Welcome to Guildford Skeptics in the Pub. We host speakers on subjects such as science, superstition, alternative medicine, philosophy and religion* in the relaxed atmosphere of the function room of the Stoke Pub and Pizzeria.

Speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and viewpoints but, ultimately, are skeptical. Skepticism, put basically, is an insistence on robust evidence for claims; claims of the efficacy of alternative medicine, the existence of mystical beings, crytozoological oddities and deities; the claims of psychics, astrological predictions... and more!

Guildford Skeptics is one of a collective group of Skeptics in the Pub Groups in the South East - conveniently named the South East Skeptics' Society! What does that mean for you, and for our speakers? Well, there's a whole page on it, here

*not an exhaustive list!

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Alan Henness

When?
Wednesday, January 28 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

103 Stoke Rd,
Guildford,
Surrey
GU1 4JN

Who?
Alan Henness

What's the talk about?

Over the last four years, the Nightingale Collaboration has given the Advertising Standards Authority possibly their most difficult challenge: curbing the misleading claims made on complementary and alternative therapy websites. But as a result, many practitioners have realised their responsibilities and taken down long lists of 'what homeopathy can help with...', 'how craniosacral therapy can cure your baby's colic', etc, etc. Some, however, continue to defy the regulator.

The Nightingale Collaboration has been using other regulators as well, eg the medicines regulator, the MHRA, to ensure manufacturers, sellers and advertisers of homeopathic and herbal medicines comply with the rules, regulations and laws they are supposed to, and Trading Standards to make complaints about claims for cancer treatments.

Alan Henness, one of the directors of the Nightingale Collaboration, will talk about what they've been up to and their future plans.

The Nightingale Collaboration

Lewis Dartnell

When?
Wednesday, February 25 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

103 Stoke Rd,
Guildford,
Surrey
GU1 4JN

Who?
Lewis Dartnell

What's the talk about?

Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or a viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it is over and humanity must start again. What would you need to know to not only survive in the immediate aftermath, but avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the rebooting of civilisation from scratch? The Knowledge is a grand thought experiment on the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Dr Lewis Dartnell He is the author of Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide, My Tourist Guide to the Solar System and The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch.

Iszi Lawrence

When?
Wednesday, March 25 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

103 Stoke Rd,
Guildford,
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Who?
Iszi Lawrence

What's the talk about?

The Z List Dead List is a comedy/history talk about obscure people from history. It runs as a regular comedy show in London but Iszi is taking it out on the road and devised a talk just for skeptics.

Iszi Lawrence got into skepticism for one reason. She liked woo. Lots of woo. She also likes history. There are countless messiahs, quacks, prophets and charlatans in History and each one deserves recognition. She is going to force you to enjoy the fun side of quackery and also tell you how these people managed to succeed in against common sense and reason.  Also there will be a vote for your favourite. And a competition.

You can find out more by listening to the iTunes New & Noteworthy podcast by visiting www.zlistdeadlist.com

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