If any readers have been to Christchurch’s Twisted Hop pub on Poplar Street in order to attend a skeptical event or tour, I have some sad news. The pub sits, seemingly undamaged, right next to collapsed buildings. Rumbles of machinery and sounds of toppling cement echo throughout the Zone and beyond, with damaged roads and disrupted services extending well out into the suburbs and hills surrounding Christchurch.
The lecture that is mentioned at the conclusion of the article, featuring Dr Martin Bridgstock, is on the Token Skeptic podcast. Again, many thanks to the NZ Skeptics!