the talk about?

**This is a provisional date**

Why do we make the choices we do in life? Where does anxiety come from? Where does imagination come from? Why are we like we are? Do our parents f*&k us up? Informed by personal insights from his own life as well as interviews with a bevy of A-list comedians, neuroscientists, psychologists and doctors - this is a hilarious and often moving primer to the mind.

As a connoisseur of comedy, Robin Ince has spent decades mining our eccentricities to create gags - and watching other strange individuals do the same. And for years on The Infinite Monkey Cage he has sought - sometimes in vain - to understand the world around us. In this book, he unites these pursuits to examine the human condition through the prism of humour.

Copies of Robin's book will be available to purchase at the event.

This is a free event, but a donation of £3 is suggested to help is pay for our speakers expenses.

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