Drinking skeptically in the City of Dreams

Welcome to Newcastle upon Tyne Skeptics in the Pub! We organise monthly skeptical pub talks in Newcastle upon Tyne, the City of Dreams. Our upcoming talks are listed below - no tickets required, you can just turn up on the night. You can sign up to get new event notifications using the form on the right, as well as joining our Facebook group and following us on Twitter @SITP_NCL.

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Margaret McCartney

When?
Thursday, January 15 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Margaret McCartney

What's the talk about?

We are dying older - a success. But we are also dying with more diseases, on more medication. Most people want to die at home, but relatively few do. Meantime, we are urged to 'fight' disease, and many medical interventions are oversold - from CPR to some cancer treatments. Whereas, it's real 'holistic' medicine -hands on palliative and social care- that extends quality and quantity of life. What are the myths and reality of healthcare at the end of life?

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Dr Margaret McCartney is a GP in Glasgow, columnist for the BMJ, regular contributor to Radio 4's Inside Health, and author of two books. The Patient Paradox - why sexed up medicine is bad for your health - was published in 2012, and Living with Dying - finding care and compassion at the end of life - in 2014.

Richard Shelley

When?
Wednesday, February 11 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Richard Shelley

What's the talk about?

Economics is used as the justification for all manner of things many of which have a profound impact on our lives, yet as of July 2014 only 1 in 10 MPs could correctly identify how new money comes into the UK economy. This talk aims to explain the distinctly unfair workings of our money system and give everyone attending no matter their background the tools and understanding to begin to unpick economic arguments

Richard Shelley is a Doctor who trained in Newcastle following an Undergraduate Masters from the University of Oxford. He became interested in the Money System while working in Japan and China and continued this interest on his return to the UK. In 2011 Richard set up the North East branch of the Positive Money campaign group. Although busy working as a Doctor he continues in his spare time to work to improve people's understanding of the money system, it's impacts on society and the alternatives available in line with this not for profit's objectives.