What we're about

The Merseyside Skeptics Society is a non-profit organisation which aims to develop and support the skeptical community on Merseyside. The society was founded in February 2009 and holds regular events in Liverpool City Centre. The society also publishes three podcasts, Skeptics with a K, InKredulous and Be Reasonable; is behind the 10:23 Campaign and, together with the Greater Manchester Skeptics, organises the QED conference.

Upcoming events (5)

Ethical realism in a universe without free will - Aaron Rabinowitz

Live event link: https://www.twitch.tv/sitp We've teamed up with other Skeptics in the Pub groups around the country to organise regular talks online during the pandemic. Skepticism and ethics are both essential features of a life of flourishing, but what should skeptics and critical thinkers know about ethics, and how should those beliefs motivate us to action? Philisopher Aaron Rabinowitz will put forward the case that skeptics should believe that ethics is real and free will is not, and will argue that adopting these two beliefs gives us the tools we need to improve the world through applied skepticism in a way that’s compassionate without being toothless. Aaron Rabinowitz is a lecturer in philosophy at Rutgers University, and host of the Embrace The Void and Philosophers in Space podcast. About Skeptics in the Pub - Online We are a coalition of UK-based Skeptics groups. Formed as the Covid-19 epidemic brought our country to a standstill, we are working to deliver high-quality online events focussing on Science, reason, and critical thinking. About Skeptics in the Pub - Online We are a coalition of UK-based Skeptics groups. Formed as the Covid-19 epidemic brought our country to a standstill, we are working to deliver high-quality online events focussing on Science, reason, and critical thinking. New to Skeptics in the Pub or Twitch or both? We anticipate that Twitch or SitP may be new for some of you so we will have *early doors at 6:45* to welcome new attendees and answer any questions you may have. A useful guide to Twitch here: https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-twitch-4143337 You don't need a Twitch account to watch the talk only if you want to take part in the chat. You won't need an account to ask questions in the Q&A though. More details on accessibility, inclusion and safety here: https://www.skepticsinthepub.org/online-safety

Slashers on the Sofa: Freddy vs Jason - Merseyside Skeptics Society Watch Party

Get in the Halloween spirit and join us on Wednesday 28 October to watch Freddy vs Jason, the crossover between the seemingly endless 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Friday the 13th' slasher movie series. Freddy vs Jason was nominated for best horror movie at the Saturn Awards, but at 41% on Rotten Tomatoes, reviews were mixed: "It's completely daft, and the one-liners are by now just plain cheesy, but there's a good deal of gore to keep the faithful amused, if not completely happy." (Kim Newman, Empire) "Only masochists need contemplate laying down good money on this atrocity." (Peter Howell, Toronto Star) "It's bloody, it's loud, it's gratuitous, and it's ridiculous. Sweet." (Tom Long, Detroit News) Freddy vs Jason is currently available to stream on UK Netflix, rated 18 by the BBFC. Join us to chat along from 7.45pm on our Discord server in the #Movies channel: https://discord.gg/mSG36vv We will be starting the movie at 8pm sharp, and suggest you keep going without hitting pause for the optimal viewing and chatting experience. Have your popcorn at the ready! DISCORD NOTES: The easiest way to chat along is using the (free) discord app from your phone or tablet, so you can chat along while watching on your TV or other big screen. We'd recommend downloading it in advance. The browser version does work, but it isn't as good.. DISCORD NOTES: The easiest way to chat along is using the (free) discord app from your phone or tablet, so you can chat along while watching on your TV or other big screen. We'd recommend downloading it in advance. The browser version does work, but it isn't as good. *Quote and stats from https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/left-behind-and-the-worst-movie-break-in-of-all-time/

