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.

Kevin Precious

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

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Where?

7 Market Hill
Barnsley
S70 2PX


www.oldno7barnsley.co.uk

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.

The pathway to intended violence for mass shooter Dylann Roof

Dr Clare Allely

When?
Thursday, June 7 2018 at 8:00PM

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Where?

7 Market Hill
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Who?
Dr Clare Allely

What's the talk about?

In this talk, the Path towards Intended Violence will be applied in the case of the mass shooting perpetrated by Dylann Roof on June 17, 2015 at an Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. This perspective is important since it attempts to build on accounts regarding how he progressed towards his mass shooting, beyond the information presented in the forensic evaluations already available. Forensic evaluations will also be explored. Finally, the Path towards Intended Violence will be discussed as a potential way forward towards trying to identify individuals who may be more vulnerable and at-risk, so that appropriate interventions and supports can be put in place in order that such extreme violence can be prevented.

Dr Clare Allely is a Reader in Forensic Psychology at the University of Salford and an affiliate member of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre (GNC) at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Dr Allely holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Manchester, having previously graduated with an MA (hons.) in Psychology from the University of Glasgow, an MRes in Psychological Research Methods from the University of Strathclyde and an MSc degree in Forensic Psychology from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Marek Kukula

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

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Where?

7 Market Hill
Barnsley
S70 2PX


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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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Where?

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.

Paul Duncan McGarrity

When?
Thursday, September 6 2018 at 8:00PM

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Where?

7 Market Hill
Barnsley
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Who?
Paul Duncan McGarrity

What's the talk about?

Well, they always said that the best jokes are the old ones, so why not ask an archaeologist?

An archaeologist and comedian (same person, Paul Duncan McGarrity) sits in a room and answers your questions on any subject as honestly as possible. Could be rude, probably crude. Be prepared to talk candidly with the protection of context.

'Like a very tall, funny, excited child' (Scotsman)