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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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Victoria Stiles

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

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Where?

48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Victoria Stiles

What's the talk about?

We've reached a situation which shouldn't have been possible. It is now almost inevitable that the Nazis will appear as a cautionary example in any political discussion and yet this year has seen the rise to prominence of groups which openly share many of the their beliefs and even borrow their symbols. It appears that knowing about the past is not the same as learning from history, but is it reasonable to expect history to teach us anything at all?

Victoria Stiles is a freelance researcher and consultant in the field of Modern European History and specialises in the portrayal of imperial history and national stereotypes within Nazi Germany. This year she was called a historian by the LAD Bible, which has more than justified the time she spent getting a PhD.

In this talk she will explain some of the ways in which historians use and assess evidence, how they draw parallels between events in different times and places and how they arrive at an account of the past which they are willing to call "a history". She is very keen to hear the audiece's thoughts on what they want history and historians to do for them.

Is there anything from our past which can shed light on our current situation? This talk won't provide all the answers but maybe together we can formulate some better questions.

This is a free event, although donations to help fund Birmingham Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated.  Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unable to stand for the duration of the talk let us know beforehand and we will reserve one for you.

Ed Yong

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

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48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

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.

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Adam Rutherford

When?
Wednesday, October 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.

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