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The Future of Democracy and the IT Revolution

James Smith

When?
Monday, May 22 2017 at 8:00PM

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3 Market Square
Horsham
RH12 1EU

01403 250640

http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub/anchor-hotel-horsham/p0942/

Who?
James Smith

What's the talk about?

The election is coming! Horsham Skeptics are having their own event. Candidate James Smith is to give a talk on 'The Future of Democracy' with particular reference to the IT revolution and his own party Something New. There will be a general forum to discuss the issues of the day however hard your Brexit is! Venue: The Anchor Hotel (mezzanine) Horsham Date: Monday 22nd May Time 8.00pm 

 

About the speaker: 

James Smith is variously a software engineer, father of two, and technology activist. He’s been involved in Open Source software for many years, and always tries to work on projects that make the world a better place. He works at the Open Data Institute in London, founded the Cleanweb UK meetup group, and runs Something New, a startup political party. He admits he’s not very good at picking small, well-defined problems to attack.

 

 

You can’t believe everything you read in the papers

Michael Marshall

When?
Monday, April 24 2017 at 8:00PM

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3 Market Square
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Who?
Michael Marshall

What's the talk about?

 Bad PR! 

“You can’t believe everything you read in the papers.”

Everyone knows this, but few people realise this truism extends far beyond the celebrity pages and gossip columns, and spills into ‘real’ news. Here, the near-invisible influence of PR companies is often pivotal in deciding what news gets told, and how it gets reported. By taking a brief look at the history of modern journalism, and using real examples taken from recent headlines, Michael Marshall will show why you really, really can’t believe everything you read in the papers.
 
 
About Michael Marshall
 
Michael Marshall is the co-founder and vice-president of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and appears on the “Skeptics with a K” and “Be Reasonable” podcasts. Besides organising national and international campaigns against homeopathy, he writes about the often-unsuspected role of PR in modern media.
 
Michael has written for The Times, The Guardian and The New Statesman, and has lectured for journalism students at Sheffield Hallam University. He was described by PR Week as ‘****ing brilliant’ and was also once rather amusingly called a series of very rude words by self-proclaimed psychic Joe Power.
 
Find out more about Michael Marshall from his website: http://badpr.co.uk/about-bad-pr/
And some more here: http://www.goodthinkingsociety.org
 
 
Horsham Skeptics
 
In the meantime if you have any ideas or suggestions for future talks, or would like to help the Horsham Skeptics on the organising committee, please let us know either by email or via the Horsham Skeptics Facebook page.
 
Looking forward to seeing you on 24 April at the Anchor Hotel, Horsham 
http://www.taylor-walker.co.uk/pub/anchor-hotel-horsham/p0942/

A debate as to the existence of God

When?
Monday, May 23 2016 at 8:00PM

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Wickhurst Lane
Broadbridge Heath
Horsham
RH12 3LY

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Who?
Rory McClure and Elliot George

What's the talk about?

The next Horsham Skeptics event at Broadbridge Heath Social Club 23 May, 2016, 20.00. Come all fired up with your opinions ready and sense of humour to the front.

'Unbelievable?' A debate about the existence of God
 
 
Speakers:
 
In the God corner
Rory McClure is a former nature conservationist who has an M.Div from Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO, USA. He is pastor of Parkside Evangelical Church, Littlehampton.
 
In the dog house
Elliot George M.A. (Ed) B.Sc is a retired science teacher who writes and speaks against religion. He has spoken at the Conway Hall and on Premier Christian Radio. His first book is Godbuster: exorcises all known gods.'
 
 
 

Caring, not killing, is now the wild lawless frontier of robotics.

When?
Monday, April 18 2016 at 8:00PM

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Wickhurst Lane
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Horsham
RH12 3LY

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Who?
Dr Blay Whitby

What's the talk about?

It might seem, at first glance, that military robotics raises many more ethical worries than does the use of robots in caring roles. However, this superficial impression deserves revision for a number of reasons. Firstly, there is overwhelming evidence that robots are a very effective tool with which to manipulate human emotional responses. It might theoretically be possible to do this only in ethical ways of benefit to individuals and society. Unfortunately there has been little or no discussion of exactly what these ways might be.

For the caring robots now being developed by the private sector there is no guidance whatsoever on these issues. We can therefore expect at best, the manipulation of emotions in order to maximize profits. At the worst we can expect dangerous mistakes and disreputable deceit. There has also been very little discussion outside the specialist field of robot ethics of just which caring roles are suitable for robots and which roles we might wish, on good reasoned grounds, to reserve for humans. This is surely a matter that deserves widespread public debate. 

