What we're about

The Hampshire Skeptics Society is a non-profit organisation for the promotion of science, reason and critical thinking. We run the Winchester Skeptics group, which is open to all regardless of beliefs.

*** COVID-19 Update ***

With social distancing in place for the foreseeable future, there won’t be any meetings at any venue for a while yet.

Along with other SitP organizations in the UK we’re hosting livestreamed talks until the current situation changes - so, welcome to Skeptics In the Pub – Online! (https://www.facebook.com/Skeptics-in-the-Pub-Online-108713100774211/)

Visit us on Twitch at https://twitch.tv/sitp for live talks every Thursday at 7:00pm

You don’t need a Twitch account to watch, unless you wish to participate in the online chat.

For up-to-date information on future talks, follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HampshireSkeptics) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/HantsSkepSoc), or visit our website (http://www.hampshireskeptics.org).

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What is a skeptic? Dr. Steven Novella sums it up quite well:

"A skeptic is one who prefers beliefs and conclusions that are reliable and valid to ones that are comforting or convenient, and therefore rigorously and openly applies the methods of science and reason to all empirical claims, especially their own.
A skeptic provisionally proportions acceptance of any claim to valid logic and a fair and thorough assessment of available evidence, and studies the pitfalls of human reason and the mechanisms of deception so as to avoid being deceived by others or themselves.
Skepticism values method over any particular conclusion."

Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HampshireSkeptics) or Twitter (https://twitter.com/HantsSkepSoc), or visit our website (http://www.hampshireskeptics.org).

Upcoming events (4)

SitP Online: ‘Planetary Protection: Guardians of the Galaxy or party poopers?’

Join us Thursday 26th November 7pm GMT for ‘Planetary Protection: Guardians of the Galaxy or lame science party poopers?’ with astrobiologist Dr Jennifer Wandsworth. RSPV to join us online for this event. ‘Planetary Protection: Guardians of the Galaxy or lame science party poopers?’ What is planetary protection? Is it even important? Because it sounds like it’s either an incredibly exciting space battle strategy from Independence Day or an exceedingly dull health and safety class that future generations will be subjected to. In reality, it’s kind of both (except that thankfully it’s not from Independence Day). Dr Jennifer Wandsworth is a space scientist who recently finished her postdoc at NASA Ames Research Center, California, where she spent her time developing new ideas to help in the often-overlooked field of planetary protection. Jennifer will (hopefully) convince you of its importance for our continued exploration of the solar system and explain how it can even be applied to help solve some of our problems here on Earth. Event is produced in conjunction with the annual #EuropeanResearchersNight as part of Explorathon ‘20 - more details of this annual event at https://www.explorathon.co.uk

SitP Online: ‘Crisis of Faith: How Religion Ruined America's Pandemic Response’

Join us Thursday 3rd December 7pm GMT for ‘A Crisis of Faith: How Religion Ruined America's Pandemic Response’ with Noah Lugeons. RSVP to join us online for this event. ‘A Crisis of Faith: How Religion Ruined America's Pandemic Response’ When the COVID-19 crisis reached America, the US had more resources and expertise at its disposal to confront the threat than any nation on the planet, and yet the American response was homicidally inefficient. Why did America do so badly? Noah Lugeons goes beyond bad leadership to discuss the root of the problem: religion. When a crisis arose that required a scientific solution, religion’s response ranged from useless to detrimental. From churches ignoring state lockdowns, to televangelists declaring the disease miraculously eradicated, to pastors suing their governors for enforcing public safety measures, religion was at the forefront of virtually every misguided step towards catastrophe the United States took. Noah Lugeons is the author of Outbreak: A Crisis of Faith - How Religion Ruined Our Global Pandemic, in which he explores the themes of this talk in depth. As the Podcast Award winning host of The Scathing Atheist, Noah has spent almost a decade reporting on the most terrifying trends in American religiosity.

Skeptics of the Round Table Online - Social Event

Online event

Skeptics of the Round Table is The Hampshire Skeptics Society’s social meet-up. We are moving online via Zoom until we are able to safely meet in a group again in the pub. In contrast to the Skeptics in the Pub meetings there are no speakers and the main purpose of our meetings is to enable free and unrestricted conversations between like-minded people brought together by the ideal of promoting a skeptical and scientific view of the world we live in. Looking forward to meeting you soon in our online Round Table! You can click on this link, or paste it into a browser:- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87184874021?pwd=N1dmbmdLV3RINzlJY0s1UFVnb29sdz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Password: sitp

SitP Online: ‘The Human Cosmos’ with Dr Jo Marchant

Join us Thursday 10th December 7pm GMT for ‘The Human Cosmos’ with science journalist Dr Jo Marchant. RSVP to join us online for this event. ‘The Human Cosmos’ For most of human history, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship with the stars shaped who we are – our religious beliefs, power structures, scientific advances and even our biology. But over the last few centuries we have separated ourselves from the universe that surrounds us. And that disconnect comes at a cost. In her latest book, The Human Cosmos, Jo Marchant takes us on a tour through the history of humanity's relationship with the heavens. We travel to the Hall of the Bulls in Lascaux and witness the winter solstice at a 5,000-year-old tomb at Newgrange. We visit Medieval monks grappling with the nature of time and Tahitian sailors navigating by the stars. We discover how light reveals the chemical composition of the sun, and we are with Einstein as he works out that space and time are one and the same. A four-billion-year-old meteor inspires a search for extraterrestrial life. And we discover why stargazing can be really, really good for us. It is time for us to rediscover the full potential of the universe we inhabit, its wonder, its effect on our health, and its potential for inspiration and revelation. Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist. She has a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology from St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, London, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College. She has worked as an editor at New Scientist and Nature, and her articles have appeared in the Guardian, Wired, Observer, New York Times and Washington Post. She is the author of Decoding the Heavens, shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books, and Cure, shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

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