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 backroom of the Star Inn, Guildford.

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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Oliver Meech

When?
Wednesday, April 30 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

103 Stoke Rd,
Guildford,
Surrey
GU1 4JN

Who?
Oliver Meech

What's the talk about?

 Oliver Meech meddles with forces we barely understand, in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. Amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. It's the Natural Selection!

"my jaw hit the floor" - BBC Radio

"could rival Derren Brown" - theatre-wales.co.uk

"hilarious" - Buxton Fringe

Magic Consultant: Discovery Channel

Total Sell-Out: Edinburgh Fringe

Recommended: Time Out

Oliver Meech studied Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, Creativity at top London ad agencies and Trickery at The Magic Circle. He fuses all three to produce magic that’s "fascinating and different from other magicians" (Girl Who Just Wants To Be Entertained). He's performed at the London 2012 Olympics and briefly turned himself into a chicken at the Natural History Museum (no, really). Off-stage, he's the author of 3 critically-acclaimed magic books. He lives in Kent with his wife, daughter and pet toad.

 

SHOWREEL: youtube.com/watch?v=GA_npEm3HfY

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/magicmeech

WEBSITE: magicmeech.com

TWITTER: @magicmeech

How quackery corrupts real science

Professor David Colquhoun

When?
Wednesday, May 28 2014 at 8:00PM

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103 Stoke Rd,
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GU1 4JN

Who?
Professor David Colquhoun

What's the talk about?

One of the UK's most outspoken and well-qualified opponents of alternative medicine and bad science, pharmacologist David Colquhoun runs the DC's Improbable Science blog, which is devoted to criticism of scientific fraud and quackery. It has a particular focus on alternative medicine, including homeopathy, Traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine and other practices, which he calls 'pure gobbledygook'.


In addition to his outspoken disapproval of alternative medicine in academia, Colquhoun frequently speaks against misrepresentation of alternative medicine as science in the media, and against governmental support of it. His blog discusses also wider problems in science, medicine and Higher Education. It was listed among the 100 best blogs in 2009. It was blog of the week in the New Statesman (30 May 2010). And in 2012 it was co-winner of the first UK Science Blog Prize, awarded by the Good Thinking Society.

Professor Colquhoun will also touch on the bad advice around diets and health, based on his article online.

Colquhoun was a member of the Conduct and Competence Committee of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), a regulatory body for alternative medicine in the UK. Colquhoun has stated he was surprised at being accepted for the position. However, he was dismissed in August 2010.

Colquhoun, FRS is a British pharmacologist at University College London (UCL). He has contributed to the general theory of receptor and synaptic mechanisms of single ion channel function. He previously held the A.J. Clark chair of Pharmacology at UCL, and was the Hon. Director of the Wellcome Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology. He was made a fellow of the Royal Society in 1985 and an honorary fellow of UCL in 2004. Colquhoun runs the website DC's Improbable Science, which is critical of pseudoscience, particularly alternative medicine, and managerialism.

That guilty look

Kat Ford

When?
Wednesday, June 25 2014 at 7:30PM

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103 Stoke Rd,
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GU1 4JN

Who?
Kat Ford

What's the talk about?

The notion that one can judge a person’s character on the basis of their facial appearance is an idea that dates back to the ancient Greeks and for a short period, the practice of physiognomy was considered scientific. Despite the fact that this ancient practice has long been discredited, the idea that one can “read” a person’s character simply by looking at their face still persists within folk psychology. In fact, this belief and our natural tendency to judge people on the basis of facial appearance has a surprisingly pervasive effect on all of our lives.

In this talk Kathryn Ford will look at the modern face of physiognomy trying to answer questions such as; why do we judge people as soon as we see them? How accurate are these judgements? And does facial appearance effect how people are treated within the criminal justice system?

Warning: This talk will involve some discussion of rape.

Kathryn Ford received a BSc in Neuroscience and Psychology from Keele University in 2011 and an MSc in Evolutionary Psychology from Brunel University in 2012.

Ed Morrison

When?
Wednesday, August 27 2014 at 7:30PM

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103 Stoke Rd,
Guildford,
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GU1 4JN

Who?
Ed Morrison

What's the talk about?

 A thought can be implanted into your mind without you knowing.

Your memory power can be more than doubled almost instantly.

Your physical performance can be improved using mind over matter.

Hear extraordinary claims about what your mind can and cannot do. But which is fact and which is fake? Join in with a series of demonstrations then decide for yourself.

Ed Morrison is an academic psychologist at the University of Portsmouth. His research interests are around evolutionary psychology and human mate choice. Alongside these academic interests he enjoys exploring the limits of what people believe science in general, and psychology in particular, can and cannot explain.

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