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.

David Warden

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

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
David Warden

What's the talk about?

‘Some people are sick and tired of positive psychologists trying to make them happier.’ So wrote the authors of one of the best books on the new science of happiness.

Why can’t we just stick with Freud’s gloomy pessimism? He thought the best that can be hoped for is ‘the transformation of hysterical misery into common unhappiness’. Whatever your take on happiness you’ll gain a lot from David Warden’s critical and thoughtful approach to this controversial subject.

David is chair of Dorset Humanists and he’s a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development. He recently ran a well-attended 6-week evening course on the science, philosophy and psychology of happiness, well-being and human flourishing. “A very well-run course, extensively prepared and researched, professionally presented.”

 

How we get science coverage wrong

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

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
David Robert Grimes

What's the talk about?

Science and medicine have transformed our lives immeasurably, and never in history have they been more central to our lives and well-being. Yet despite this, there is often a glaring disconnect between the findings of actual science and media reporting of such topics, and consequently there is often a needless chasm between public perception and the evidence on many contentious topics. This can lead to needlessly adversarial and counter-productive discourse of everything from vaccination to climate-change.

In this talk, physicist and science journalist Dr. David Robert Grimes discusses the frequent problems in reporting science from misunderstandings to bad statistics to false balance, and discusses the factors that influence this and how such problems can be remedied.

Dr. David Robert Grimes (@drg1985) is a physicist and writes regular opinion and analysis pieces on scientific issues for the Irish Times and the Guardian science. He keeps a blog on these topics at www.davidrobertgrimes.com

Ask for Evidence

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

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
TBC

What's the talk about?