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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Myles Power

When?
Tuesday, November 11 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Myles Power

What's the talk about?

Myles Power has been debunking pseudoscientists by the use of blogs and videos for some time and was obviously far too successful.

Recently US legal direction regarding digital rights has resulted in a hunt for plagiarised work on the Web so that it can be removed or the artists recompensed for their efforts.  As a result Youtube and other providers have had to adjust their policies to cut out offenders.  Pseudoscientists have abused these procedures to attack debunkers who use clips of Youtube videos to show where misleading or wrong information has been published.

Myles is in the middle of an ongoing battle to remain in a position to ensure pseudoscientists are kept in check.  This is a coverage of his history of debunking and an update of how things are going.

 

NOTE: Due to a double-booking at the Bridge, we've had to move this event to Tuesday 11th of November.

Ken Humphreys

When?
Wednesday, December 3 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Ken Humphreys

What's the talk about?

Outside of confessional interests, Jesus has diminished in stature in recent decades but is even a minimalist Jesus sustainable? 

Though most historians still aver that there was "probably" a Jesus (without any agreement as to quite who he was), and many people think that it required "someone" to inspire the birth of Christianity, an articulate and growing minority of scholars say, on the contrary, that no human Jesus of Nazareth ever lived, that he is a literary construction, fabricated from Jewish scriptural templates and motifs drawn from the world of polytheism. 

Author Kenneth Humphreys has been the force behind the popular Jesus myth website www.jesusneverexisted.com for more than thirteen years, has appeared on TV and numerous radio shows, and has engaged in many debates with apologists for Christianity. Humphreys will be presenting the case that Jesus never existed and will inevitably follow Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses into the mythology of the world. 

NOTE: Due to a double-booking at the Bridge, we've had to move this event to Wednesday 3rd December, a week earlier than usual.