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Cambridge Skeptics are a not-for-profit community organisation promoting science, positive skepticism and critical thinking skills via public engagement. We host monthly Skeptics in the Pub events with speakers on various subjects as well as social events such as book clubs and coffee meets. We also run events in conjunction with the Cambridge Science Festival.

Our meetups are open to everyone, whether you consider yourself to be a skeptic or not. If the subject matter is of interest, please come along and join the discussion.

Upcoming events (4)

Cambridge Skeptics leaves Meetup

Needs a location

We're sorry to say that the time has come to close our Meetup account. This platform currently costs us around £30.00 a month (£360.00 a year) to maintain and as it looks very unlikely that we will be able to run any events this year, we won't be generating enough revenue to sustain it. Cambridge Skeptics is not going anywhere, but we are shifting our focus to producing content such as a podcast, educational content to improve critical thinking skills, book reviews, and more. We will also continue to partner with the Skeptics in the Pub network who are delivering the online talks every Thursday at www.twitch.tv/sitp We really hope that you'd like to stay in touch to keep up to date with the events and new features! You can connect with us at the following places: Email Mailing List: www.cambridgeskeptics.org.uk/newsletter Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/CambridgeSkeptics/ Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/cambridgeskeptics/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/cambskeptics Discord Server *new*: https://discord.gg/jurwKDp Website: www.cambridgeskeptics.org.uk This Meetup will close on Thursday 9th July at 00:00. Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the group! It means a lot to us. Keep well and stay safe. Shaun and the Team at Cambridge Skeptics

David Nutt: The Truth About Psychedelics

Anglia Ruskin University - Lord Ashcroft Building

----GUEST SPEAKER---- Prof. David Nutt www.drugscience.org.uk @ProfDavidNutt ----ABOUT THIS EVENT---- The world is entering a new phase of psychiatric treatments. After the psychotherapy and medical treatment phases in the last century, we are at the start of the phase where we use drugs to assist and empower psychotherapeutic processes. The origins of this exciting new development are the massive growth of neuropsychopharmacology, particularly in relation to the use of psychedelics (e.g. LSD, Psilocybin) and entactogens (e.g. MDMA). New research on the impact of these drugs on brain functions show clear impacts on brain processes that contribute to maladaptive behavioural processes. Parallel research has shown efficacy for psilocybin and MDMA in disorders such as resistant depression and PTSD. In this ground-breaking talk, Professor Nutt will cover these remarkable new developments and show how they may be used more broadly in psychiatry/psychotherapy in the future. ----ABOUT OUR SPEAKER---- Professor David Nutt is a psychiatrist and the Edmund J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology in the Division of Brain Science, Dept of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London. Here he uses a range of brain imaging techniques to explore the causes of addiction and other psychiatric disorders and to search for new treatments. He has published over 450 original research papers, a similar number of reviews and books chapters, eight government reports on drugs and 30 books, including one for the general public, Drugs: without the hot air, that won the Transmission Prize in 2014. He is currently the President of the European Brain Council and Founding Chair of DrugScience.org.uk (formerly the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD). Previously he has been president of the British Association of Psychopharmacology, the British Neuroscience Association and the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Professor Nutt broadcasts widely to the general public both on radio and television. In 2010 The Times Eureka science magazine voted him one of the 100 most important figures in British Science, and the only psychiatrist in the list. In 2013 he was awarded the John Maddox Prize from Nature/Sense about Science for standing up for science. ----EVENT DETAILS---- This event is open to the public. No registration or prior association with Cambridge Skeptics is required. ----VENUE DETAILS---- The venue is yet to be confirmed, but will be in central Cambridge. ----TICKETS---- NOT ON SALE YET Advance Tickets: £5.00 Door Tickets: £7.00 Student (on the door with valid ID): £3.00 (subject to availability) Unreserved seating is available for a maximum of 200 people on a first-come-first served basis. ----RUNNING TIMES---- Doors Open: 7:00pm Talk Starts: 7:30pm Event Ends: 9:00pm -9:30pm Venue Closes: 10:00pm ----ACCESSIBILITY---- Step-Free Access To Venue: Yes Wheelchair Accessible Venue: Yes Wheelchair Accessible Toilets: Yes ----FOOD & DRINK POLICY--- There is no bar, drinks or food available on site as this is a university lecture theatre. You are welcome to bring in bottle drinks, such as water, with you for the event. ----ABOUT THE HOST---- This event is hosted by Cambridge Skeptics. A not-for-profit community organisation for the promotion of science, positive skepticism and critical thinking skills. All ticket sales and donations received fund speaker expenses and running costs. Full details of all expenditure, accounts and profit/loss can be viewed at our annual AGM meetings. All the staff are volunteers and support these events in conjunction with their full-time jobs.

