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.

Stevyn Colgan

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

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Stevyn Colgan

What's the talk about?

Stevyn Colgan is a former member of the Met Police Problem Solving Unit, which developed creative and innovative approaches to issues that did not respond to traditional policing methods.  He is an expert on problem-oriented policing.

He is an author, artist, songwriter, public speaker and oddly-spelled Cornishman.  He is one of the ‘QI Elves’ that supply the questions for the popular BBC TV series and co-writes its sister show, The Museum of Curiosity, for BBC Radio 4.

He has also, among other things, been a chef, a potato picker, a milkman and a police officer. He has written briefing notes for two Prime Ministers and TV scripts for Gerry Anderson and Doctor Who.  He’s helped build dinosaur skeletons for the Natural History Museum, movie monsters for Bruce Willis to shoot at, and was the official artist for the 2006 National Children’s Book Fair.  He has been set on fire twice, been shot at once, and has given hundreds of talks across the UK and USA on a variety of subjects from problem solving to Cornish mythology to why he believes that he wasn’t intelligently designed.

He is the author of Joined-Up Thinking (Pan Macmillan 2008), Henhwedhlow: The Clotted Cream of Cornish Folk Tales (Kowethas 2010) and Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope® (Unbound 2013). He is currently writing several different books, recording an album of his own songs and developing an animated series based on Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope®.  Find out about his latest book at  http://tinyurl.com/n6pajs3.



And, of particular interest to No.84, he stops inordinately frequently for tea.
 

Everything you ever wanted to know about the book of Revelation

Simon Woodman

When?
Wednesday, October 15 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Simon Woodman

What's the talk about?

October's talk is suitable for people of any faith or none as Simon Woodman discusses why what most people think they know about the book of Revelation is wrong.  The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Armageddon, the number 666 and the vivid depictions of disaster and suffering are well known.  Many ideas as to their meaning have been put forward.  Simon has studied the text and its historical background in detail and offers his own ideas.  Come and find out if you agree with him.

Simon Woodman is a co-minister at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church.  As well as being a minister he is an author, reviewer, public speaker and lecturer.  His PhD involved study of the Book of Revelation.

Who are the real sceptics

Stephen Lloyd

When?
Wednesday, November 19 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Stephen Lloyd

What's the talk about?

Where did life come from? Modern western culture is highly sceptical of beliefs that God made the world. In this talk Stephen Lloyd will explain why we should instead be sceptical of the widely accepted, but implausible idea that life made itself.

In his illustrated talk Stephen will describe the copious evidence of design in nature. He will explain how scepticism towards the evolutionary understanding of earth history can enrich science through inspiring new research and discoveries, including examples of research that provide compelling evidence of Noah’s flood.

Stephen is the Pastor of Hope Church, Gravesend. Before entering Christian ministry he spent 8 years in post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge including 4 years as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. He has appeared on Channel 4, ITV and BBC1 explaining why it is scientific to believe that God made the world.