Finally, there is now a large number of international conventions, legislation, and rules of engagement which directly impact on the development and deployment of military robots. In complete contrast, the field of social, domestic, and caring robots is without any significant legislation or ethical oversight. Caring, not killing, is now the wild lawless frontier of robotics. 

 

About the speaker: Dr Blay Whitby 

Dr Whitby is a philosopher specializing in ethics, addressing primarily the social impact of new and emerging technologies. His work has done much to increase informed debate on ethical dilemmas posed by the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in social and domestic settings. His publications include Oversold, unregulated, and unethical: Why we need to respond to robot nannies. His books on the area include: Reflections on Artificial Intelligence: The Legal, Moral and Ethical Dimensions. 

He is a member of the Ethics Group of BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT and an ethics advisor to the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as having participated in several high impact science/art collaborations. Dr Whitby currently lectures at Imperial College, London; The Technical University of Vienna; Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and the University of Sussex. He has served as an ethics adviser in both the public and private sectors.

 

Science and evidence in the hands of the public

When?
Monday, March 21 2016 at 8:00PM

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Wickhurst Lane
Broadbridge Heath
Horsham
RH12 3LY

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Who?
Dr Claire Marriott

What's the talk about?

We are constantly exposed to bold claims from marketing departments, in news stories and even within government policies. How many times do we just take these as truth? It’s easy to assume that if it’s there in black and white then surely there must be some research behind it.


The Ask for Evidence campaign believes you have not only the right, but also the power, to question claims that you come across. Whether that’s the evidence behind your local recycling policy, the face cream that claims to empower your skin to look younger, or an allergy test recommended by your pharmacist.


As the campaign grows, help is needed to spread the word and to let people know how they can get involved – which is why the charity Sense About Science was formed.


Dr Claire Marriott is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and has been involved in diabetes research for over 11 years. She has always had a passion for promoting science with the public and has been a part of the Voice of Young Science network since 2009. She has contributed to a number of VOYS publications and been an active campaigner for the Ask for Evidence movement since it began.

 

Frustrated with politics and the lack of choice, and despite having no political experience at all, we formed a new party to stand in the 2015 general election.

James Smith

When?
Monday, February 15 2016 at 8:00PM

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Wickhurst Lane
Broadbridge Heath
Horsham
RH12 3LY

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Who?
James Smith

What's the talk about?

British democracy isn’t quite dead, but it certainly smells funny. Frustrated with politics and the lack of choice, and despite having no political experience at all, we created a wikipedia-style political manifesto and formed a new party to stand in the 2015 general election. This is the story of what we did, why we did it, what happened along the way, and what we learned. Government isn’t just for some special class of people; our democracy needs updating for the 21st century, so where does it go from here and how do we make it better? 

 

About the speaker: 

James Smith is variously a software engineer, father of two, and technology activist. He’s been involved in Open Source software for many years, and always tries to work on projects that make the world a better place. He works at the Open Data Institute in London, founded the Cleanweb UK meetup group, and runs Something New, a startup political party. He admits he’s not very good at picking small, well-defined problems to attack.

The realm of quantum physics where things can be in two places at once, cats can be both alive and dead, and objects can pass ghost-like through walls

When?
Monday, November 23 2015 at 8:00PM

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Wickhurst Lane
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Who?
Jacob Dunningham

What's the talk about?

We are looking forward to you joining us for our November Skeptics meeting when you are welcome to cme and ask questions, share in the discussion, enjoy friendly chat over a pint, or just sit and listen.

On a microscopic level the Universe is a strange wonderland where things are not as they seem. This is the realm of quantum physics where things can be in two places at once, cats can be both alive and dead, and objects can pass ghost-like through walls. More intriguing perhaps is the fact that the Universe is fundamentally random and changes its reality in response to our actions.

In this talk Dr Jacob Dunningham will briefly introduce some of these ideas and then show how they are impacting our current views on consciousness and free will.

 

About the speaker

Dr Jacob Dunningham is Reader at the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Co-Director of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies. He began his studies at the University of Auckland and subsequently studied for a doctorate at the University of Oxford where he then became a Research Fellow. Dr Dunningham then moved to the University of Leeds, and in 2010 to Sussex.