How To Live To 100

The Blue Moon

----GUEST SPEAKER---- Ariane Sherine www.arianesherine.com @ArianeSherine ----ABOUT THIS EVENT---- Fancy finding out how to live a long and healthy life? Look no further. Comedy writer and Atheist Bus Campaign creator Ariane Sherine has teamed up with public health consultant David Conrad to analyse the scientific evidence behind 100 different factors that affect life expectancy. Could drinking green tea really prolong your life? How about gardening? Is regular sex more about pleasure than health? Why does standing up a lot make a difference to longevity? And is it worth cutting out red meat or even turning vegan in order to blow out 100 candles on your birthday cake? This funny and potentially lifesaving talk will reveal the answers to all these questions and more, giving you all the tips and tricks you need to make it to a century. ----ABOUT OUR SPEAKER---- Ariane Sherine is the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity anthology The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. She has written for BBC One’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC Three’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Observer, New Statesman and New Humanist. She lives in London with her nine-year-old daughter Lily. ----EVENT DETAILS---- This event is open to the public. No registration or prior association with Cambridge Skeptics is required. ----TICKETS---- NOT ON SALE YET Advance Tickets £5.00 (only 80 spaces) Student (on the door with valid ID): £3.00 (subject to availability) Unreserved seating is available for a maximum of 80 people on a first-come-first served basis. ----RUNNING TIMES---- Doors Open: 7:00pm Talk Starts: 7:30pm Event Ends: 9:00pm -9:30pm Venue Closes: Midnight ----ACCESSIBILITY---- Step-Free Access To Venue: Wheelchair Accessible Venue: Yes Wheelchair Accessible Toilets: No ----FOOD & DRINK POLICY--- The bar provides a variety of food and drink. Only food and drink purchased at the venue can be consumed on the premises. Please place food orders early to avoid extended waiting times during busy periods. ----ABOUT THE HOST---- This event is hosted by Cambridge Skeptics. A not-for-profit community organisation for the promotion of science, positive skepticism and critical thinking skills. All ticket sales and donations received fund speaker expenses and running costs. Full details of all expenditure, accounts and profit/loss can be viewed at our annual AGM meetings. All the staff are volunteers and support these events in conjunction with their full-time jobs.

Cambridge Skeptics Pub Quiz

The Blue Moon

It's the end of the year, and what better way to remember it by than testing your knowledge with a pub quiz! We'll be looking back through some of the top news stories of the year, picking out the weird and wonderful from social media. Are you up for the challenge? There will certainly be a few laughs along the way. Team size is a maximum of 6. ----EVENT DETAILS---- This event is open to the public. No registration or prior association with Cambridge Skeptics is required. ----TICKETS---- £2.00 entry per person for the quiz, payable on the night (cash only). All funds received will be collected into a prize fund which will be distributed between the winning team(s) at the end of the quiz. We have space for a maximum of 100 people. Unreserved seating is available for 80 people on a first-come-first served basis. ----RUNNING TIMES---- Doors Open: 7:00pm Talk Starts: 7:30pm Event Ends: 9:00pm -9:30pm Venue Closes: Midnight ----ACCESSIBILITY---- Step-Free Access To Venue: Yes Wheelchair Accessible Venue: Yes Wheelchair Accessible Toilets: No ----FOOD & DRINK POLICY--- The bar provides a variety of food and drink. Only food and drink purchased at the venue can be consumed on the premises. Please place food orders early to avoid extended waiting times during busy periods. ----ABOUT THE HOST---- This event is hosted by Cambridge Skeptics. A not-for-profit community organisation for the promotion of science, positive skepticism and critical thinking skills. All ticket sales and donations received fund speaker expenses and running costs. Full details of all expenditure, accounts and profit/loss can be viewed at our annual AGM meetings. All the staff are volunteers and support these events in conjunction with their full-time jobs.

Past events (62)

The Return of Race Science

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