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Stevyn Colgan - The Skeptical Bobby

After leaving school Stevyn gained places at both art and catering colleges, but turned them down and instead accepted a drunken £50 bet with his homicide detective father that he could survive six months as a police officer. He consequently joined the Metropolitan Police Service in London and ended up staying for 30 years.

During his service he found himself frequently challenging the traditional or ‘accepted’ ways of doing things; critical thinking and his own natural skepticism made him to explore different way of doing things, often in innovative and unusual ways. These included using wizards to tackle street gambling, lollipops to stop anti‐social behavior and dog shows to prevent homicides. Ultimately, he was asked by Scotland Yard and the Home Office to be part of an experimental unit to explore some of these new ideas, many of which have now found their way into everyday policing across the UK.

The Skeptical Bobby is all about grass‐roots skepticism and why we should be critical thinkers in every aspect of our lives.

‘Superb talk at QEDCon by Stevyn Colgan. Intelligent and humane.’ – Professor Richard Dawkins

‘Stevyn Colgan was fantastic! Beautiful and inspiring talk’ ‐ The British Humanist Association

Stevyn Colgan is author of recently published Constable's Colgan’s Connectoscope®, works with the BBC for QI, and The Museum of Curiosity, and is a familiar face at Wycombe Skeptics in the pub!



Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife or many other areas of life.

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism. This means we often end up talking about superstition, religious fundamentalism, censorship and conspiracy theory.

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in!

see our Facebook page and Twitter account to get a fuller idea of what we are about!

Most of us have a fondness for good quality beer, so our current home is Wycombe’s only specialty ale house & bottle bar, It is also a Bring Your Own Food Pub, and they have free WiFi.

The Bootlegger pub

3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,



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  • Neil D.

    This is the website that i mentioned that you can find Steves book on

    January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first and a thoroughly enjoyably evening. Stevyn was articulate and entertaining from the off. Looking forward to the next. Thanks.

    January 30, 2014

  • Dougald T.

    Another great talk. Well prepared (well I guess number 52 should be), and entertainingly and professionally presented.

    1 · January 30, 2014

    • Pamela M.

      I thought it was number 53, it makes a difference ;)

      January 30, 2014

  • Pamela M.

    fascinating and entertaining

    January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the late pullout. Enjoy the talk.

    January 29, 2014

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