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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Doctors of Delusion, Medical Mavericks and Healthcare Hucksters

Dr. Richard Rawlins MB BS MBA FRCS

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

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
Dr. Richard Rawlins MB BS MBA FRCS

What's the talk about?

Quack:

‘A turdy-facy, nasty-paty, lousy, fartical rogue’ -Ben Jonson, Volpone (1606) 

‘A boastful pretender to an art he does not understand. An artful tricking practitioner in Physic.’ -Samuel Johnson, Dictionary (1755)


In this talk, Richard tells of some of the more egregious practitioners of pseudo-medicine, purveyors of false promises and fraudulent charlatans who have preyed on the vulnerable and gullible down the ages. Here he applies his experience as a surgeon and intuition as a magician to a critical consideration of deceit, deception and downright skull-duggery.

Richard revealed The Secrets of Alternative Medicine to Bournemouth Skeptics in the Pub last August. Now he turns his attention to the practitioners, puffs and promoters who still prey on those who lack sufficient scepticism.

Dr. Richard Rawlins is a former lecturer in Anatomy, King’s College, London, Clinical Director of Surgery and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Bedford Hospital and Chairman of the UK Consultants Conference. Now retired from the NHS, Richard continues in practice as an expert witness for the courts and the GMC in cases of personal injury and clinical negligence.

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.

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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.