The QED Skeptics in the Pub forum – topics wanted!


At every QED there has been a Skeptics in the Pub Forum – an open forum to discuss issues around the starting, running and expanding of a local Skeptics in the Pub group.

Whether you are a current organiser looking to share your successes, or want tips on how to expand, or are looking to set up a new group in your hometown, this is the place to be.

This year the forum will be moderated by:

  • Ian Scott – Ian is the founder of Glasgow Skeptics, who in 2014 hosted the largest public debate on Scottish independence of any non-aligned organisation. Ian is also the Acting Chief Executive of the Humanist Society Scotland, and Events Manager at the British Humanist Association.
  • Kash Farooq – Kash is an organiser of Nottingham Skeptics in the Pub and the co-founder of the popular PubhD network.
  • Alice Howarth – Alice is a PhD cancer researcher, co-host of the Skeptics with a K podcast and Secretary of the Merseyside Skeptics Society.

The forum will mainly be an open Q&A session, but if you have any topic that you’d particularly like to be covered, please leave a comment below and we’ll try to make sure it’s included during the discussion.

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  1. #1 by Simon on April 16, 2015 - 11:32

    Health Freedoms: In the context of quackery & fake treatments, at what point does someone’s right to choose their own treatment end? For contagious diseases that could impact on others? For children in their care? Should they be held legally liable if they have not followed recommended protocols i.e. by vaccinating their children or undergoing government/authority recommended medical treatment?

  2. #2 by Regan Naughton on April 16, 2015 - 12:13

    How successful are you at moderating questions that are really statements of “what I think is” during the Q&A. I’d hate to start making SITP rule -bound but find this irritating. Any ideas for a healthy Q&A?

  3. #3 by Andras G. Pinter on April 16, 2015 - 21:42

    I’d like to know how others are doing in terms of getting the word out to people, so they actually attend SITP events. Do you always have a talk by someone well known? Is it getting more and more difficult with all the online activities as part of our lives to get up and meet people in person while having a beer? What are the differences in that sense in different cultures around Europe and the world?

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