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.

Ash Pryce

When?
Wednesday, June 15 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the travelling caravan, as Snake Oil Salesman Ash Pryce demonstrates the miraculous curative abilities of psychic surgery, taught to your humble trickster by a wise man in the Philippines (or a magicians' tool book, whichever sounds more wondrous). See with amazement the telekinetic forces at work as you learn how to move objects with your mind, psychically manipulate your finest silverware and read the minds of your peers.  Or maybe, it’s all just a trick??

Whereas the sister show How to Talk to the Dead looked specifically at spirit communication in the past, How to be a Psychic Conman will look at the more incredible, magical side of psychic claims that persist today. The types of demonstrations that blur the line between the honest deception of magic, and the dishonesty of those hoping to make a quick buck out of your deep rooted beliefs.

The show will involve demonstrations and explanations of telekinesis tricks, metal bending, psychic surgery and remote viewing as well as look at government funded research into psychic phenomena, and the shoddy protocols that allowed “psychics” to beat the legendary Zener card experiments in the 1930s.

And if that wasn’t enough, interspersed throughout the show will be numerous on stage demonstrations of mentalism to add an extra layer of entertainment to the proceedings.

Warning to those on the front row… there will be blood!

There's more about Ash at ashpryce.co.uk/

Who can predict the future, and how?

Michael Story

When?
Wednesday, July 20 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Michael Story

What's the talk about?

Since 2011, a team of 200 civilians has been predicting the future more accurately than US intelligence agencies. Formed five years ago under the auspices of IARPA (the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, informally known as 'DARPA for spies'), the Good Judgement Project's 'Superforecaster' teams have been forecasting the specifics of North Korean missile programmes, the movement of Russian troops and the longevity of Robert Mugabe, achieving a 50% lower error rate than the previous state of the art.

This talk will cover who makes these forecasts, how they are doing it, and some techniques shown to make nearly anyone more accurate when predicting the future.
 
Michael Story is a policy researcher and Superforecaster with the Good Judgement Project.  Find out more at michaelwstory.com/

An Introduction to Discovering Japan Beyond the Clichés

Rob Dyer

When?
Wednesday, August 17 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA12 1QF

Who?
Rob Dyer

What's the talk about?

Have you ever considered going to Japan for a holiday? Perhaps... perhaps not.

Even for those who have, there can appear to be many barriers, some so challenging that they simply never make the trip. But could it be that we have been fed such a narrow view of the country that we're simply unaware of what lies beyond the clichés we see in the popular media?

Did you know that Japan is made of up of more than 6,800 islands?

Islands like the northern most island of Hokkaido, where you can join ice breaker ships exploring the remote ice floes beneath Siberia. The largest island Honshu, where bears, monkeys and boar still roam wild in the Japanese Alps. Or the sub-tropical southern island of Okinawa, with its crystal clear seas and pure white sand beaches – perfect for diving and sun worshipping.

This talk will look at the question “What is the real Japan?”, challenge some myths and common misconceptions, and offer some surprising insights that will open your mind to the wealth of possibilities for travelling throughout this geographically diverse, culturally rich and ancient country.

Japanese tea will be available for all attendees.

Rob Dyer is a writer, publisher and specialist in business development, strategy and intellectual property.  He founded publishing company dsomedia in 1988.

He has been exploring Japan for nearly twenty years, and shares his passion and adventures via his website www.therealjapan.com.

Professor Chris Rhodes

When?
Wednesday, October 19 2016 at 7:30PM

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84 Parrock Road
Gravesend
Kent
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Who?
Professor Chris Rhodes

What's the talk about?

Across the world, 30 billion barrels of crude oil are produced each year, not only for fuel but to make products ranging from plastics to pharmaceuticals. Nearly all our food production also depends on oil.

However, global existing production of crude oil is in decline by 5% per year, meaning that a compensating equivalent of a new Saudi Arabia must be brought on-stream every 3—4 years. Most of this “new oil” is expected to come from more challenging, unconventional sources, which include fracking shale, deepwater drilling, heavy oil, and tar sands. Within 10 years, it may not be possible to sustain the global supply of oil at present levels. Hence, if we continue as we are, Western civilisation will collapse. Our salvation requires a re-adaptation of how we live, from the global to the local; to a world of small communities far less dependent on transportation. Technology will not save us, unless we cut our energy use and particularly our demand for oil.

Professor Chris Rhodes is Director of Fresh-lands Environmental Actions and is based in Reading. He has written numerous scientific articles and recently published his first novel, University Shambles, a black comedy on the disintegration of the British university system.