November 2013

November’s events start with our conservation walk at Warleigh Point on the 10th.  As normal, we’ll meet at 11:00 at the end of Station Road here.  Now the summer’s over the reserve should be tidier, but there should still be some litter to be collected.  We’ll finish around 13:00, and may decant to the local pub aftrewards, though don’t worry if you want to leave earlier. 

 

The Quiz and Social is on the 12th, as usual at Henry J’s, starting at 19:00.  No need to come with a team, just turn up and we’ll find someone for you join in with.

 

November’s talk is on the 26th and the subject is:  “ACE Education! Accelerated Christian Education in British Schools.”  Again this is at Henry J’s, starting at 19:30 sharp.  The talk is from Jonny Scaramanga.  Jonny is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Education, where he is researching student experiences in Britain's 50 Accelerated Christian Education schools.  He attended a fundamentalist Christian school himself in the '90s, and he’s going to talk about what students learn in these schools today, and what we should do when the parent's right to freedom of religion conflicts with the child's right to a sound education. 

 

The previous day, Plymouth Skeptics in the pub have a really great event.  Simon Singh will be talking about his new book, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.  Details here.  You need to book and pay for this event via Peninsular Arts

 

Other events which may be of interest this month include:

 

Thursday 7 November at 18:00 in the Jill Craigie Cinema at Plymouth University: Cogtalk - "It's (not) fair!”: The fluidity of fairness in an (un)just world - details here

 

Friday 8 November October at 19:30:  Plymouth Astronomical Society - The Night Sky in November followed by “The History of the Norman Lockyer Observatory", by David Strange (Chairman of the NLO). More details here (you need to scroll down to see the event) Note there is a £2 charge for non-members

 

Saturday 16 November 10:00 to 16:30: Festival of Physics.  A series of events aimed at encouraging greater awareness of and participation in STEM subjects, especially physics, among those in the final stages of secondary education.  Details here

 

Saturday 16 November 10:00 to 12:00: Wild About Plymouth - Infinity and Beyond. A talk from local astronomer Robin Montford, followed by a visit to the University's Immersive Vision Theatre for a tour of the solar system with space guide Luke Christison. There is a charge, and you need to book. Details here.  I’ve seen Robin’s talk before, and I highly recommend it.

 

Wednesday 28 November at 17:30 Plymouth Psychology in the Pub - That elusive rhythm: The dynamics of conversation from syllables to brain waves. You need to book for this event - details here