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Lewes - Skeptics in the Pub

On 12 Oct 2010 at 9:43am Lewes Skeptic wrote:
Lewes Skeptics in the Pub will be launching on 24 February 2011
See h++p://lewes.skepticsinthepub.org/ for further information.
On 12 Oct 2010 at 9:57am The Tooth Fairy wrote:
Oh, a talk on Conspiracy Theories by a left wing media goon. Sorry it's Lewes, what was I expecting.
On 12 Oct 2010 at 11:22am Down and Out wrote:
Sounds interesting but next February and you're telling us now? I don't know what I'm doing next week, never mind next year. Give us a reminder after Christmas, ta.
On 12 Oct 2010 at 11:27am Newmania wrote:
Speaking of conspiracies I notice that in addition to our International AID going up to an insulting £9 billion our EU net contrtibutions to the EU will rise from 6.4 billion to 8.3 billion in 2011/12. This follows Lisbon which the Liberal Party abatained from and then supported in the Lords. Nice to know not everything is getting cut
Left wing conspiracies always make me giggle . On the one hand we have the State which can at any time throw you inside in the dead of night , on the other hand Google and Tescos which has appalling powers to ...eeerm ..invent new types of humus
Then we are expected to believe the right has an iron grip on the media when the BBC is vastly larger and pumps Liberal Propoganda into our houses at our expense 24/7.
The BBC of course had a pivotal role in seeling the Common Market ...spooky stuff
On 12 Oct 2010 at 11:50am stan wrote:
I think his (DA)
book is exposing conspiracy theories rather than propogating them.
He has been very critical of stormin Normans obsession with the death of David Kelly. Anyway, is it free or do we have to pay to hear him publicise his book?
Would rather go to sceptics in the pub rather than "changing times", they have some really "interesting" speakers.
On 12 Oct 2010 at 12:06pm Down and Out wrote:
Jesus wept, Newmania. Whilst I have no objection in principle to your mindless johnny-one-note right-wing trolling, is it really necessary to infect every thread on the sodding board? Start your own, and then we can ignore them. Thank you.
On 12 Oct 2010 at 1:04pm stan wrote:
I think Newmania could be Peter Hitchens moonlighting. I agree with a lot of his basic points though and I'd like to see him put up wallpaper as he can cut and paste like a pro.
On 12 Oct 2010 at 1:20pm Newmania wrote:
I am not trolling Down and Out;I am contributing .Furthermore I am not one noted. Au contraire,I am a symphony of complexity paradox with a soul that sings like the sea. If I am one noted it is a long plangent high clarinet note containing unbearable sadness and yet hope and yearning .

Tell you the truth I didn`t follow the link. I quite often read D A and I would go to that.I have been thinking for a long time of starting a Libertarian Conservative and centre right drinking club if anyone is interested .Could call it "Change is Bad" or "Liberals are The Devil`s Undergarments " or something. Might be fun , at least we righties can actually drink and occasionally buy one for someone else
On 12 Oct 2010 at 1:29pm Newmania wrote:
Stan - I never cut and paste , who are Changing Times" ? I have been to a couple of meetings of the Headstrong club .Not bad but average age has to be about 120 I think Lewes could do with a good new meat world forum.
Bet you keyboard warriors are a lot less stroppy in the flesh.
On 12 Oct 2010 at 2:08pm Lewes Skeptic wrote:

David Aaronovitch will be the guest speaker at our first event. His talk will be on the claims made by those promoting a number of notable conspiracy theories and the consequences of popular belief in them.

The talk may be of particular interest to some Lewes residents as it is likely to cover the chapter of 'Voodoo Histories' (David Aaronovitch's book) devoted to the book 'The Strange Death of David Kelly' by Norman Baker MP.

This is the first in what I expect to be a monthly event held at the Elephant & Castle in the latter half each month (so as not to clash too closely with Brighton Skeptics in the Pub which is held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month). Entry to the talks will cost £2 to cover speaker expenses. We may also have advance tickets for some events depending on demand.

I know that February is still a long way off but it makes little sense to me to start something like this now when people are focused on Bonfire and then Christmas. I will be publicising the events more thoroughly in the New Year.

If anyone is interested in helping us organise events please contact us through the website.

We aim to cover science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking. I am open to suggestions for future speakers. There are several people, some local residents, who I already have in mind, but have yet to contact.

Regarding 'Changing Times' I think this may be defunct. They do not appear to have held an event in over a year - see h++p://www.changingtimes.org.uk/PastEvents.htm . Norman Baker gave a 'Changing Times'lecture on his book about David Kelly in April 2007. I was not aware of 'Changing Times' till I chanced upon the website yesterday.

Regarding the Headstrong Club. Does anyone have any contact details? My Google search only gives tangential references and nothing related to the reformed Lewes club.

On 12 Oct 2010 at 3:30pm stan wrote:
no offence implied, you must be a much quicker typer
than I thought and devote a lot more time to your research. As I have said before I am more in agreement with you than many on here.
Changing times are a group who used to meet in Lewes but I think have moved venue to Burgess Hill. They mainly feature counter knowledge speakers,cereologists,druids,catastrophists etc. Bit far out for me man!
I like the idea of sceptics and will probably go. Hopefully not too many evangelical athiests though!
On 12 Oct 2010 at 5:12pm Newmania wrote:
Druids ...shudder.

Lewes Skeptic- Alan Jupp is the chap you want for the Headstrong Club but I am not sure I should give his details out , not hard to find . I have the phone number etc.
On 12 Oct 2010 at 9:44pm Brixtonbelle wrote:
Don't they meet at the White Hart - surely they would have contact details ? Do they allow girls. Or anyone under 40 ?
On 12 Oct 2010 at 10:14pm head weak wrote:
Not that radical brixtonbabe
On 13 Oct 2010 at 8:15am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I think the Skeptics sound like fun, although I'll probably miss the first one as I'm not much of a fan of Aaronovitch.
Who else have you got lined up?

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