Skeptics in the Pub, Leicester

Skeptics in the Pub, Leicester hosts a speaker in a pub on the third Tuesday of every month. We ask for a £3 donation to speaker's expenses.

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Professor Tom Marshall

When?
Tuesday, August 20 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Friar Lane,
Leicester
LE1 5RA

Who?
Professor Tom Marshall

What's the talk about?

Complementary and alternative medicine is caricatured as unscientific and contrasted with the scientific rigor of mainstream medicine. But this is misleading. Ineffective treatments and procedures abound in mainstream medicine. There are treatments in widespread use that we know to be ineffective. There are effective treatments given to the wrong patients. There are treatments where harms and costs clearly outweigh any benefit. There are treatments where we really don’t know if they are effective or not. This talk will show the clues to overtreatment provided by looking at variations in clinical practice and will provide a number examples. It will also illustrate why the problem is so intractable.

Tom Marshall is a Professor of Public Health and Primary Care. His main medical speciality is in Public Health Medicine but he also has trained in General Practice and has studied Health Economics. Tom has contributed to local, national and international media in relation to his research, particularly in relation to prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Jack Humphries

When?
Tuesday, September 17 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Friar Lane,
Leicester
LE1 5RA

Who?
Jack Humphries

What's the talk about?

Cimate change is happening faster than expected and yet global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. The International Panel on Climate Change conservatively warned that we must halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 or else face catastrophic consequences. Extinction Rebellion are an international protest group who are using non-violent direct action to demand that governments shift towards a zero emissions, sustainable society. 

We are not a body of experts offering solutions (although we all have our own ideas on this), rather a movement that is dedicated to holding our governments to account. They have a responsibility to act now to prevent unprecedented global chaos. Come and find out about the latest climate change science, the power of protest and the principles of Extinction Rebellion.

Jack is a representative of Extinction Rebellion and a PhD student at the University of Leicester.

Kevin Precious

When?
Tuesday, October 15 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Friar Lane,
Leicester
LE1 5RA

Who?
Kevin Precious

What's the talk about?

'Unholier Than Thou: The Non-Believing Religious Studies Teacher. The show contains jokes and anecdotes in relation to his time as a Religious Studies Teacher; as well as the business of attending Humanist meetings. There'll be little bits relating to the Philosophy of Religion, and - overall - a Secular outlook in relation to teaching the subject.