Welcome to Barnsley Skeptics in the Pub!

Our meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at The Old No.7 (cellar bar).

Check the events list for upcoming speakers we have booked.

When?
Thursday, March 1 2018 at 8:00PM

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Where?

7 Market Hill
Barnsley
S70 2PX


www.oldno7barnsley.co.uk

Who?

What's the talk about?

An 80,000 word PhD thesis would take 9 hours to present….we're giving our presenters 5 minutes and two slides.

Based on the The University of Queensland developed 'Three Minute Thesis' we're allowing PhD students from Sheffield Hallam University the opportunity to showcase their exciting research. Presenting in a concise and abbreviated way under pressure increases their capacity to effectively explain their research, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are allowed two PowerPoint slides, but no other resources or props.

The idea for the Three Minute Thesis competition came about at a time when the state of Queensland was suffering severe drought. To conserve water, residents were encouraged to time their showers, and many people had a three minute egg timer fixed to the wall in their bathroom. The then Dean of the UQ Graduate School, Emeritus Professor Alan Lawson, put two and two together and the idea for the 3MT competition was born.

In this adaptation of the original idea we're allowing students 5 minutes and two slides to tell the Barnsley Skeptics the work they're engaged in. This will be followed by a 5 minute Q&A on the presentation. Students representing the disciplines of biology, materials science, psychology and design will put their work up for the scrutiny of the audience.

Sean Bw Parker

When?
Thursday, April 5 2018 at 8:00PM

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Where?

7 Market Hill
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Who?
Sean Bw Parker

What's the talk about?

Sean Bw Parker (born 19 May 1975) is a writer, musician, artist and public speaker. He lived in Istanbul for ten years until 2014, where he presented a TED talk at Istanbul's Kadir Has University titled 'Stammering and Creativity', one of the most viewed internet videos on the subject. 


Parker is a prolific writer, having published five books and with work appearing in Time Out Istanbul, Cosmopolitan (in interview), NME.com, USA Today, Multicultural Guide, Louder Than War and regularly for Getintothis.
 
With a Q&A throughout, the focus of “Stammering and the Moment” is on an existential, light-hearted view of the condition, alongside open and honest descriptions of Sean’s experiences with it. 

Kevin Precious

When?
Thursday, May 3 2018 at 8:00PM

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Where?

7 Market Hill
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Who?
Kevin Precious

What's the talk about?

Having previously performed at Barnsley SitP in 2016, Kevin Precious returns once more, honing his efforts in preparation for an Edinburgh Festival run. His Humanist perspective is welcome and his stories of teaching RE as a non-believer are right on target for a Skeptical audience.

Expect jokes and stories about teaching Religious Studies, being a Humanist, the God-Shaped Hole, little bits - here and there - relating to the Philosophy of Religion, and - ultimately - a suggestion that a secular approach to teaching the subject is the way forward.

Marek Kukula

When?
Thursday, July 5 2018 at 8:00PM

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7 Market Hill
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Who?
Marek Kukula

What's the talk about?

For more than half a century Doctor Who has been transporting viewers to adventures across the whole of space and time. In the process the series has explored a huge range of scientific ideas from black holes to alien life and artificial intelligence while, in the form of the Doctor, it’s given us an image of the scientist as hero and heroine: brave, rational and endlessly curious.

As a young Doctor Who fan growing up in Barnsley the series inspired Marek Kukula to pursue a career in astronomy and after a stint studying galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope he is now the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Marek recently teamed up with writer Simon Guerrier to produce The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who, a book that explores the facts behind the fiction. Doctor Who may not always get its science completely right but, like all great science fiction, it reminds us that the universe is an amazing place and that, even without a Tardis, a curious mind can find adventures anywhere. 

Natalie Bennett

When?
Thursday, August 2 2018 at 8:00PM

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7 Market Hill
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Who?
Natalie Bennett

What's the talk about?

Natalie Bennett was the leader of the Green Party from 2012-2016. Over that time she and the party became known as champions of the policy of universal basic income - a guarantee that people will be given an unconditional payment to meet their essential needs. She argues that it is a basic human right to life, a way of providing people with the chance to use their talents well, and ends benefit traps. No one would be left penniless, as far too many are being left now by zero-hours contracts and swingeing benefit sanctions. And it might mean that sewer cleaners are paid more than bankers - as they probably should be. 
Trials are underway now in Finland, Holland, Canada, the US and Kenya - it is an idea that is catching on fast, in part because of fears about the impact of automation on jobs.