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.

Please note we are 'Skeptics in the Pub' so the speakers are used to addressing an adult audience.  Usually speakers are happy for anyone aged 16 and over to attend but the talks are not suitable for under 16s.

The Real Deal

Barny Webb

When?
Wednesday, December 17 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Barny Webb

What's the talk about?

Argentina came strongly into the public consciousness in 1982 in the dispute over the Falkland Islands that triggered the Falklands War.  Barny has first hand experience of the country and knows that there is much more to Argentina than beef and a simmering discontent over the Falklands.  When he talks about the country he reveals a plethora of interesting facts covering everything from climate to politics and at this talk he'll share his knowledge and insights.

Barny and his brothers run an international IT company and another company set up to develop and distribute educational software and services to address the need for creative writing and thinking solutions in schools.  Until he hung up his riding boots he was a talented polo player and it was during this period of his life when working closely with Argentinians and spending time in the country that he gained his insider's knowledge.

How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch

Lewis Dartnell

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

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Lewis Dartnell

What's the talk about?

Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or a viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it is over and humanity must start again. What would you need to know to not only survive in the immediate aftermath, but avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the rebooting of civilisation from scratch? The Knowledge is a grand thought experiment on the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Dr Lewis Dartnell is the author of Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide, My Tourist Guide to the Solar System and The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch. He is a research scientist, presenter and author and is currently a UK Space Agency research Fellow at the University of Leicester.

You can fool some of the people...

Mike O'Brien

When?
Wednesday, April 15 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Mike O'Brien

What's the talk about?

Magic as a performing art has been around for thousands of years. In this light hearted journey through the history of magic Mike will take us from 4000 BC to the present and along the way show some of the classic tricks that have been performed by magicians for centuries. On the way you will hear why The Magic Circle did not ask Houdini to speak or perform at their annual banquet, about a famous Chinese magician who was shot on stage, the first time a woman was cut in half by a magician and many other facts. In addition you will hear how magicians have always taken on board ideas from the gaming tables, fraudulent mediums, mathematicians and other sources if those ideas will help them to fool and entertain an audience.

Mike is member of The Magic Circle and worked as a professional magician for many years. He has been employed by many blue chip companies for their events as well as entertaining celebrities and members of the Royal Family. He has a number of TV appearances to his credit as well as working as magical advisor on other programmes including a documentary on creative accounting.