Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub is brand new for 2014!

We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at The Brunswick Pub, 199 Malmesbury Park Rd, Charminster, BH8 8PX (5 minutes by car or 15 minutes on foot from Bournemouth Station).

Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub invite a guest speaker every month to come and discuss something interesting with us. The talks can be about science, reason and critical thinking, conspiracy, the paranormal, cults and so on. Listen, have a drink and ask some questions of our speaker.

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Sean Beer

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

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
Sean Beer

What's the talk about?

There is a growing trend in the food industry to source its food locally, as this is seen to be more environmentally friendly.  The assumption is that the shorter the distance food travels, the better.  But are we considering all of the relevant variables?

What is the evidence for these claims?  What is the effect on the overall carbon footprint and do local producer's really benefit from the ongoing changes?

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Sean Beer is a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University. He originally trained as an Agricultural Scientist gaining a BSc in Agriculture from Reading, a DipAgSci. from Massey University in New Zealand and a CertEd from Wolverhampton.

His academic work has been backed up with considerable practical experience in agriculture, marketing, the food supply chain and the rural economy in general, gained on the family farm and within associated family businesses and the food industry, local and international.

Fighting Back Against Criminal Graphs

Colin Beveridge

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

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
Colin Beveridge

What's the talk about?

There’s no such thing as an innocent graph. Almost by definition, any representation of data omits some details, and glosses over others. That’s to be expected.

But innocence is a sliding scale - and political graphs are often at the dirty end of it. With a general election coming up, it’s vital to be wise to the tricks they’ll use to convince you they’re the only sensible candidate to vote for - from selective use of data, to playing about with axes, to more subtle tricks… and to outright making things up (sorry, ‘informal polling’).

This talk uses examples from election literature to warn you about these sneaky tactics - and give you questions with which to harangue the candidates when they canvass for your vote.



Colin is the author of Basic Maths For Dummies and the Flying Colours Maths Blog (where the Maths Police hang out). When not holding politicians’ feet to the fire, he looks after baby Bill and helps students figure out A-level maths. He lives in Weymouth in a house with the same kind of sea view as Fawlty Towers.