What we're about

We're looking forward to meeting newcomers from Meetup. We have a core group of regular members as well as occasional attendees who follow our events calendar from our Facebook group and page, and from our website. Meetup calendars are not representative of our attendance rates.
The Greater Manchester Skeptics run the Manchester Skeptics in the Pub events. Part of the long established worldwide network, we have been active since 2009 and have held well over 100 events, usually two every month: a talk and a social. 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!

Our website is here: http://www.gmss.uk

We're on twitter @gmskeptics

And Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/GMSkeptics

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Upcoming events (4)

August Skeptics' Social

Pie & Ale

We've reserved the pictured small room on the far right front. A few of us order a meal in an informal 'as we feel' fashion. The pies are very good. Join us as you feel - staggered arrival and leaving are common, with a core group usually there from start to finish. Chatting topics include science, religion, morals and values, geek stuff, gaming, board games, movies, podcasts, and much more. 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.

September Skeptics' Social

Pie & Ale

We've reserved the pictured small room on the far right front. A few of us order a meal in an informal 'as we feel' fashion. The pies are very good. Join us as you feel - staggered arrival and leaving are common, with a core group usually there from start to finish. Chatting topics include science, religion, morals and values, geek stuff, gaming, board games, movies, podcasts, and much more. 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.

Matt Tompkins: The Spectacle of Illusion

The Kings Arms

Is seeing believing? Is believing seeing? How can we hope to conduct experiments on things that only exist within our minds, and, on a related note, can scientists ever be trusted to study deception without being deceived themselves? What can scientists learn about the mind from the illusions developed and practiced by professional magicians? Join magician and experimental psychologist Dr. Matthew L. Tompkins, author of The Spectacle of Illusion, for a fascinating talk exploring the psychology of magic. This talk will feature a mixture of storytelling and magical scientific demonstrations to explore how scientists, past and present, have approached the study of illusion. 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. The talk starts at 7:30 but we'll be around before for chat and drinks.

Fantastic Beasts and Why to Conserve Them

The Kings Arms

Conservation can be magical. Literally. And this complicates things. That is why protesters in Iceland will blockade road building projects which threaten the habitat of the endemic Icelandic elf. And why in some parts of Ethiopia people will protect Hyenas because they eat evil spirits. And why Caribbean owls are endangered because people persecute them because they are witches. Dr Caroline Ward of the University of Leeds will explore how beliefs in magic can endanger but also protect species, with important real world impacts. She'll show how this produces complex ethical and practical dilemmas for conservation, and talk about solutions. 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. The talk starts at 7:30 but we'll be around before for chat and drinks.

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