Guildford Skeptics in the Pub host speakers on subjects such as science, superstition, alternative medicine, philosophy and religion in the relaxed atmosphere of the backroom of the Star Inn, Guildford.
Speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and viewpoints but, ultimately, are skeptical. Skepticism, put basically, is an insistence on robust evidence for claims; claims of the efficacy of alternative medicine, the existence of mystical beings, crytozoological oddities and deities; the claims of psychics, astrological predictions... and more!
No ticket required, but they do ask for £2.50 to cover speakers' expenses, who give their time for free.
This month's talk by Andy Lewis is entitled Anthroposophy and Spiritual Science: Steiner Schools
With Michael Gove and the coalition approving new Steiner Schools to open under the Free School Programme, it is timely to look closely at the origins and beliefs of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the occult movement of Anthroposophy.
Steiner was a mystic who believed he had direct clairvoyant access to cosmic knowledge. As such he developed an esoteric belief system based on karma, reincarnation, astrology, homeopathy and gnomes. His visions gave insights into architecture, art, dance, agriculture, medicine, education, science and diet. His racial hierarchy of spiritual developmental resonated in Germany in the early 20th Century turning a personal belief into a worldwide movement. Today we find hundreds of anthroposophically inspired organisations in the UK alone: everything from Steiner Schools, Biodynamic farms to banks, pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies, charities and cheese makers.
Andy Lewis has been trying to lift the veil on the inner secrets of the movement and will discuss how it has a direct impact on public life.
There will also be an audience vote for the Golden Duck Award. The award will have different criteria each year, and for our first outing we have decided to offer a lifetime achievement award open for any quack from any discipline; the winner may come from medical quackery, or indeed politics, business, TV and media and beyond.
Good Thinking will be awarding The Golden Duck each year to the person (or organisation) that has supported or practiced pseudoscience in the most ludicrous, dangerous, irrational or irresponsible manner. We've now reached the part where each Skeptics in the Pub group nominates a winner.
And, to celebrate the first anniversary of Tannice taking over the group, there is a rumour of a cake too :-)
Join me in The Star from 7:15- the talk begins at 7:30 but it does get quite busy!! Note, Skeptics is held in the back room of the pub, upstairs and right along the corridor. Ask at the bar for Skeptics, not the meetup event, if you can't find it
You are welcome to bring friends along, but will probably have to find your own seats if you do. Those with a history of no-shows will be moved to the waiting list to be fair to others in the group