The Greater Manchester Skeptics run the Manchester Skeptics in the Pub events. We have been active since 2009 and have held well over 100 events, usually three every month: a talk, a social and a book group. Our members have wide-ranging interests, but what unites us is a belief in the importance of critical thinking and an insistence that claims should be backed up by evidence. The more extraordinary the claim, the more evidence we ask for. Most of us will be highly skeptical of claims of psychic abilities, alien encounters, all-powerful global conspiracies, the healing power of alternative therapies, or anything else which is not grounded in robust, peer-reviewed research. On that basis, the skepticism movement as a whole advocates for evidence-based policy decisions, better science reporting, secularism and stricter regulation of “holistic” medicine. We differ from “denialists” in that we are willing to change our minds in the face of compelling evidence. We aim to put on a wide variety of talks, covering science, politics, history, philosophy, religion, law and much else besides. You don’t have to be a member to come to our talks and socials, just a willingness to engage respectfully in discussions which may challenge your beliefs. Everyone and anyone is welcome — even if you disagree with the speaker. If you’re in Manchester, come along!
This month, we're trying a new venue for the social: it's Pie and Ale in the Northern Quarter. We used it for the AGM recently and it was quiet and accessible with nice ale and, well, pies. Good pies. Anyway it's very nice, come along and have a chat, a beer, a pie, an argument, whatever you're up for.
Greater Manchester Skeptics Society is a group for anyone who believes in the importance of critical thinking and that claims should be backed by evidence. We organise talks on science, politics, history, philosophy, religion, law, and anything else people are interestingly wrong about. You don't have to be a member and events are free — just bring an open-minded willingness to believe as the evidence suggests.