Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub is an informal monthly event. If  you are unfamiliar with Skeptics in the Pub, it started in 1999 in London as a regular lecture series on all things skeptical.  It provided an opportunity for rational thinkers to meet and discuss all things skeptical as well as have a monthly presentation by a renowned skeptic or even believer followed by a Q&A. 

Skeptics has spread across the UK and we have had a group in Aberdeen since September 2010. There are over a dozen Skeptics in the Pub in England, but this is only one of three groups in Scotland (the others being Glasgow and Edinburgh).

The organisers of Aberdeen Skeptics in the Pub are Heather Doran and Sonia Watson. Meetings are usually held on the last Thursday of every month at Cellar 35 (check every event for final details as these arrangements could change). Our meetings are informal and everyone is very chatty so do not be afraid of coming if you are on your own.

Coming along to a Skeptics in the Pub event is free, although to pay for speakers expenses we do ask for donations.

For more details, or if you have a talk you think we might like to host, feel free to contact one of the organisers using the contact page, or just come along to the next event!

Find us on Facebook and on Twitter at @ABDN_SITP or Heather at @hapsci, Sonia at @nonisa, or Lee at @java7nerd.

Dr James C. Coyne

When?
Thursday, April 30 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Holburn Bar
225 Holburn Street
Aberdeen
AB10 6BL

Who?
Dr James C. Coyne

What's the talk about?

Positive psychology suggests the problems of the poor lie in their attitude or - in more recent versions - in their brains. It provides an unscientific and ideological basis for blaming the poor for their poverty. Moreover, positive psychology is carefully marketed to earn its proponents corporate speaking engagements. Its workshops aim at making workplace stress an individual attitudinal problem and improving worker efficiency, while avoiding confronting the real sources of workplace stress.

In this talk, Jim will provide a thorough update of his well-received blog posts at PLOS Mind the Brain and Science-Based Medicine:

Jim expects to be able to announce at his talk the retraction of a major positive psychology article, based on a critique he co-authored.

Jim Coyne is, along with fellow "Negateer" Barbara Ehrenreich, one of the most prominent and persistent critics of positive psychology. He was a participant in the historic 2006 Positive Psychology Great Debate at the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He is the 2015 Carnegie Centenary Visiting Professor at the University of Stirling and Professor of Health Psychology, University of Groningen, as well as Professor Emeritus of Psychology In Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr Lewis Dartnell

When?
Thursday, May 28 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Dr Lewis Dartnell

What's the talk about?

Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or a viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it is over and humanity must start again. What would you need to know to not only survive in the immediate aftermath, but avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the rebooting of civilisation from scratch? The Knowledge is a grand thought experiment on the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Dr Lewis Dartnell is a research fellow at the University of Leicester, working in the field of astrobiology and the search for life beyond Earth. He has written three books: Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide, My Tourist Guide to the Solar System and The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch.

Ash Pryce

When?
Thursday, June 25 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

 Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born.

This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication.

Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry this fun show has regularly packed venues at the Edinburgh fringe.

Ouija Boards
Spirit Slates
Spirit Communication
Stopped Pulses
Spewing ectoplasm
And more...

"Ash Pryce is a naturally funny guy and won't allow his audience to be bored" "Very entertaining" - edfringereview

"Go see" - Edinburgh Skeptics

About Ash

Ash Pryce is a performer and director based in Scotland.  He has written and staged several skeptically themed shows looking at myths & legends, ghosts, psychics and mediumship as well as producing full plays ranging from Faustus to more contemporary original shows in Edinburgh.  He is the founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, the newly started History in the Pub Edinburgh, and runs what is believed to be the worlds first skeptical ghost tour every Fringe.  He lives just outside of Edinburgh with his three Degus, one of which holds a grudge against him.