Dr Dunningham's research into quantum mechanical entanglement spans the fields of quantum information, quantum optics, Bose-Einstein condensation, and metrology. He is interested in fundamental issues of entanglement as well as understanding how useful entaglement can be created and exploited in practical schemes. 

The 60 year history of bleed air in aircraft

When?
Monday, October 19 2015 at 8:00PM

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Wickhurst Lane
Broadbridge Heath
Horsham
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Who?
Susan Michaelis

What's the talk about?

Note our new location ...!

Come along and join us for a drink and an evening of conversation! We want to hear your views and ideas about Horsham Skeptics in the Pub and its future!

In the first Skeptics talk of Autumn 2015 Susan Michaels will talk about what is happening on virtually every air transport flight around the globe; passengers and crew are put at risk from exposure to a complex cocktail of hazardous chemicals when the air they breathe becomes contaminated. These chemicals can be extremely harmful yet many passengers and crew members remain completely oblivious to the risk.

Susan Michaels will give a shocking insight into the aviation industry's best-kept secrets, revealing the frightening health impacts on victims of exposures and the flight safety concerns of global experts investigating this issue.

Come along to hear and take part in discussion on how to bring about change to make air travel safer for all who fly; expecially the unborn.

We look forrward to seeing you!

 

 

 

Can consumers trust what they're seeing, reading, hearing and clicking on?

Richard Burdett

When?
Monday, July 13 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

78 Brighton Road
Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5BU

Who?
Richard Burdett

What's the talk about?

Richard Burdett looks at advertising from both the consumer's and the advertiser's perspective. Can consumers trust what they're seeing, reading, hearing and clicking on? And, in an increasingly fragmented and fractured media environment, can advertisers trust the data on which they're making multi-million pound investment decisions?

Richard began his career at Saatchi & Saatchi, spending eleven years working with clients such as BA, BP, Cadbury Schweppes and Sainsbury's. He then moved to the fledgling world of multi-channel television, initially as Head of Ad Sales for The Discovery Channel and subsequently as Head of Marketing for UK TV. While Head of 4Creative, Channel 4's in-house ad agency, he worked on shows such as Lost, Desperate Housewives, Shameless and Jamie's School Dinners as well as the launches of More4 and Film4. 

He is currently MD of Horse & Country TV, a channel that has brought over fifty new advertisers on to TV and was one of five nominees for Best Factual Channel in the recent Broadcast awards.

A talk about non-verbal communication

When?
Monday, June 8 2015 at 8:00PM

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78 Brighton Road
Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5BU

Who?
Dr Martin Graff

What's the talk about?

 

Dr Martin Graff is Reader and Head of Research in Psychology at the University of South Wales.  He is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist. 

Dr Graff is an expert in non-verbal communication and we look forward to hearing his talk on his specialist subject.

All details can be found at: http://www.martingraff.com/

 

A talk about non-verbal communication

When?
Monday, June 8 2015 at 8:00PM

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78 Brighton Road
Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5BU

Who?
Dr Martin Graff

What's the talk about?

 

Dr Martin Graff is Reader and Head of Research in Psychology at the University of South Wales.  He is an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist. 

Dr Graff is an expert in non-verbal communication and we look forward to hearing his talk on his specialist subject.

All details can be found at: http://www.martingraff.com/

 

Picked up, Patched up and sent home. Why I love the NHS

When?
Monday, May 11 2015 at 8:00PM

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78 Brighton Road
Horsham, West Sussex RH13 5BU

Who?
Carl Walker

What's the talk about?

The Horsham Skeptics are back in the pub, The Tanners Arms Horsham, for the first of our 2015 Summer talks season. http://www.thetannersarms.com/

Dr Carl Walker is a lecturer at the University of Brighton with an interest in mental health and informal health-giving spaces.  He campaigns against NHS privatisation and is a National Health Action Party election candidate. He writes comedy books in his spare time! 

Come along to his comedy show. An affectionate ribbing of his beloved NHS.  Find his book: 'Picked up, Patched up and sent home; Why I love the NHS' on Amazon and blag a signed copy from him at the first of the Skeptics in the Pub season.

For your diary

Monday 8th June Tanners Arms at 8.00pm Martin Graff on 'Making Internet dating Work for you'. http://www.martingraff.com/

Monday 13th July  Tanners Arms at 8.00pm Richard Burdett 'Truth and Lies in Advertising'