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Hustings and Chaired Q+A

Chaired by Dr. Nick Randall

When?
Wednesday, May 31 2017 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Chaired by Dr. Nick Randall

What's the talk about?

The 2017 Snap General Election is right around the corner, so we're hosting a skeptical election-themed night! Continuing from our 2015 event, 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 chaired Q+A session with questions from the audience, and between the candidates themselves.

After his excellent performance at our 2015 event, and our 2016 EU Referendum debate, the hustings will be chaired again by Dr Nick Randall - Senior Lecturer and previous Head of Politics, Newcastle University. With research interests in; 

"[T]he 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"

We can confirm the following candidates will be partaking in the event: 

  • Chi Onwurah MP - Labour, Newcastle Central (incumbent)
  • Simon Kitchen - Conservatives, Newcastle East
  • Cllr Dr Nick Cott - Lib Dems, Newcastle Central
  • Alistair Ford - Green Party, Newcastle East

When?
Wednesday, May 10 2017 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Victoria Stiles

What's the talk about?

We’ve reached a situation which shouldn’t have been possible. It is now almost inevitable that the Nazis will appear as a cautionary example in any political discussion and yet this year has seen the rise to prominence of groups which openly share many of their beliefs and even borrow their symbols. It appears that knowing about the past is not the same as learning from history, but is it reasonable to expect history to teach us anything at all?

Victoria Stiles is a freelance researcher and consultant in the field of Modern European History and specialises in the portrayal of imperial history and national stereotypes within Nazi Germany. This year she was called a historian by the LAD Bible, which has more than justified the time she spent getting a PhD. In this talk she will explain some of the ways in which historians use and assess evidence, how they draw parallels between events in different times and places, and how they arrive at an account of the past which they are willing to call “a history”. She is very keen to hear the audience’s thoughts on what they want history and historians to do for them.

Is there anything from our past which can shed light on our current situation? This talk won’t provide all the answers but maybe together we can formulate some better questions.

 

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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. Seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Social and Physical Survival in Extreme Environments

Anna Temp

When?
Wednesday, April 12 2017 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Anna Temp

What's the talk about?

 We’re not yet on Mars and we won’t be for a long time. Research into Isolated & Confined Environments (ICE) has spent the past few decades trying to answer the question of how we will survive while we’re on our way there and when we get there. Survival in ICE does not just depend on hazardous physical environments but also on team spirit and emotional support. On Earth, this research is usually carried out either at the South Pole or the North Pole. How do you survive in a space where humans are not the apex predators? And how do you cope with your life depending on the competence and good will of strangers? How do we know who to send and who not to send? If the recent re-shaping of the political and economic global landscape has made you want to join a Mars mission, come along and find out if you’ve got what it takes!

Anna has spent some time working with an Arctic team trying to answer these questions. She is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and went to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard three times.

Kevin Precious

When?
Wednesday, March 8 2017 at 8:00PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Kevin Precious

What's the talk about?

Note - We're starting slightly later than usual. Doors from 7:30pm, starting at 8.

In between the various comedic activites, Kevin Precious attends his local humanist group - he's an agnostic, folks - where he loves a good old debate about the big questions in life. Expect jokes and stories then, about his time as an RE teacher, being a humanist, the God-Shaped Hole, and the philosophy of religion... and you can ask him a few questions of your own afterwards, if you wish.

Kevin Precious is a former RE teacher turned stand-up comedian and promoter. Besides having played many of the top clubs in the land, he also promotes shows in arts centres and theatres under the Barnstormers Comedy banner. He has previously toured the country with a stand-up show entitled 'Not Appropriate', dedicated to the business of teaching.

When?
Wednesday, February 22 2017 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Various

What's the talk about?

THIS EVENT IS TWO WEEKS LATER THAN USUAL.
Please take note of the changed date; we hope this doesn't cause any issue
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You may remember - and hopefully came to! - our EU Referendum event back in May 2016 where Dr Phil Daniels (Newcastle) and Professor Anand Menon (Kings College London) partook in a chaired discussion on the positive and negatives of the EU, with the aim to bring extra clarity and insist to a difficult and hard to follow political campaign. As they say - the rest is history.

Ms May has decided that Article 50 should be triggered, and thus begin our exit negotiations from the EU, no later than the end of March 2017.

We'll be continuing our efforts in bringing clarity to the very divisive and murky waters around Brexit with a collection of lightning talks, with Q&A, to tackle as many areas as possible. This will include talks from: 

Phil Daniels - Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle, specialising in European Union politics and political economy, with future emphasis on the impact of European integration on the politics and political economy of Italy and Britain.

Dimitrios Gounopoulos - Chaired Professor of Finance, University of Newcastle, specialising in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) and also issues in Bonds Structure, Corporate Governance, Executive Compensation and Earnings Management.  His work has attracted the interest of the markets and as a result of this he was honoured with a Gong Ceremony by the Oldest Stock Exchange in the world, the NYSE – Euronext Amsterdam.

John Wildman - Professor of Health Economics, University of Newcastle, specialising in health inequalities and the social determinants of health. He has worked on oral health, Quality Adjusted Life-Years and resource allocation formulae for the Department of Health. 

David Harvey - Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Newcastle. 

Additional speakers will be added to this listing as soon as they are confirmed.

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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. Seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sam Hogarth

When?
Wednesday, January 11 2017 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Sam Hogarth

What's the talk about?

Social media is struggling with an epidemic. Fake news spreads like a virus, with its ludicrous claims and compelling headlines. Some claim it cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency. Some say it has encouraged Britain to drastically alter it's political futures. Others think it's just a bunch of opportunists running get rich quick schemes.

