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.

A Skeptics Extra for November

Professor David Nutt

When?
Wednesday, November 26 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Professor David Nutt

What's the talk about?

Professor David Nutt came under the media spotlight when during his chairmanship of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) he refused to fudge the issue of perceived drug harm. He broadcasts widely both on radio and television including BBC science and public affairs programmes on therapeutic as well as illicit drugs, their harms and their classification. He will be talking about the issue of persuading politicians and other decision makers to define policy based on evidence.

In 2010 The Times Eureka science magazine included him in the 100 most important figures in British Science, and the only psychiatrist. He is currently the Edmond J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London.

He broadcasts widely to the general public both on radio and television. He was the subject for The Life Scientific on BBC radio 4 and has appeared in several BBC Horizon programmes and the Channel 4 documentary Ecstasy-live.  Additionally he is much in demand for public affairs programmes on therapeutic as well as illicit drugs, their harms and their classification.  His also lecturers widely to the public as well as to the scientific and medical communities.

This is an extra Skeptic's session and we are delighted that Professor Nutt is able to come and talk to us.

Note that because of the high level of interest expected in this talk places must be reserved in advance.  To check availability and reserve places email: GravesendSitP@gmx.com or leave your details on the list at No.84.

 

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.