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 10 pub talks per year, if not more. . 

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-- Stoke Sitp Team 

 

Expansionist Policies in Education

David Pollock

When?
Wednesday, November 12 2014 at 7:00PM

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Where?

67 Etruria Old Road,
Etruria,
Stoke-On-Trent,
ST1 5PE.

Who?
David Pollock

What's the talk about?

PLEASE NOTE this is the second Wednesday of the month

The talk commences with an historical account of the Church of England's involvement with education. The Church like to proclaim that it pioneered schooling in the 19th century in the face of government indifference, but in fact the truth is quite the opposite. In the present day the Church is rapidly expanding its network of schools with the explicit aim of protecting its own future in the face of modern secularism and indifference toward church teachings. The aim: If people will not come willingly to church, then the church will going after them, through their children's schools.

 

David Pollock is a trustee of the British Humanist Association and sometime president of the European Humanist Federation.

 

£3 per head will get you a ticket in our drinks raffle,

two lucky attendees will win a FREE pint on the night.

Sense About Science

Dr Chris Peters

When?
Wednesday, December 3 2014 at 7:00PM

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Where?

67 Etruria Old Road,
Etruria,
Stoke-On-Trent,
ST1 5PE.

Who?
Dr Chris Peters

What's the talk about?

 This isn’t just a simple talk; it’s a call to arms.

 

Every day, we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not. These claims can't be regulated; every time one is debunked another pops up – like a game of whack-a-mole. So how can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them, or buy their products, then we should ask them for evidence, as consumers, patients, voters and citizens.

 

The Ask for Evidence campaign has seen people ask a retail chain for the evidence behind its MRSA resistant pyjamas; ask a juice bar for the evidence behind wheatgrass detox claims; ask the health department about rules for Viagra prescriptions; ask for the studies behind treatments for Crohn's disease, and hundreds more. As a result, claims are being withdrawn and bodies held to account.

 

This is geeks, working with the public, to park their tanks on the lawn of those who seek to influence us. And it's starting to work. Come and hear what the campaign is going to do next and how you can get involved.

 

The Ask for Evidence campaign can be found here. http://www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/a4e.html

 

£3 per head will get you a ticket in our drinks raffle,

two lucky attendees will win a FREE pint on the night.