Skeptics in the Pub, Reading

Thinking and drinking, humour and debate. Monthly talks and challenging discussions for people interested in science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking.

The meetings are open to all, no matter what your prior beliefs. We ask that you come along with a willingness to be challenged in your beliefs and we provide an opportunity for you to challenge others - and to enjoy a drink or two.

We meet each month at The Outlook (formerly Copa), 76-78 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3BJ. [map]

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How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life

Alex Bellos

When?
Thursday, September 18 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

76-78 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3BJ

Who?
Alex Bellos

What's the talk about?

From triangles, rotations and power laws, to fractals, cones and curves, bestselling author Alex Bellos will take you on a journey of mathematical discovery of how numbers have come to be our friends, how fascinating and accessible they are, and how they have changed our world.

From a survey of over 40,000 people Alex will reveal the world’s favourite number - and the least loved one.

Alex Bellos is the bestselling author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, which was shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. He is the Guardian’s maths-blogger, and has worked for the paper in London and also in Rio de Janeiro, as its unusually numerate foreign correspondent. He is currently a curator-in-residence at the Science Museum. His new book, Alex Through The Looking Glass, is out now and will be on sale on the night.

Prof Dorothy Bishop

When?
Thursday, October 23 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

76-78 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 3BJ

Who?
Prof Dorothy Bishop

What's the talk about?

If you Google ‘dyslexia’ you will find a confusing array of information about diagnosis and treatment. Many websites claim that their intervention is neuroscientifically-based, and many propose ways of treating dyslexia that do not involve training children to read. I will consider some general rules of thumb that can help sort out the good, the bad and the frankly weird from among this wide range of possibilities.

Dorothy Bishop is Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at the University of Oxford, where she heads a programme of research into children’s communication impairments funded by the Wellcome Trust. As well as publishing in conventional academic outlets, she writes a popular blog with personal reactions to scientific and academic matters, and she tweets as @deevybee.