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).

Liam Brierley

When?
Wednesday, September 12 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
Liam Brierley

What's the talk about?

We're constantly threatened by outbreaks of new viral diseases, such as SARS and Ebola. This show, first performed at the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is an interactive pandemic scenario that explores whether humanity is really at risk of extinction from the next viral outbreak. The room is quarantined because of the discovery of a new virus and we'll need the audience's help as we race to understand where this virus might have come from, whether it could go global, and how we could fight to stay one step ahead.

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Liam Brierley is a statistician and epidemiologist with reseach interests in predicting outbreaks of infectious diseases and teaching methodologies in statistics. Liam is also a media advisor for the Royal Statistical Society, and has spoken to national radio and magazines about how crunching numbers can save lives. He is currently a lecturer in statistics at Coventry University.

David Warden

When?
Wednesday, October 10 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

199 Malmesbury Park Road,
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH8 8PX

Who?
David Warden

What's the talk about?

The usual response to scepticism about whether Jesus actually existed is condescension and dismissal. It’s claimed that ‘no reputable scholars’ doubt his existence and that Jesus scepticism is a fringe topic for nutters.

All of this changed in 2014 when historian Richard Carrier published ‘On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt’ – a serious work of scholarship which concludes that, whilst the historical existence of Jesus remains a possibility, the probability of this being true is vanishingly small.

David will take us through the main arguments and let you make your own mind up.

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David Warden has a degree in theology from the University of Kent. He is chairman of Dorset Humanists and an Honorary Member of Humanists UK.