James Ball

When?
Wednesday, June 3 2020 at 7:30PM

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60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY

Who?
James Ball

What's the talk about?

Evidence-based policy is the cornerstone of the skeptic movement. But what happens when the evidence says evidence doesn't work? Can we ignore this contradiction – or even better, disprove it – and what should we do if we can't?

Pixie Turner

When?
Wednesday, July 1 2020 at 7:30PM

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60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY

Who?
Pixie Turner

What's the talk about?

To be revealed soon…

Deborah Hyde

When?
Wednesday, August 5 2020 at 7:30PM

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Who?
Deborah Hyde

What's the talk about?

One night in 1875, a young woman in an old, remote house in Cumberland was startled to find a hideous creature picking at the lead on her window pane. As she lay paralysed with fear, it let itself into her room and sucked blood from her neck. How could this have been just an apparition? After all, her brothers saw it too, and it had left a hideous throat wound on the traumatised victim.

England isn't usually noted for its vampires, but the Beast of Croglin Grange is one of the notable exceptions. Join us for an evening of tracking the Beast back to its unlikely lair.

Isabel Russo

When?
Wednesday, September 2 2020 at 7:30PM

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60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY

Who?
Isabel Russo

What's the talk about?

Having just relocated to her hometown of Bath after 30 years away, Isabel Russo, Head of Ceremonies at Humanists UK and Director of The Good Funeral Guide, will share her thoughts with us on the increasing need for creative, contemporary, non-religious ritual in a world that urgently needs to reconnect with place, time, breath and meaning in order to properly move on....

Jamie Bartlett

When?
Wednesday, October 7 2020 at 7:30PM

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60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY

Who?
Jamie Bartlett

What's the talk about?

In 2014, a businesswoman called Dr Ruja Ignatova launched a new cryptocurrency that promised to change money forever. OneCoin, she said, was similar to Bitcoin, only bigger, better and easier to use. Within two years, over 3 million people had joined the OneCoin revolution, and Dr Ruja became rich and famous. But then she suddenly disappeared and hasn’t been seen since.

For six months, writer and journalist Jamie Bartlett was on the hunt to find The Missing Cryptoqueen. What he uncovered is a lot more than a missing woman. It's a story of greed, deceit and herd madness that takes him all over the world - and gets far weirder than he thought possible.

Jamie Bartlett is the author of the bestselling books The Dark Net, Radicals, and The People Vs Tech. He is a regular commentator on national and international media outlets. Until 2017, he was Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialised in online social movements and the impact of technology on society.

Ariane Sherine

When?
Wednesday, November 4 2020 at 7:30PM

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60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY

Who?
Ariane Sherine

What's the talk about?

Fancy finding out how to live a long and healthy life? You’re in luck. 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 foregoing red meat or even going 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.

Ariane will also be signing copies of her new book HOW TO LIVE TO 100 after the talk.

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 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 Daily Mash, The Mail on Sunday, New Statesman, New Humanist and The Spectator. She lives in London with her eight-year-old daughter, Lily.

Professor Michael Banissy

When?
Wednesday, December 2 2020 at 7:30PM

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60 Old Woolwich Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NY

Who?
Professor Michael Banissy

What's the talk about?

When you see someone experiencing pain do you feel that pain on your own body? This question may sound strange, but for some people (known as mirror-sensory synaesthetes) sharing the physical experiences of others is a very real and vivid way of experiencing the world. In this talk I will discuss work examining the prevalence, characteristics and mechanisms that contribute to mirror-sensory synaesthesia. I will consider why mirror-sensory synaesthesia happens and what it can tell us about how we all share and understand the experiences of others.