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.

Our upcoming events are listed below.  If you're new to this site, please read the about us page.

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Pixie Turner

When?
Tuesday, March 19 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Friar Lane,
Leicester
LE1 5RA

Who?
Pixie Turner

What's the talk about?

Despite a wealth of information at our fingertips there are still so many things we get wrong about our health, and with a new diet book out every other day it’s no wonder people are confused. What should we be eating? When? How often? Just how important is food when it comes to our overall health?

Humans have always been a bit weird around food. We’re told eating certain foods are the key to living longer, some foods are ‘sinful’ or ‘bad’, that ‘you are what you eat’, and that we must seek to obtain health at all costs. All this means we follow crazy diets that make things worse rather than better, and have a population where most of us dislike our bodies.

Pixie will unpack why diet and nutrition misinformation is so problematic, on social media, in mass media, and on a public health level, and why we could all benefit from taking a moment to assess our personal relationship with food. Expect some mythbusting, diet rants, and lots of fully-referenced evidence-based science. 

 

Pixie is a nutritionist (ANutr), food blogger, and science communicator. She graduated with a First Class degree in Biochemistry, and went on to complete a Masters in Nutrition with Distinction. She is the brains behind the 'Pixie Nutrition' social media accounts, which aim to infiltrate the wellness movement and debunk nutrition misinformation online. In addition, she has been featured as a nutrition expert on BBC and Channel 5, and in publications such as Red magazine, Evening Standard, Grazia, the Telegraph and more. Her first book, ‘The Wellness Rebel’ was published early 2018, with her second book, ‘The No Need to Diet Book’ released March 2019.

David Baker

When?
Tuesday, April 16 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Friar Lane,
Leicester
LE1 5RA

Who?
David Baker

What's the talk about?

In this talk David considers how increasingly aggressive policing in the US leads to citizens dying after police contact. It examines how race, mental health and gender can play a part in who dies and how they die. The talk is based off research undertaken in 16 US states with families who had lost loved ones to police violence. It argues that violent death is normalised in the US, and that policing is in some ways a reflection of this normalisation.

David is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Coventry University. His research focuses on police accountability in relation to deaths after police contact. His book ‘Deaths after police contact: Constructing accountability in the 21st century’, was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2016. His most recent research papers focus on the impact of these deaths on the families of the victims of police violence in the United States. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Four Thought’ talking about his US research and written several articles for the online academic website ‘The Conversation.’

Alex Farrow

When?
Tuesday, May 21 2019 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Friar Lane,
Leicester
LE1 5RA

Who?
Alex Farrow

What's the talk about?

 Alex Farrow is a philosophy teacher and stand-up comedian who will be exploring what he learnt from teaching philosophy in a 6th form college to Muslim and Christian teenagers in East London.

The questions he found himself addressing were:

What place do philosophy and skepticism have in the school classroom?

What is the "British values agenda" and are British values under attack?

What is the role of the teacher in creating, challenging and shaping the ethical and social opinions of young people?

Alex has been invited to perform stand-up comedy about philosophy everywhere from Mervyn Stutter's pick of the Edinburgh Fringe, the National Museum of Scotland, music festivals, comedy clubs around the UK and the Oxford University Teaching Awards. He was also Farmington Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford in 2015 researching Philosophy in Schools. 

He is the host of Jericho Comedy Oxford. Jericho Comedy raised £8,700 for the mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind last year for more information about them visit www.tighfive.org/jerichocomedy

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