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.

Margaret McCartney

When?
Sunday, March 15 2015 at 4:00PM

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Where?

35 Rosemount Viaduct
City Centre, Aberdeen AB25 1NE

Who?
Margaret McCartney

What's the talk about?

We are dying older - a success. But we are also dying with more diseases, on more medication. Most people want to die at home, but relatively few do. Meantime, we are urged to 'fight' disease, and many medical interventions are oversold - from CPR to some cancer treatments. Whereas, it's real 'holistic' medicine -hands on palliative and social care- that extends quality and quantity of life. What are the myths and reality of healthcare at the end of life?

Margaret McCartney is a GP in Glasgow, columnist for the BMJ, regular contributor to Radio 4's Inside Health, and author of two books. The Patient Paradox - why sexed up medicine is bad for your health - was published in 2012, and Living with Dying - finding care and compassion at the end of life - in 2014

***note this event is on a Sunday afternoon***

This event is part of British Science Week. You can find the full programme of events here - http://www.abdn.ac.uk/engage/content-images/BritishScienceWeek2015webs.pdf

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.