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, though we do ask for a small donation on the door towards speakers' expenses. 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.
Wednesday, March 12 2014 at 7:30PM
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The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ
What's the talk about?
Skepticism and critical thinking isn’t just about UFOs, bad pharma and Creationism. It’s about the everyday things too.
After leaving school Stevyn gained places at both art and catering colleges, but turned them down and instead accepted a drunken £50 bet with his homicide detective father that he could survive six months as a police officer. He consequently joined the Metropolitan Police Service in London and ended up staying for 30 years.
During his service he found himself frequently challenging the traditional or ‘accepted’ ways of doing things; critical thinking and his own natural skepticism led him to explore different way of doing things, often in innovative and unusual ways. These included using wizards to tackle street gambling, lollipops to stop anti‐social behaviour and dog shows to prevent homicides. Ultimately, he was asked by Scotland Yard and the Home Office to be part of an experimental unit to explore some of these new ideas, many of which have now found their way into everyday policing across the UK.
The Skeptical Bobby is all about grass‐roots skepticism and why we should be critical thinkers in every aspect of our lives.
‘Superb talk at QEDCon by Stevyn Colgan. Intelligent and humane.’ – Professor Richard Dawkins
‘Stevyn Colgan was fantastic! Beautiful and inspiring talk’ ‐ The British Humanist Association