Bristol Skeptics in the Pub is a monthly meeting and talk hosted by the Bristol Skeptics Society for those interested in science, history, psychology, philosophy, investigative journalism, and how to examine extraordinary claims of all types.
 
Bristol Skeptics in the Pub meet every fourth Wednesday of the month at Smoke and Mirrors. Admission is free with a collection during the interval (suggested donation £3-5).
 
Previous speakers include Simon Singh, David Colquhon, David Nutt, Susan Blackmore, and many more.

A History

John Stabler

When?
Wednesday, January 28 2015 at 7:00PM

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Where?

8 Denmark Street, Bristol, BS1 5DQ

Who?
John Stabler

What's the talk about?

In 1976 an arcade game called Death Race allowed players to run down pixelated black and white "gremlins" that were labelled as pedestrians. It was heavily criticised in the media and the modern campaign against violent video games was born.
 
Technology and computer graphics evolved to allow violence to be depicted in even more gratuitous and realistic ways. Once video gameds went mainstream they were increasingly linked to acts of teen violence.
 
This talk presents a timeline of violent video games: showing the games themselves, the advances in technology that enabled them, what outraged the media, the campaigns and court-cases that resulted and some of the scientific studies that have been used in the ensuing arguments.
 
DOORS: 19:00
START: 19:30
Admission is FREE and there will be a collection during the interval (suggested donation £3-5).

 
John Stabler, by day, works as a computer programmer for a small company in Cardiff.
By night he is a roguish, red wine supping know-it-all who likes to annoy people who talk nonsense by pointing out just how absurd what they say is .John is current caretaker host of Cardiff Skeptics In The Pub.
John loves science, skepticism, philosophy and programming stuff. He also likes mentalism & illusion, comedy, movies and gaming.
 
WARNING: This talk will feature videos showing media and video game violence (including physical & sexual violence and gore) which is not suitable for under 18s or people who are sensitive to such material.

And An Introduction to SpeakEzee

Prof. Bruce Hood

When?
Wednesday, February 25 2015 at 7:00PM

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Where?

8 Denmark Street, Bristol, BS1 5DQ

Who?
Prof. Bruce Hood

What's the talk about?

What makes the human brain so special? What makes us human? In this talk Professor Bruce Hood will reveal an intriguing hypothesis about the evolution of prosociality and the future of human interactions.
 
DOORS: 19:00
START: 19:30
Admission is FREE and there will be a collection during the interval (suggested donation £3-5).

 
Professor Bruce Hood is an award-winning psychologist, and Director of the Cognitive Development Centre at the University of Bristol.

 

Prof. Jim Dunwell

When?
Wednesday, March 25 2015 at 7:00PM

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Where?

8 Denmark Street, Bristol, BS1 5DQ

Who?
Prof. Jim Dunwell

What's the talk about?

Jim Dunwell is Professor of Plant Biotechnology at the University of Reading where his research projects include plant genetics and physiology. Previously he spent 10 years in industry developing methods for the production of transgenic (GM) plants. He has a longstanding interest in the regulation of GM crops and is a member of the Defra Advisory Committee for Releases to the Environment (ACRE), the group that advises the UK government on the growing of GM crops in the field.
 
DOORS: 19:00
START: 19:30
Admission is FREE and there will be a collection during the interval (suggested donation £3-5).

 
In this talk Professor Dunwell will discuss the 30 year history of transgenic (GM) plants and their present position in global agriculture. This will include details of the various types of crops being grown now, and what types of crops are in the development phase. He will also consider how such crops are tested for their possible impact on human and environmental safety, how they are regulated prior to commercial cultivation, and the contrasting attitudes to GM crops in various parts of the world.