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Monthly meeting of London Skeptics in the Pub. An expert gives a 40 minute talk, we drink and chat, and then ask them all sorts of questions about it. £3 to join, 7.30pm on the first Monday of the month. Run by Tessa, Carmen and Sid. Get there early to get a seat!

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The Obscenity Lawyer: What's the Truth Behind Age Verification?

Obscenity Lawyer Myles Jackman asks what the truth behind age verification is by exposing the arguments, history and impacts of balancing child protection against adult free speech and privacy rights. The Digital Economy Act 2017, which comes into force this March, will compel adult pornography websites in the UK to verify that their users are over the age of 18. This measure was predicated on the assumption that it would prevent under 18’s being “harmed” by pornography; yet has potentially disastrous unintended consequences for adult privacy and the free speech ecosystem. Myles Jackman is the only lawyer in the UK who specialises in obscenity law and sexual freedoms. He is an award-winning lawyer and a leading expert in advising clients accused of sexual offences. He also provides a unique advisory service for clients in the arts and media; the adult industry; and offers pro bono advice for campaigns, organisations and activists particularly in the BDSM, LGBTQ, Sex-Work and Adult Industry communities. He was the defence solicitor in the landmark Michael Peacock and Simon Walsh obscenity trials. In the latter trial he was the first acting solicitor allowed to live tweet from a British trial. The same year, he was awarded the Junior Lawyer of the Year Excellence Award by the Law Society of England and Wales. The event takes place at The Monarch which has a full menu. Please get there early for a table and to order your food and drinks. £3 donation on the night to cover for expenses and sundries. https://monarchbar.com/

Talk Yourself Better

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A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help. Comedy writer and journalist Ariane Sherine created and organised the Atheist Bus Campaign, persuading Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Association (Humanists UK) to support her – and buses with variations on the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” ran in 13 countries across the globe. As a result, Ariane received an Inbox full of hate mail from Christians and other religious fanatics, which eventually led to a major nervous breakdown and suicidal ideation. She ended her journalistic career, and didn’t write again for over three years. In this talk, she will tell the full story of how therapy and medication saved her life, prompting her to write her new book, Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help. Ariane will also be signing copies of Talk Yourself Better (which will be on sale at the event at a discounted price) after the talk. What people have said about Talk Yourself Better: “Brilliant – makes the baffling comprehensible.” JEREMY VINE "What an excellent, long-overdue idea! A super-accessible guide, through the bewildering marketplace of modern therapy, to ease our noble search for help." DERREN BROWN “How do we cope with this brutal world? In this witty, revealing book Ariane Sherine runs through the ways. An excellent, funny and thought-provoking read for all who seek answers.” ARTHUR SMITH “What makes Ariane Sherine’s Talk Yourself Better stand out from the crowd is its accessibility and humour; to be able to discuss difficult things with a lightness of touch and a comedy that does not trivialise is a rare skill indeed. This, combined with the honest – and often deeply moving – stories of clients and practitioners alike, makes this the ideal introduction to for anyone considering therapy for the first time.” BRIAN BILSTON Ariane Sherine is the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity book The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. She has written for BBC1’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC2’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, New Statesman, New Humanist and The Spectator. She lives in London with her seven-year-old daughter, Lily. The event takes place at The Monarch which has a full menu. Please get there early for a table and to order your food and drinks.

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Paleo-fantasy and Alien Contact

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