Welcome, 

To Stoke Skeptics in the Pub, the first (and hopefully not last) Skeptics in the Pub group to be set up in Staffordshire. 

Established in October 2011 we put on a minimum of 8 pub talks per year, if not more. . 

If you'd like to get involved or simply stay up-to-date on what we're up to, why not sign up to our mailing-list through our contact form. - It's literally the best way to stay informed about what we're up to.

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-- Stoke Sitp Team 

 

Professor Philip Moriarty

When?
Wednesday, May 18 2016 at 7:00PM

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   PLEASE NOTE This will be the THIRD Wednesday of the month.

 There is no doubt that quantum physics embodies mind-blowing concepts that force us to question the very nature of reality.  And if there’s a contender for our current best “theory of everything” then quantum mechanics wins hands down.

 

But, far too often, the word “quantum” signals the worst type of vacuous pseudoscientific gobbledegook. It’s exploited by those who are entirely clueless about the underlying physics -- or, worse, should know better -- to evoke a misplaced mysticism about the ‘holistic’ nature of the universe. Moreover, when consciousness and quantum collide, the nonsense factor goes through the roof…

 

Philip Moriarty will aim to tease out the science from the mysticism and show that while quantum physics certainly has its weird and wacky aspects, it’s at heart a theory of waves. That means we can very often easily interpret what’s happening at the quantum level in terms of the everyday world around us – he’ll take a look at what coffee cups, drums, and a SlinkyTM can tell us about the broader nature of the universe (and Deepak Chopra’s place in it).

 

Philip Moriarty is a professor of physics at the University of Nottingham. He tweets at @Moriarty2112 and blogs at www.muircheart.wordpress.com.

£3 per head will get you a ticket in our drinks raffle, two lucky attendees will win a FREE pint on the night.

What you really see on a North Korea tour

Robin Tudge

When?
Wednesday, June 8 2016 at 7:00PM

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Robin Tudge

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    PLEASE NOTE This will be the SECOND Wednesday of the month.

Robin Tudge is a writer based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has lived and worked in Chicago, Moscow, Hanoi, Beijing and Pyongyang.

 

Author of the No Nonsense Guide to Global Surveillance and the best-selling Rough Guide to Conspiracy Theories, and contributor to the pioneering Bradt Guide to North Korea, he has visited North Korea several times since 2001 and has led tours there in 2013 and 2015 for leading tour company, Koryo Tours.

 

This talk will be an illustrated presentation on travelling to that impoverished, surprising country, and how much one can see beyond the Potemkin illusion.

£3 per head will get you a ticket in our drinks raffle, two lucky attendees will win a FREE pint on the night.

and other Forensic Faux Pas

Emma McClure

When?
Wednesday, August 10 2016 at 7:00PM

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Emma McClure

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     PLEASE NOTE This will be the SECOND Wednesday of the month.

We've all seen it: A renegade detective pores over the scene of a grisly murder. They find an overlooked clue; a hair, a footprint, a shell casing. Detailed forensic analysis matches the clue to the bad guy, and the bad guy goes to jail. This is how modern day forensics are portrayed in shows such as 'CSI' and 'Silent Witness'; forensic evidence is seen as conclusive when it comes to catching suspects and deciding if someone is guilty in a criminal trial. But, at a time when shows like Serial and Making a Murderer have brough miscarriages of justice to international prominence, Emma McClure will explain how the traces left behind at a crime scene can sometimes lie.

 

The science in areas such as DNA collection has progressed enormously in recent decades allowing for breakthroughs in many old and cold cases. However, we have also seen many high profile exonerations of those previously convicted of the most serious of crimes on seemingly 'conclusive' forensic evidence. This has lead to increasing scrutiny of the way it is analysed, interpreted and presented in the courtroom.

 

In this talk, prison lawyer Emma McClure examines the issues with forensic techniques, highlighting the amusing, confusing and sometimes tragic consequences of failing to take a skeptical approach to evidence in the field of forensic science.

£3 per head will get you a ticket in our drinks raffle, two lucky attendees will win a FREE pint on the night.

An unofficial history of the Soviet Space Programme

Michael Lachmann

When?
Wednesday, September 14 2016 at 7:00PM

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Michael Lachmann

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      PLEASE NOTE This will be the THIRD Wednesday of the month.

 When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon in 1969 - the Americans entered history as the winners of the Space Race. This isn't their story.

Micky Lachmann is going to talk about their competitors the Soviets, and how they managed to beat the Americans to almost every milestone in Space.

It's a story we don't know very well - the Soviets operated under a shroud of almost total secrecy. But some of the early cosmonauts are still alive and have incredible and often terrifying stories to tell. So this is also an account of going to Russia and trying to find these amazing - and mostly bad tempered - men and women.

Micky studied Natural Sciences and then dropped out of a PhD in tropical fish behaviour to work in science journalism. Over 15 years at the BBC he has worked on - among other things - Walking with Beasts and many episodes of Horizon -  and he is partly responsible for bringing Brian Cox to our screens, for which he is very sorry.

£3 per head will get you a ticket in our drinks raffle, two lucky attendees will win a FREE pint on the night.

Professor Chris French

When?
Wednesday, October 5 2016 at 7:00PM

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Professor Chris French

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PLEASE NOTE, not only is this a FRIDAY, it is also

the FIRST Friday of the month!

 It's our 5th anniversary this October, and to celebrate, we are pleased to welcome back our very first speaker, Professor Chris French!

Opinion polls repeatedly show relatively high levels of belief in ghosts even in modern Western societies. Furthermore, a sizeable minority of the population claim to have personally encountered a ghost. This talk will consider a number of factors that may lead people to claim that they have experienced a ghost even though they may not in fact have done so. Topics covered will include hoaxes, sincere misinterpretation of natural phenomena, hallucinatory experiences and pareidolia (seeing things that are not there), inattentional blindness (not seeing things that are there), the fallibility of eyewitness testimony, the possible role of complex electromagnetic fields and infrasound, photographic evidence, electronic voice phenomenon (EVP), and the role of the media.

Chris French is a British psychologist specialising in the psychology of paranormal beliefs and experiences, cognition and emotion. He is the head of the University of London's Anomalistic psychology research unit and appears regularly in the media as an expert on testing paranormal claims.

£3 per head will get you a ticket in our drinks raffle, two lucky attendees will win a FREE pint on the night.