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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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Danny Chambers

When?
Wednesday, January 10 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Danny Chambers

What's the talk about?

You may be surprised to hear that the anti-vaccination movement is not restricted to human medicine - animal owners are increasingly turning their back on conventional medicine and seeking out unproven alternatives, often at the detriment of their animal's health. You might be even more surprised to learn about the myriad other forms of pseudoscience animals are subjected to, including the common practice of ‘horse psychics’. 

Danny Chambers will discuss the use of psuedoscience in veterinary practice and the implications this has on human health and wellbeing, including the campaign he has led to prevent vets from prescribing homeopathy for animals. 

Danny Chambers grew up on a farm in Devon, graduated from Liverpool Vet School and has since worked as a vet across the UK, as well as in New Zealand, Africa, India and Iraq. Earlier this year he was appointed to the council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, running on a platform of evidence-based veterinary medicine.

Stevyn Colgan

When?
Wednesday, April 11 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Stevyn Colgan

What's the talk about?

 Given the bewildering variety of life on Earth – all stemming from one self-replicating molecule – can we really predict what life on other worlds is like? Maybe not. But we can imagine what it isn’t like.

Stevyn Colgan has been involved with aliens for three decades. He’s held Jabba the Hutt’s face, helped sculpt creatures for Bruce Willis to shoot at and had a script accepted for 'Doctor Who' in the 1980s. In this entertaining talk you’ll hear about feuding gangs of scientists, the unlikelihood that any visiting aliens will be humanoid, film directors with less imagination than children, fractal nose worms and the perils of concrete poo.

You’ll also come to realise that if we really are intelligently designed, the designer needs their head examined.

‘I've found a new genius. Amazing speaker, fantastic stories’ – Ayd Instone, Eldamar Ltd

‘A brilliant talk. So much common sense’ – Simon Raymonde, Bella Union and ex-Cocteau Twins

(Stevyn would like to make it clear that he has never been abducted, nor had anything or anywhere probed.)

Professor Laura Piddock

When?
Wednesday, May 9 2018 at 7:30PM

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48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
B1 1BN

Who?
Professor Laura Piddock

What's the talk about?

 Laura's research furthers understanding of the mechanisms of antibiotic action and resistance of antibacterial drugs.

More Details TBC

Anthony Warner

When?
Wednesday, July 11 2018 at 7:30PM

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48 John Bright Street
Birmingham
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Who?
Anthony Warner

What's the talk about?

 Anthony Warner somehow managed to complete a Biochemistry Degree at Manchester University before deeply disappointing his parents by deciding that the heat of the professional kitchen was the career for him. After ten years in restaurants, hotels and events-catering he became a development chef in the food manufacturing industry and has spent the last 11 years working on some of the UK’s best-known brands and products.


In 2016, driven by frustration at the clearly unscientific messages being spewed out by a new breed of healthy eating celebrities, he started the Angry Chef blog, intended to appeal to a few similarly frustrated food industry professionals. Despite frequent attempts to alienate his readers, the blog has grown in popularity, forcing a middle-aged man to reluctantly engage with social media. Terrified at the prospect of being described as a ‘food-blogger’, Anthony has tried in vain to keep Angry Chef anonymous, but has sadly failed to do so as newspapers and magazines continue to approach him in the hope he might say something controversial about Jamie Oliver.

He now writes regularly for New Scientist, The Pool and the Sunday Times, and his first book, The Angry Chef - Bad Science and the Truth about Healthy Eating was published by Oneworld in July. He has appeared on Inside Science, The Food Programme and was once asked if he would be happy to eat his own dog on The Moral Maze.

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