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.

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).

What's The Alternative?

Keith Kahn-Harris

When?
Wednesday, June 12 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road
Charminster
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH8 8PX

Who?
Keith Kahn-Harris

What's the talk about?

One of the most challenging and frustrating questions for scientists is how to combat denialism: Holocaust denial, global warming denial, anti-vaxxers, 911 conspiracism, creationism and more. Debunking denialist claims is essential - yet also rarely effective. We are now living in a world where even the most apparently basic truths are routinely contested. 

In this talk, Keith Kahn-Harris, author of Denial: The Unspeakable Truth, argues that to really understand denialism, we have to face up to what he calls 'the deniers alternative'. Denialism emerges when this alternative is so 'unspeakable' that denialism becomes a preferable option. In thinking about how to combat denialism, we also have to consider whether a world without it might not be a truth-filled utopia, but something even worse. 

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Dr Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist and writer. Denial: The Unspeakable Truth is his fifth book. His badly-designed website can be found at kahn-harris.org and he tweets irregularly at @KeithKahnHarris

When?
Tuesday, July 9 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road
Charminster
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH8 8PX

Who?
Marika Taylor

What's the talk about?

A quantum computer makes use of the quantum states of subatomic particles to store and process information. Quantum computing has the potential to solve problems faster than standard computers can do, and thus many researchers are working on developing large scale quantum computers.

Remarkably, black holes can help us understand how a quantum computer might work: black holes are believed to be the most efficient quantum computers than can exist in nature.

In this talk we will explain what black holes might teach us about quantum computing and conversely what quantum theory implies about the fundamental properties of black holes.

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Marika Taylor studied for her PhD with Stephen Hawking in Cambridge. Following research at Cambridge and Harvard, she spent ten years working at the University of Amsterdam. She is currently the Head of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Southampton.

Jon Butterworth

When?
Tuesday, September 10 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road
Charminster
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH8 8PX

Who?
Jon Butterworth

What's the talk about?

Jon Butterworth will explore our current state of knowledge of particle
physics, the so-called standard model, which was completed by the
discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. This gives us a map of the
invisible world of subatomic physics. But what does the map reveal, what
lies beyond its limits and what are the latest experiments telling us?

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Jon is a physics professor at University College London who works on the
Atlas experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. He won the Chadwick
prize of the Institute of Physics in 2013 for his “pioneering
experimental and phenomenological work in high-energy particle physics,
especially in the understanding of hadronic jets”.