The bloody work of naturopaths - Britt Hermes

Online event

Live event link: https://www.twitch.tv/sitp We've teamed up with other Skeptics in the Pub groups around the country to organise regular talks online during the pandemic. Naturopathy is scary! For three years, I practiced as a licensed “naturopathic doctor” in the United States. The overwhelming majority of naturopathic care relies extensively on dubious alternative therapies, rather than established protocols based on medical and scientific research. In this Halloween-themed talk, I share the experiences that led to my interest in natural medicine, some spooky naturopathic practices, and how I became the most hated naturopath in the world. Britt Hermes is a writer, scientist, and a former naturopathic doctor. She practiced as a licensed naturopath in the United States and then left the profession after realizing naturopathy is a pseudoscientific ideology. Since this time, Britt has been working to understand and communicate how she was tricked by alternative medicine, so others do not repeat her mistake. She now writes to expose issues with naturopathy, the current rising profession in alternative medicine. Her work focuses on the deceptions naturopathic practitioners employ to scam patients and contrive legitimacy in political arenas. She hopes her stories will protect patients from the false beliefs and bogus treatments sold by alternative medicine practitioners. Hermes is currently living in Germany where she is completing her doctorate in evolutionary genomics. About Skeptics in the Pub - Online We are a coalition of UK-based Skeptics groups. Formed as the Covid-19 epidemic brought our country to a standstill, we are working to deliver high-quality online events focussing on Science, reason, and critical thinking. About Skeptics in the Pub - Online We are a coalition of UK-based Skeptics groups. Formed as the Covid-19 epidemic brought our country to a standstill, we are working to deliver high-quality online events focussing on Science, reason, and critical thinking. New to Skeptics in the Pub or Twitch or both? We anticipate that Twitch or SitP may be new for some of you so we will have *early doors at 6:45* to welcome new attendees and answer any questions you may have. A useful guide to Twitch here: https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-twitch-4143337 You don't need a Twitch account to watch the talk only if you want to take part in the chat. You won't need an account to ask questions in the Q&A though. More details on accessibility, inclusion and safety here: https://www.skepticsinthepub.org/online-safety

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts! - Richard Wiseman and Chris French

Live event link: https://www.twitch.tv/sitp We've teamed up with other Skeptics in the Pub groups around the country to organise regular talks online during the pandemic. ***This is going to be a charity fundraiser - more details on this to come!*** October 31st is Halloween - traditionally the scariest night of the year (although we're a bit more scared about what might happen in the US election a few days later). All things considered, it’s pretty safe to say that this has been a slightly unsettling year for lots of people and the last thing we need right now is a bunch of ghosts and ghouls turning up and causing havoc on Halloween. Fear not, however, because we're pleased to say that ghosts don’t actually exist. But if ghosts aren’t real, why do so many people believe that they’ve seen one? How can we explain the supernatural experiences people have reported? How do places develop a reputation for being haunted? What are those things that go bump in the night? Richard Wiseman is a psychologist and author. For years, he has researched the science behind the paranormal. At 7pm on Saturday 31st October, he will be discussing the natural explanations behind the supernatural and showing how the paranormal is perfectly normal. Richard will be Interviewed by his good friend Chris French, Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths. Richard Wiseman Professor Richard Wiseman has been described by a Scientific American columnist as ‘…one of the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologists in the world today.’ His books have sold over 3 million copies and he regularly appears on the media. Richard also presents keynote talks to organisations across the world, including The Swiss Economic Forum, Google and Amazon. He holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, is one of the most followed psychologists on Twitter, and the Independent On Sunday chose him as one of the top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live. Richard is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle, a Director of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has created psychology-based YouTube videos that have attracted over 500 million views. He also acts as a creative consultant, including work with Derren Brown, The Twilight Zone and the hit television show, Brain Games. About Skeptics in the Pub - Online We are a coalition of UK-based Skeptics groups. Formed as the Covid-19 epidemic brought our country to a standstill, we are working to deliver high-quality online events focussing on Science, reason, and critical thinking. About Skeptics in the Pub - Online We are a coalition of UK-based Skeptics groups. Formed as the Covid-19 epidemic brought our country to a standstill, we are working to deliver high-quality online events focussing on Science, reason, and critical thinking. New to Skeptics in the Pub or Twitch or both? We anticipate that Twitch or SitP may be new for some of you so we will have *early doors at 6:45* to welcome new attendees and answer any questions you may have. A useful guide to Twitch here: https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-twitch-4143337 You don't need a Twitch account to watch the talk only if you want to take part in the chat. You won't need an account to ask questions in the Q&A though. More details on accessibility, inclusion and safety here: https://www.skepticsinthepub.org/online-safety

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