‘Skeptics in the Pub’ return to DeBarras, Clonakilty this month to discuss a current issue from the perspective of scientific skepticism. These meetings feature a talk or presentation from an invited guest speaker on a particular topic relevant to Skepticism, followed by question time, and drinks in the bar. The talks are informal, free to attend, and aimed at a general audience.
This month’s speaker, John Duignan, is a former member of The Church of Scientology and author of ‘The Complex: An Insider Exposes the Covert World of the Church of Scientology’.
John will discuss his 22 years in the organisation and his eventual awaking partly as a result of attending the event where actor and Scientologist Tom Cruise was awarded ‘Most Dedicated Follower’.
John left the organisation in 2006, publishing ‘The Complex’ in 2008. The Church responded by sending legal letters to bookstore retailers selling the book, claiming it contains libelous statements. As a result, many retailers, including Amazon, withdrew the book from sale.
Cork Skeptics is a group dedicated to promoting skepticism, science, and rational thinking in Cork, Ireland and beyond. Encouraging a rational and inquisitive attitude towards all manner of topics, from the paranormal to alternative medicine, while connecting and interacting with the national and international Skeptics movement. They regularly host ‘Skeptics in the Castle’ talks at Blackrock Castle Observatory. Anyone curious in finding out more is welcome to attend and discover what skepticism is all about. www.corkskeptics.org
‘Cruise Control – inside the covert world of the Church of Scientology’ with John Duignan is at 8pm Wednesday, December 19 in DeBarras, Clonakilty.