In a "post-truth" world, where we've had enough of experts and can prove anything with facts; what challenges must we address in order to combat fake news? As a Skeptic community, how does this affect us?

Sam is a software developer, Labour Party campaigner and co-organiser of Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub. As the proverbial intersection on the techno-politi-skeptical Venn diagram, he can provide an interesting confluence of perspectives and guide us through the murky maze of fake news. Alas, the answers to this problem are ours to decide. We're a group, let's work it out together.


This is a free event, however donations on the door would be greatly appreciated in order to cover running costs. We host our event on the first floor of the Tyneside Irish Centre, which is accessible by lift and/or stairs.

Ash returns with a successful Edinburgh Fringe show!

Ash Pryce

When?
Wednesday, December 14 2016 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the traveling 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 here last year, "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 and sometimes your grief.

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!


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

"Go see" - Edinburgh Skeptics


About Ash

Ash Pryce is a performer, director and occasional 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.

Robin Tudge

When?
Wednesday, November 9 2016 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Robin Tudge

What's the talk about?

Tours of North Korea are often dismissed as conveyor-belt propaganda shows of the best of the best - a Potemkin charade. North Korea tour leader Robin Tudge challenges this view with an illustrated talk on what you can really see. Robin Tudge is a writer and has been visiting North Korea since 2001, leading five tours there, including running in the April 2016 Pyongyang marathon.

Brian Eggo

When?
Wednesday, October 12 2016 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Brian Eggo

What's the talk about?

Every December a string of ‘psychics’ across the world use their clairvoyant powers to make predictions for the coming year, with varying degrees of success. In this talk Brian Eggo from Glasgow Skeptics will take a look at things a little closer to home. What type of predictions have Scottish psychics made in the past? What did they think was in store for us in 2016? Will they be willing to go on the record? He will also make a bold attempt to recreate the recreation of ‘The Hurkos Experiment’ – prepare to be underwhelmed!

Brian is the main organiser and primary mouthpiece of Glasgow Skeptics. As such, he has an unhealthy interest in the equally amusing and frustrating realms of woo & pseudoscience. This has caused him to spend way too much of his own money on the type of things he encourages other people not to spend their money on. He occasionally dabbles in skeptical activism when prompted, and has been known to make some awful puns on podcasts. His day job is in Training & Development, which explains a lot.

 

Myles Power

When?
Wednesday, September 14 2016 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Myles Power

What's the talk about?

For decades now, we have been told by organisations like Greenpeace, GM-Freeze, and Friends of the Earth that genetical modified (GM) food is dangerous and has been shown to be harmful to humans. They have done a great job at convincing the population of their dangers by quoting scientific literature that claims GM-food has been shown, among other things, to cause cancer, leukaemia, and stomach inflammation; but is there really any truth to this? What do the papers these organisations are promoting really say, and do they have any flaws? Or, in actual fact, are GMOs going to kill us all? In Myles' talk he is going to critique several highly referenced anti-GM papers, looking past their veneer of good science, and discovering what they really say about GMOs and the people who promote them. Myles Power runs the educational YouTube channel powerm1985. Originally from a small town in the North East of England called Middlesbrough he has spent a large portion of his dult life living in Manchester. He is a chemist who is currently working in industry, but what little free time he has he spends sharing his love of SCIENCE! through home experiments, visiting sites of scientific interest and recording angry rants at pseudoscience opponents. He studied chemistry, specialising in organic chemistry at the Universities of Manchester and Toronto. Later in his career, he moved more towards bio-chemistry and worked on projects including synthesising various nucleic acid analogues for non-enzymatic transcription and controlling gene expression using a mutant riboswitch. He has over 7 years of experience working in a research lab, which has given him the skills he needs to research and debunk virus psuedoscience theories. Some of the theories he has discussed on his YouTube channel including AIDS denialists, 9/11 truthers, the anti-vaccination movement and homeopathy. In addition to being one of the founding members of the podcast The League of Nerds, he is also an original and stauch member of Teesside Skeptics-in-the-Pub. More about Myles here: https://mylespower.co.uk/about-myles/

How to Market Yourself on Online Dating Sites

David Frank

When?
Wednesday, August 10 2016 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
David Frank

What's the talk about?

Have you ever used an online dating site or app of any kind ever before? Including Tinder?
Marketer & former radio show host David Frank will be talking about all things online dating, sex & porn. We could all use some tips on how to market ourselves, whether looking for love online, or trying to make the best impression in any situation. 
There's a marketer’s insight into porn for women, the formulas romance novels use for their plots & covers, and we'll look at the statistics behind the UK's porn viewing. This talk will prove you're attractive to a great many people, and we'll use science to prove it! There’ll be singing, an acted romance scene, & a very interesting Q&A afterward. 

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.

Maeve Hanan

When?
Wednesday, July 13 2016 at 7:30PM

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43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Maeve Hanan

What's the talk about?

The World is full of advice about food and dieting. Much of it is conflicting, misleading, based on pseudoscience and anecdotes and fuelled by celebrity culture and the media. Despite this abundance of dietary information, much of the Developed World is undergoing an epidemic of obesity and diabetes. So how do we know which dietary advice to believe? What should we be eating to maximise our health? What other factors are important as part of a healthy lifestyle?

Maeve Hanan is a registered Dietitian (a protected title for a health professional qualified to give dietary advice to individuals and the public). She will attempt to guide us through the minefield of the modern diet, and separate the facts from the fads.