Maidenhead Skeptics in the Pub

* Free Speaker Events * Learn * Discuss * Socialise *

Open to all. Whether you are interested learning something new, science, scepticism, critical thought, philosophy, investigative journalism, politics, religion and so on- this is for you!. Everyone is welcome, whatever their preconceptions, just bring an open mind.

We invite a speaker every month to present on a topic of interest, which is followed by a discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere.

Events are on the first Wednesday of every month at The Rose in Maidenhead starting promptly at 7:30pm.

The event is free. We do welcome a voluntary £2 donation towards speaker travel.

 

A Brief History of Means of Exchange, Ancient and Modern

John Barron

When?
Wednesday, July 5 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

16 King Street
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 1EF

Who?
John Barron

What's the talk about?

 John Barron is a local Skeptic, political activist, and humanist.

A computer scientist by training, and a software developer by profession, he became interested in monetary theory and how our present financial system came into existence after the events of the Great Recession of 2009-2009.

Tom August

When?
Wednesday, September 6 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

16 King Street
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 1EF

Who?
Tom August

What's the talk about?

In this entertaining talk Tom discusses bats, from the way they navigate in total darkness to the food they eat and the valuable role they play in our lives. There is audience participation through quizzes and a simulated disease outbreak (watch out for those beach balls!) with plenty of chocolate rewards. Tom rounds of the talk by introducing his research on bats' social network, highlighting how his work has furthered our understanding of bat conservation.

From Carl Sagan to Tim Peake

Colin Stuart

When?
Wednesday, November 1 2017 at 7:30PM

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16 King Street
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 1EF

Who?
Colin Stuart

What's the talk about?

Tim Peake's recent visit to the International Space Station has placed a fresh spotlight on the latest developments in space exploration. But space travel is still a pretty new area of human endeavour and our ideas about what and who might be out there have constantly shifted over the years. One place this is particularly apparent is in the famous Christmas Lectures held by the Royal Institution each year.

Last year Colin was lucky enough to rummage around in their archives and write a book about 13 of the lectures devoted to space and time. The first was delivered way back in 1881. The last was the 2015 lectures featuring a message from Tim from orbit (he also wrote the foreword for the book). And how our ideas have changed.  In this talk Colin will be sharing some of the stories from the lectures, along with some of his favourite anecdotes about digging through the archives including finding Carl Sagan's immigration form and Dewar's radioactive notebooks.

Colin Stuart (@skyponderer) is an astronomy author, writer and speaker who talks to tens of thousands of people a year about the universe and he regularly writes for magazines including BBC Focus and New Scientist.