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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Trevor Sloughter

When?
Tuesday, March 17 2020 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Friar Lane,
Leicester
LE1 5RA

Who?
Trevor Sloughter

What's the talk about?

Climate science is one of the most diverse fields of research spanning from statistical physics of air molecules to geology and geochemistry of million year old rock formations. The aim of this talk is to illuminate through discussion some of how the small scale is done (say, measuring an air bubble in an ice core), how it's built up into the large scale (through statistics, modelling, and meta-analysis), and some of the history that has led to the present consensus.

Trevor Sloughter is a research associate at Oxford's Department of Zoology who is also completing a PhD in ecological modelling of sub-Arctic seas at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. He's been working in ecological modelling since his Master's in Geosciences out of a peculiar fascination with epistemology and philosophy of science.

Marie Lefabvre

When?
Tuesday, April 21 2020 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Friar Lane,
Leicester
LE1 5RA

Who?
Marie Lefabvre

What's the talk about?

Dr Marie Lefebvre completed her doctorate investigating the factors influencing citizens to repair small electrical products to support the academic discussion on the role of citizens in facilitating the transition towards the Circular economy.

She also supports Leicester Fixers and Leicestershire Fixers Community in organising repair events across the county, promoting repair and greater community cohesion. At Marie's viva, one of the examiner shared the skepticism of fellow academics about whether the Circular Economy would work or not and ask Marie "shall we just erase everything and start from scratch?" In this talk, Marie will reflect on her research, her work in the community, the skepticism around the Circular economy and try to identify what we need to support or erase if we want to facilitate the transition towards a more sustainable system of consumption and production.

Sean Slater

When?
Tuesday, May 19 2020 at 7:30PM

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Where?

8 Friar Lane,
Leicester
LE1 5RA

Who?
Sean Slater

What's the talk about?

5th generation mobile networks are coming in for increasing criticism by otherwise reputable sources and commentators. Its been demonised as mind-control, as using ‘untested, weapons-grade, ultra-high frequency technology’ and to cause severe harm to the population just by existing. Is it a back-door for governments to manage their population through technology? Are we simply leaving ourselves open to overseas countries to infiltrate our national infrastructure? Are there real dangers to this new technology? Sean Slater will try and address these fears head on and create some clarity around what 5G is and what it is not.

Sean has worked in the mobile phone business for over 25 years and has seen 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G being rolled out by several different networks. He is also the vice-chair of Edinburgh Skeptics and as such has taken an interest in the pseudoscience surrounding his industry.

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