ARMIDALE’S first ever Skeptics In The Pub event will be held on Wednesday 24 April in the downstairs section of the Wicklow Hotel, corner Marsh and Dumaresq Streets.

Skeptics In The Pub is an Australia-wide volunteer initiative of Australian Skeptics Inc whose Executive Officer (and Editor of the Skeptics Magazine), Tim Mendham, is coming to Armidale to officially launch the new group which will meet every month on a Wednesday night.

“People from all walks of life who value critical thinking, logic, ethical decision-making, and the scientific method, are invited to these monthly get-togethers,” Tim said.

“Topics will range broadly across subjects such as health, medicine, science, technology, history, politics, the social sciences and the arts.

“The atmosphere is friendly, fun and casual. It’s a social event, a chance to get away from screens and meet like-minded mates for a drink and think. Just rock up at 6pm to the downstairs dining area at the Wicklow, order your dinner and drinks, and gather to hear an authoritative speaker deliver a thought-provoking and down-to-earth presentation, followed by a lively Q and A session.”

Inaugural speaker on April 24 will be UNE Professor of Sociology Alan Scott, who will examine the current re-emergence of the Political Strong Man, including Trump and Putin. Do we need to worry? What does history show? What scenarios are likely? Why is it important we all understand the Strong Man phenomenon?

To set up interviews with Tim Mendham on 23 and 24 April and Professor Scott, from April 25, after the event please call or text Convenor, Armidale Skeptics In The Pub, Amelia Willmer on 0407 765 669.