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March 2019

*Cancelled* A Skeptics Guide To Spotting Bullshit *Cancelled*

27th March 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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  *Cancelled*  Apologies, but due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. Do you have a blind spot? You’re probably sure that other people have. When Carmen started looking into the subject she found that sometimes, just when it’s important, our capacity for critical thinking goes out of the window and we make poor decisions. In this talk Carmen will take us through: An introduction to the many different shades of bullshit How to spot it live in action…

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Crime, what crime?

27th March 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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Brexit has highlighted the media world that we live in; television, newspapers, social media, podcasts; we all rely on these mediums for our ‘facts’. But what we also know from the Brexit debate is that much of what we see, read or hear isn’t fact; most is opinion, conjecture misinterpretation, or simply ‘fake news’. As a lawyer, I am conscious that the Brexit debate has led to misconceptions regarding EU law, whether that is in terms of the scope of…

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April 2019

Neurotribes And The Pleasure Of Being Labelled

2nd April 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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Neurotribes David Forsythe was a GP in Wateringbury for 30ish interesting years. When his mother, a primary school teacher, asked him ‘Have you read Jane Austin’s Persuasion’? he replied he'd never read a book from end to end. She dismissed him with a ‘Don’t be silly, you’re a GP!’. Having been diagnosed as being dyslexic at the late age 44, and due to better diagnosis and modern research, potentially somewhere on the Autistic spectrum, these discoveries led to the research…

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Myths and Legends of Transylvania

23rd April 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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Transylvania is a byword for vampires and gypsy magic – but there is so much more strangeness that makes Dracula look pretty tame. Lore is passed on through fireside tales of demons, underworlds and wicked spirits that exist alongside humans, of a creator God who has long abandoned his world. Transylvania has long been a place of conflict, of cultural clashes and invasion. Within this unique European pressure cooker of faith and war, supernatural beliefs took hold in everyday life.…

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May 2019

*Postponed* What Every Parent Needs To Know About Steiner Schools

28th May 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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Steiner School taken by Nigel Cox *Postponed due to illness* With Michael Gove and the coalition approving new Steiner Schools to open under the Free School Programme, it is timely to look closely at the origins and beliefs of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the occult movement of Anthroposophy. Steiner was a mystic who believed he had direct clairvoyant access to cosmic knowledge. As such he developed an esoteric belief system based on karma, reincarnation, astrology, homeopathy and gnomes. His…

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June 2019

Forgetting Ourselves: Reflections On Memory And Identity

26th June 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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Professor Chris French, head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, explores the myriad ways in which are our memories can fail us. Together we’ll consider the unreliability of eyewitness testimony and its consequences, as well as our tendency to create entirely false memories, either spontaneously or as a result of dubious forms of psychotherapy or manipulations by devious experimental psychologists. We’ll also explore the phenomenon of “non-believed memories”; that is, that strange phenomenon whereby we have a clear…

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July 2019

Sell Off- Film Screening

30th July 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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'Sell Off' is a film by Peter Bach about the selling off, privatisation of our health service, and dismantling of our NHS. The film is just under an hour long, and charts how successive governments have dismantled our health service over a 30 year period. This documentary is split into 10 chapters, and features many health professionals on the front line. Speakers following the film will update people as to the situation today, what is happening to our local hospitals,…

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Tall Building Fire Safety: The Burning Issue

31st July 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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The vast majority of buildings are a mixture of ignition sources and materials that can act as fuel meaning fire risks have to be managed carefully. Tall buildings, especially where people live, are a particular challenge because of their shape and size. In this lecture Dr Claire M Benson will discuss the technical measures that are meant to be put in place to prevent a 'towering inferno' scenario, as well as the oversight failures identified before, and following, the tragic…

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November 2019

When The Uncertainty Principle Goes To 11

26th November 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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When the Uncertainty Principle goes to 11. There are deep and fundamental links between quantum physics and heavy metal. I know that a Skeptics In The Pub audience will be deeply sceptical about that claim, but there are. Really. Far from being music for Neanderthals, as it’s too often construed, metal can be harmonically and rhythmically complex. That complexity is the source of many connections to quantum physics. You’ll discover how the uncertainty principle can be found in chugging guitar…

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February 2020

Talk Yourself Better

27 February @ 19:30 - 21:30
Market House, 30 Earl Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PS United Kingdom
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Comedy writer and journalist Ariane Sherine created and organised the Atheist Bus Campaign, persuading Richard Dawkins and Humanists UK to support her – and buses with variations on the slogan ‘There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life’ ran in 13 countries across the globe. As a result, Ariane received an Inbox full of hate mail from Christians, which eventually led to a major nervous breakdown and suicidal ideation. She ended her journalistic career, and didn’t write…

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