Skeptics in the Pub, Reading

Thinking and drinking, humour and debate. Monthly talks and challenging discussions for people interested in science, critical thinking, evidence-based policy, or just life-long learning. Myths are debunked, accepted wisdom is challenged, new discoveries are celebrated.

Our meetings are open to all and free to attend, though we do collect voluntary donations towards our expenses.

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Join us for a think

When?
Wednesday, August 3 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

53 Belgrave Street
Reading
RG1 1PZ

Who?

What's the talk about?

No formal talk, no agenda, just some skeptics eating, drinking and putting the world to rights.

What Your Head Is Really Up To

Dean Burnett

When?
Monday, August 15 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

11 Castle St
Reading
RG1 7SB

Who?
Dean Burnett

What's the talk about?

Dr Dean Burnett, author of the Guardian's hugely popular Brain Flapping science blog, returns to Reading SITP to talk about his new book The Idiot Brain, a surprising, funny and mind-bending examination of how and why the brain sabotages our behaviour.

Dean Burnett has spent nearly two decades studying the human brain, the most complex, mysterious object in the known universe. In the same way that flaws begin to show when you spend too much time with one person, over time Burnett has come to learn that the human brain can be quite unreliable.

The Idiot Brain explores the many ways in which the brain does things inefficiently, illogically or just plain stupidly, and how these regularly end up influencing our everyday lives and the world around us.

From attention mechanisms to memory processing, the neuroscience of sleep and the psychology of superstition, The Idiot Brain highlights all manner of ways in which the brain is flawed or shoddy, how these impact on our lives in countless ways, and how it’s OK to laugh at all this regardless.