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Suw Charman-Anderson

When?
Wednesday, June 10 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Suw Charman-Anderson

What's the talk about?

Due to popular demand, we have moved this event to the Tyneside Irish Centre!

 

In 2009, Suw Charman-Anderson founded of Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. With grassroots events held around the world and thousands of people writing and talking about the women who have inspired them, the day seeks to raise women's profiles and highlight unsung heroines.

Suw will talk about why there's a need for such a day, and also about Ada Lovelace herself. Lauded as the first ever computer programmer, Ada was a gifted mathematician, yet today she faces challenges from many voices as to the veracity of her contributions to computer science. So who was Ada? And what do we know about her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine?

Suw is a social technologist and, as one of the UK's social media pioneers, has worked with clients worldwide. A freelance journalist, she has written about social media and technology for The Guardian, CIO Magazine and others.

Learn more about Ada Lovelace Day, 13 October 2015, at www.findingada.com or follow the team on Twitter at @findingada. Suw's blog is at www.chocolateandvodka.com and you can follow her on Twitter as @suw.


This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford. Seats are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ash Pryce

When?
Wednesday, May 13 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

VENUE CHANGE!

Due to popular demand, we're moving this event to the Tyneside Irish Centre. We're on the first floor - go directly up the stairs and the door is to your right. An elevator is also available. Drinks served downstairs.

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Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born.

This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication.
Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry this fun show has regularly packed venues at the Edinburgh fringe.

This is a skeptically themed show and not intended as an actual demonstration of mediumship or psychic abilitie

Ouija Boards
Spirit Slates
Spirit Communication
Stopped Pulses
Spewing ectoplasm
And more...

"Ash Pryce is a naturally funny guy and won't allow his audience to be bored"
"Very entertaining" - edfringereview "Go see" - Edinburgh Skeptics

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Ash Pryce is a performer, director and occassional magician based in Scotland.  He has written and staged several skeptically themed shows looking at myths & legends, ghosts, psychics and mediumship as well as producing full plays ranging from Faustus to more contemporary original shows in Edinburgh.  He is the founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, the newly started History in the Pub Edinburgh, and runs what is believed to be the worlds first skeptical ghost tour every Fringe.  He lives just outside of Edinburgh with his three Degus, one of which holds a grudge against him.

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This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford.

Debate and QA with candidates from the 5 main parties.

Chaired by Dr Nick Randall

When?
Wednesday, April 8 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Chaired by Dr Nick Randall

What's the talk about?

The 2015 General Election is right around the corner, so we're hosting a skeptical election-themed night! The topic of the debate will be:

"What is your party going to do for Newcastle, and the North East?"

The event will consist of:

  • A six-minute talk from each party
  • A Q+A session and debate, with questions taken from the audience.

The debate will be chaired by Dr Nick Randall - Senior Lecturer and Head of Politics, Newcastle University. Dr Randall's research interests include; 

"the politics of the British Labour and Conservative Parties; political ideologies in the UK; the territorial politics of the UK; the impact of European integration upon UK politics; the role of ideational and discursive factors in politics"

Labour, Conservative, Lib Dem, Green, and UKIP have confirmed their attendance. The representatives for each party are as follows:

  • Chi Onwurah MP, Labour - Chi is the incumbent for the Newcastle Central Constituency, with a background in Engineering. Before being elected in 2010 she was Head of Telecoms Technology for OFCOM, and since 2013 has been a Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office).
  • Duncan Crute, Conservatives - Duncan is a Parliamentary Candidate for the Newcastle East Constituency, with a background in business he's run his own tailoring company for over 10 years and previously worked for a marketing consultancy.
  • Wendy Taylor, Liberal Democrats - Wendy is a Councillor with Newcastle City Council for the Dene Ward, and has been since 1988. Between 2004 and 2011 she was the Executive Member for Environment, Sustainability, and Transport. Wendy is a Parliamentary Candidate for the Newcastle East Constituency.
  • David Robinson-Young, UKIP - David is also a Parliamentary Candidate for the Newcastle East Constituency, and a Barrister at Law at Dere Street Barristers, specialising in Employment Discrimination Law. 
  • Shirley Ford, Greens - Shirley is a Parliamentary Candidate for the South Shields Constituency, assists in the running of the community's Deaf Childrens Club, and is an active human rights and anti-poverty campaigner having lobbied the UK Government, the EU, and the UN.

This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford.

Rebecca O'Neill

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

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Where?

Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Rebecca O'Neill

What's the talk about?

Three and a half years behind the counter in a health food shop can be a learning experience in more ways than one.

From vitamins and minerals to the latest celebrity-endorsed wonder supplement, no main street or shopping centre is complete without a purveyor of alternative therapies. Likewise, there are very few people who don’t associate vitamin C or echinacea with the treatment of colds or flu.

If these ideas are so pervasive, one question is why? What is it about the sellers of these therapies that make them seem so valid or trustworthy?

Well, take it from a former believer: the answer is definitely not black and white.

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Rebecca O’Neill is the founder of the Dublin Skeptics in the Pub group that looks to promote rational, critical thinking and examines extraordinary claims whilst having a quiet pint (or beverage of choice). She is also co-host and producer one of the few all-female skeptical podcasts: The Skeprechauns.

