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Rob Bailey

When?
Tuesday, August 4 2015 at 7:30PM

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38 West Street
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Who?
Rob Bailey

What's the talk about?

 Rob Bailey is a Chartered Psychologist, member of the Magic Circle and a veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where for 4 years he performed a one-man show as a 'mind reader'. During that time he felt increasing unease that although the show was meant to parody psychic powers and encourage critical thinking, he was actually replacing his audience's belief in the paranormal with unwarranted beliefs in impossible psychological powers.

His new show is a response to that unease: Rob has stripped back his rountines to include only genuine psychological principles. He will perform a few routines, followed by explanations (e.g quirks of bias, memory, perception). Exclusively for Skeptics, he will also discuss his thoughts about the pitfalls of attempting to promote ciritical thinking by illusions.

:A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

James Ward

When?
Tuesday, July 7 2015 at 7:30PM

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Who?
James Ward

What's the talk about?

James's calling in life is to find the fascinating in the seemingly mundane. His latest accomplishment in that effort is to wrtie a brilliantly witty and insightful best-selling book on stationery! Conscious of the overstatement, but nevertheless, James believes stationery is responsbile for human civilisation. Giving the means of transmitting accumulated knowledge, stationery was the catalyst for catapulting us out of the swamps and into the office!

Packed with fascinating tales about maverick people, accidental world-changing inventions and monumental designs, James's book "Adventures in Stationery" can probably be described as the world's leading tome on stationery. Come and hear his great talk and see for yourself the intrigue and interest that lies behind the unnoticeable items in your desk tidy.

Luke Harding

When?
Tuesday, June 2 2015 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Luke Harding

What's the talk about?

Chichester Skeptics in the Pub welcome journalist Luke Harding to give a talk this month on Vladimir Putin's Russia. Luke will give a unique, personal and compelling portrait of today's Russia, tow decades after communisim, that reads like a spy thriller.

In 2007 Luke arrived in Moscow to take up a position as the Guardian's Russian correspondent. Within months, mysterious agents from Russia's Federal Security Service - the successor to the KGB - had broken into his flat. he found himself being tailed by men in cheap leather jackets, bugged and event summoned to a KGB prison.

The break-in was the beginning of an extraordinary psychological war against the journalist and his family. Putin's spies used tactics developed by the KGB and perfected in the 1970s by the Stasi. The clandestine campaign burst into the public eye in 2011 when Luke was expelled from Russia - the first western reporter to be deported since the Cold War.

Luke will give a haunting account of the insidious methods used by a resurgent Kremlin against its so-called "enemies" -human rights workers, western diplomats, jorunalists and opposition activists. It includes unpublished material from confidential US diplomatic cables released last year by Wikileaks, which describe Russia as a virtual "mafia state". Luke's talk promises to be a chilling expose of a nation whose ruling elite have eroded the boundaries between government, business and organised crime.

The talk is on 2nd June at the Chichester Inn starting at 7:30pm - tickets cost £3 on the door.

How to Rebuild Our World From Scratch

Dr Lewis Dartnell

When?
Tuesday, May 5 2015 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Dr Lewis Dartnell

What's the talk about?

 Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or a viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it is over and humanity must start again. What would you need to know to not only survive in the immediate aftermath, but avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the rebooting of civilisation from scratch? The Knowledge is a grand thought experiment on the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Dr Lewis Dartnell is a research fellow at the University of Leicester, working in the field of astrobiology and the search for life beyond Earth. He has written threethe-knowledgebooks: Life in the Universe: A Beginner’s Guide, My Tourist Guide to the Solar System and The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch

Iszi Lawrence

When?
Tuesday, April 7 2015 at 7:30PM

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38 West Street
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Who?
Iszi Lawrence

What's the talk about?

 Skeptic, comedian and voice of the Skeptics Guide To The Universe, Iszi Lawrence is out to delight and inform with her new show The Z List Dead List. The Z List Dead List is a live comedy show about obscure people from History. As a skeptic, Iszi has found a few people from the past that will peak your interest. Expect woo, violence, sex and death. And a competition. The show is also a podcast with guest interviews from Jon Ronson, Griff Rhys Jones, Natalie Haynes, Neil Denny, Richard Herring etc.

News from the Energy Frontier

When?
Tuesday, March 3 2015 at 7:30PM

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What's the talk about?

 The discovery of the Higgs boson made headlines around the world. Two scientists, Peter Higgs and François Englert, whose theories predicted its existence, shared a Nobel Prize. The discovery was the culmination of the largest experiment ever run, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. But what really is a Higgs boson and what does it do? How was it found? And what will the LHC do next? Jon Butterworth, a leading member of the ATLAS experiment, will talk about all this and more.

Jon Butterworth is also Head of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCL, and writes for the Guardian at http://www.theguardian.com/science/life-and-physics

Peter Jukes

When?
Tuesday, February 3 2015 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Peter Jukes

What's the talk about?

Billed as the trial of the century, the phone hacking trials of News of the World journalists and executives lifted the lid on the murky and deceitful world of tabloid journalism. The end result was the closure of the paper, disputed verdicts, prison and the halting of News International's attempt to monopolise satellite TV in Britain. 

