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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Three PhD Students from Leicester!

When?
Tuesday, December 16 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

139 London Road,
Leicester,
LE2 1EF

Who?
Three PhD Students from Leicester!

What's the talk about?

 We’re going to be doing something a little different for December’s Skeptics in the Pub: we’re going to host “PubhD Leicester”.


PubhD is monthly event that was started up by Kash Farooq and Regan Naughton in Nottingham on January 22, 2014. At each event, three local researchers, from any academic discipline, explain their work to an audience in a pub in exchange for a pint or two. The talks are at a “pub level” - the idea is that you don’t have to be an academic to understand the talks. PubhD is spreading around the country with PubhDs starting up in Glasgow, Sheffield and Lincoln.


PubhD has a very simple format:

  1. Three speakers will each have 10 minutes to talk about their subject area to an interested audience in a pub.

  2. There will be up to 20 minutes of Q&A per speaker.

  3. Each speaker gets at least one pint (or other drink of their choice).

  4. A whiteboard and coloured pens will be provided.


The speakers for PubhD Leicester are:

  • Dr Sarah Casewell is a researcher at the University of Leicester. She researches both white and brown dwarfs, and has recently begun to investigate the effects of heating on brown dwarf atmosphere by a hot companion.

  • Katie Dexter is a second year PhD physics student. She is undertaking research in nano-medicine and is currently making magnetic nanoparticles for medical applications including potential new cancer treatments and MRI contrast agents.

  • Vicky McGowan is a final year PhD student at the University of Leicester.  She is studying what the movements of the eyes can tell us about the brain process that occur during reading, and in particular, how this can help us understand how reading changes during older age.

How to rebuild our world from scratch

Dr Lewis Dartnell

When?
Tuesday, January 20 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

139 London Road,
Leicester,
LE2 1EF

Who?
Dr Lewis Dartnell

What's the talk about?

 Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or a viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it is over and humanity must start again. What would you need to know to not only survive in the immediate aftermath, but avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the rebooting of civilisation from scratch? The Knowledge is a grand thought experiment on the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.


Dr Lewis Dartnell is a research fellow at the University of Leicester, working in the field of astrobiology and the search for life beyond Earth. He has written three books: Life in the Universe: A Beginner's GuideMy Tourist Guide to the Solar System and The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch.

"Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry"

When?
Thursday, November 19 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

139 London Road,
Leicester,
LE2 1EF

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born. This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication. Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry this fun show has regularly packed venues at the Edinburgh fringe.

Ouija Boards
Spirit Slates
Spirit Communication
Stopped Pulses
Spewing ectoplasm
And more...
 
"Ash Pryce is a naturally funny guy and won't allow his audience to be bored" "Very entertaining" - edfringereview

"Go see" - Edinburgh Skeptics
 
Ash Pryce is a performer and director based in Scotland.  He has written and staged several skeptically themed shows looking at myths & legends, ghosts, psychics and mediumship as well as producing full plays ranging from Faustus to more contemporary original shows in Edinburgh.  He is the founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, the newly started History in the Pub Edinburgh, and runs what is believed to be the worlds first skeptical ghost tour every Fringe.  He lives just outside of Edinburgh with his three Degus, one of which holds a grudge against him.