During her undergraduate, the necessary evil of a part time job led her to work in retail, spending three and a half years behind the tills in a well known health food shop. As a coping mechanism, and perhaps to make amends for her time selling goji berries and aloe vera juice, she now gives talks about her experiences and about the health food industry in general.

A designer by training she fell rather serendipitously into museum work, working the in the Natural History Museum in Dublin for five years. She is now studying for her PhD, interested in all things curatorial in the real and digital world.

This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford.

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.

This is a free event, although donations to help fund Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub events are appreciated. We suggest £3, or whatever you can afford.

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.

Ken Humphreys

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

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Where?

Old George Yard, Cloth Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1EZ

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 at The Old George!

 

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.

Gary Broadfield and David Cook

When?
Wednesday, October 8 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Gary Broadfield and David Cook

What's the talk about?

Due to the higher costs associated with this talk we have had to take the hard decision and ticket the event, they are £3 and can be purchased;

  • Bitcoin - please include your name(s)
  • Paypal - please include your names(s) 
  • Eventbrite - please include your name(s) 
  • Capacity permitting, in person on the door, on the day!

This month, solicitors Gary Broadfield (@GaslanB) and David Cook (@CyberSolicitor) (full bios below) will be discussing the history and development of the online cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. We shall examine how Bitcoin operates in practice and review the potential positives, and negatives of Bitcoin as a currency. We will then focus upon how the advantages of Bitcoin have led to the legitimacy of the currency facing a challenge as it is adopted by criminals to facilitate frauds, money laundering and other online crime.  The seminar will then deal with the challenges faced by national regulators in monitoring and taxing the use of Bitcoin and investigating suspected misuse. Finally we will discuss potential future developments and how Bitcoin might develop and grow in future months and years.

Both Gary and David have experience in court defending both high-tech “cybercrime” cases such as persecutions for filesharing, as well as regularly defending the most serious allegations of financial crime and regulatory investigations carried out within England & Wales, and are in a unique position to set out the challenges posed to both traditional fiat currencies and authorities by decentralised and semi anonymous online currencies, together with the responses of governments around the world to those threats.

Gary Broadfield is a partner at Garstangs Burrows Bussin and has been involved in defending some of the most serious and complex criminal cases prosecuted in recent years, with an emphasis on high value fraud and white collar crime but with a growing practice related to criminality carried out on the "Dark Web."

David Cook

David Cook is a Solicitor Advocate at Pannone, part of Slater and Gordon, and is recognised as an expert in cyber crime and data security. He successfully defended clients in prosecutions for online file sharing and has acted for both Richard O’Dwyer and members of Anonymous with regard to allegations of hacking in both the US and UK.

Quick 10 minute talks across all areas

Various

When?
Wednesday, September 10 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Various

What's the talk about?

For our September event we are hosting our third Open Mic Night! This is where we ask you, beloved skeptic in the pub, to take to the stage for ten minutes and talk about, well, anything!

In the past we've had some fantastic talks, some have even gone on to became a full talk at a future date. 

If there is something you're passionate enough about to turn in to a 10 minute talk, please let us know at: http://tiny.cc/skepticsopenmicnight 

Elaine Campbell

When?
Wednesday, August 13 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Elaine Campbell

What's the talk about?

"In this talk I want to work through the idea of policing without boundaries. I’m not referring here to a style of policing which operates without limit or constraint; rather, I want to think of policing as a spatially fluid rather than a territorially bounded set of practices. What kind of policing is possible if we dispense with conventional notions of fixed organisational spaces and segmented operational terrains - such as police force areas, bobbies on the beat, hot-spots, crime scenes, kettling, no-go areas, or red-light districts? Using the contemporary policing of paedophilia as a case study, I want to introduce an alternative vocabulary and framework for thinking about policing’s spatial imaginaries."

Crumpled Paper, by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions.com. Source: Flickr (CC)

Elaine Campbell is a Professor of Criminology at Newcastle University in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology. She teaches courses in cultural criminology, everyday life, visual cultures and visual methodologies, and researches and publishes on the cultural dynamics of crime and punishment, with a focus on how these are visually, performatively and discursively mobilised. Her current theoretical interests centre on the post-political landscapes of plural policing, alongside a critical exploration of prisoner creativity as political expression. Recent publications have examined stalking as choreography; cultures of victimhood; crime, affect and the city; the cultural politics of counter-terrorism; and the emotional life of governmental power.

Ongoing adventures in the world of pseudoscience

Michael Marshall

When?
Wednesday, July 9 2014 at 7:30PM

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Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Michael Marshall

What's the talk about?

It’s easy to think of pseudoscience existing in a glass case at a museum – something to be examined and critiqued from a safe distance, but not something to touch and to play with. Using examples taken from his own personal experiences in skepticism, Michael Marshall will show what happens when you begin to crack the surface of the pseudosciences that surround us – revealing the surprising, sometimes-shocking and often-comic adventures that lie beneath.

Michael Marshall is the Vice President of the Merseyside Skeptics Society, and regularly speaks with proponents of pseudoscience for the Be Reasonable podcast. His work with the society has seen him organising international homeopathy protests and co-founding the popular QED conference. He has written for the Guardian, The Times and New Scientist.