During the trials, Peter Jukes made legal history by live tweeting the unfolding drama from the public gallery. Gaining notoriety in the twittersphere, Peter had front row seats for the sensational revelations concerning the Millie Dowler case, the affair between Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson and the final verdicts. So determined was he to bring the details of the trial to the public that he resorted to crowd funding over the internet to find the means to last the duration. Peter will talk about his account of the phone hacking scandal, the trials that followed and his own personal story following them.

Peter is an author, screenwriter, playwright, critic and blogger. He has written scripts for TV shows such as Holby City, In Deep and Waking Dead. He is also a published author and has written books on the Murdoch empire and his latest book "Beyond Contempt" is about the hacking trials.

Alex Bellos

When?
Tuesday, November 4 2014 at 7:30PM

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Alex Bellos

What's the talk about?

 Alex Bellos will talk about his book Alex Through the Looking Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life, his follow-up to the bestselling Alex's Adventures in Numberland. In the course of the talk he will discuss his survey to discover the world's favourite number, psychological responses to mathematics and how very simple rules can generate very complex behaviour. And other fun maths stuff.

Alex Bellos is the bestselling author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, which was shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. He is the Guardian’s maths-blogger, and has worked for the paper in London and Rio de Janeiro as its unusually numerate foreign correspondent. He is currently a curator-in-residence at the Science Museum. His new book,Alex Through The Looking Glass, is out now and will be on sale on the night.

Dr Ed Morrisson

When?
Tuesday, October 7 2014 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Dr Ed Morrisson

What's the talk about?

A thought can be implanted into your mind without you knowing.

Your memory power can be more than doubled almost instantly.

Your physical performance can be improved using mind over matter.

Hear extraordinary claims about what your mind can and cannot do. But which is fact and which is fake? Join in with a series of demonstrations then decide for yourself.

Ed Morrison is an academic psychologist at the University of Portsmouth. His research interests are around evolutionary psychology and human mate choice. Alongside these academic interests he enjoys exploring the limits of what people believe science in general, and psychology in particular, can and cannot explain.

Robert Llewellyn

When?
Tuesday, September 2 2014 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Robert Llewellyn

What's the talk about?

 

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Electric cars? They're rubbish aren't they?! Nothing but glorified golf carts that take forever to charge and then run out of power on the way to the shops. Try finding somewhere to charge them. They cost a fortune to buy and another fortune to replace the battery when its range drops to half. You don't want to believe all that nonsense about them being environmentally-friendly. They are actually worse than petrol-powered cars because the batteries are made from dirty lithium and use electricity made from dirtier coal. There isn't even enough lithium in the world to make all the new batteries we'd need anyway. Electric cars are just rubbish. Aren't they? - Robert says no. This evening he'll tell us why he thinks we need to put away our prejudices and think seriously about electric vehicles as the future of transport.

Robert Llewellyn is an actor, writer, comedian, TV presenter and self-described wishy-washy liberal best known for playing the android Kryten in the long-running BBC sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf. He presented Scrapheap Challenge for 10 years and these days he can be seen on TV presenting the shows Car-Pool on Dave and How Do They Do It? on Channel 5. He is probably the UK's most prominent advocate of electric vehicles (EV) and presents a YouTube-based show called Fully Charged which documents current developments in the electric vehicle industry. He also writes a column for the EV website The Charging Point. He has been notably critical of BBC Top Gear's position on electric vehicles -  a case in point being the Top Gear "review" of the Tesla V in 2008 which is currently the subject of a lawsuit by Tesla. This February he debated the motion "This House Believes Electric Cars are the Future of Transport" at the Oxford Union. The motion was carried.

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Ben Gunn

When?
Tuesday, August 5 2014 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Ben Gunn

What's the talk about?

 What’s prison for and what does it do, punishment, protection or preparation for life on the loose? Having spent almost all of his adult life behind bars, Ben uses his experience and intellect to bring us unique insights into the workings of the penal system.

 

The Times said of him, "one of Britain's best known prisoners...he constantly questions authority and exposes the futility of the system". Ben was finally released from prison after 32 years in August 2012 after pleading guilty to the murder of a friend when he was 14 years old. He renounced violence and fought for the recognition of the inherent dignity of all human beings. As a result he served far longer than the recommended 10 years, leading Education Secretary Michael Gove to argue that he had “…been punished excessively for a crime committed as a child".

 

One of the more intellectual of prisoner-campaigners, Ben chose to educate himself from a schoolboy level to having both undergraduate and post graduate degrees. He is currently one of very few prisoners in Britain ever to attempt a Doctorate. Ben's speciality is non-violent action and the Human Needs Theory. Now on Life Licence he is forging a career as a CJ policy consultant, writer and - as ever - campaigner.

Alistair Coleman

When?
Tuesday, July 1 2014 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Alistair Coleman

What's the talk about?

As tensions between the west and Kim Jong Un increase, Journalist and North Korea Watcher Alistair Coleman will be talking about the secretive kingdom and asking how much do we really know about North Korea?

Alistair has worked at BBC Monitoring for 24 years, part of the World Service which watches and analyses the world's open source media. Starting his career as a technician, he specialises in studying media behaviour in North Korea for significant changes in tone that could betray changes in policy.

Alistair is a multiple award-winning blogger who enjoys questioning extremism, idiocy and dubious claims; including political blow-hards, religion, stage psychics, homeopaths and quackery.