Welcome to Gravesend Skeptics in the Pub - the pub skeptics who meet in a tea-room on the third Wednesday of every month.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. when drinks and cakes will be available.  Talks start at 7:45 p.m.

Everyone is welcome. Usually there's no need to book but check individual events as occasionally booking is necessary.  Talks are generally suitable for an audience aged 16 and over.

The cost is a donation of £2 per head towards the speaker's expenses.

Dr Faraz Alam

When?
Wednesday, August 19 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Dr Faraz Alam

What's the talk about?

Research papers are the medium used to reveal new scientific discoveries. But there is a growing body of evidence that many published research papers are false. How can science work if most scientists are getting things wrong ?

The answer to this question will take us through the history of how science is made. We'll look at how mistakes and outright falsehoods can get published. Then we'll explore how scientists are working to change the system, to fix these problems and make more published research true.

Dr Emma Chapman

When?
Wednesday, September 16 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Dr Emma Chapman

What's the talk about?

With ever more ambitious telescopes and probes giving us pictures of far-off comets, planets and even other galaxies, it is easy to think that the mysteries of our Universe are solved. But look closer and we find that those galaxies are spinning much faster than they should be and our brightest stars are flying away from us at ever faster speeds. To present day we understand a mere 4% of what makes up our Universe - the photons, protons, electrons, Higgs bosons etc... I will be talking about the other 96% - the stuff that makes our Universe do very strange things but that we know almost nothing about.

Film Trailers and the fine art of persuading people to see a film and not make them hate you!

Fraser Bensted

When?
Wednesday, October 21 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Fraser Bensted

What's the talk about?

Are film trailers an essential part of your decision making process when deciding what to watch at the cinema or to do you actively avoid them for fear that they will spoil the experience? Fraser Bensted has been involved in the production of film trailers for over 20 years and in this talk he will look at the process of film marketing and the careful balancing act that must be performed in order to produce a successful trailer. Using a variety of examples of trailers, past and present, he will take you on a journey beyond the screen to reveal exactly how trailers are made, why they are a necessary evil, and what he says when people accuse him of being the person responsible for giving away 'all the best bits'.