What we're about

Welcome to the Wellington Skeptics in the Pub meetup group. This group is part of a larger, socially orientated group of skeptics. Details at http://skepticsinthepub.net.nz/

The format is pretty casual, we meet and chat - sommetimes there are set topics, sometimes not; it is entirely up to who is there. Everyone is welcome to lead a discussion on a topic on a given night, just email an organiser and let them know what you want to do.

"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." - Dr. Steven Novella of The New England Skeptics and The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast.

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Skeptics in the Pub Wellington Regular Meetup

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Another excuse for a good set of chats with interesting people. We're in the Lobby Lounge of the Intercontinental Hotel (not Two Grey next door!), 2 Grey St, Wellington, from 6.00pm.

Please note that the venue requires a vaccine pass as a condition of entry. Please ensure you have a valid vaccine pass with you before coming.

See you all there. :)

Celebrating the publication of Maori Boy Atheist, and our 2022 AGM

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On 20 August 2022, Eru Hiko-Tahuri launched his book Maori Boy Atheist at Rationalist House, Auckland. It has been translated into Maori and French, with distribution throughout the Pacific Islands. At the launch, NZARH President Hema Paterson introduced Eru, giving a background to the publication of Eru’s book. Eru will talk to us about his book, and there will be copies of Maori Boy Atheist available to purchase at this meeting. The launch of Maori Boy Atheist at Rationalist House may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI_w5Tjj5Xg

If you are interested in joining the Humanist NZ committee and supporting the work of humanism in New Zealand please contact our President Tim Wright at [masked] Now that we are familiar with Zoom, a useful consequence of the Covid Lockdown experience is that committee members can join us from other places in New Zealand.

If you can’t make it in person, feel free to join us via the Zoom link

All interested people are welcome, Society members and members of the public-bring a friend

Science Based Healthcare Activism in the Pub

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This is a regular meeting for people who want to be involved in skeptical activism. We spend an evening in a pub, working collaboratively on a skeptical subject of local (New Zealand) concern.

The kinds of projects envisioned for these evenings include filing complaints with the ASA, editing Wikipedia to add a skeptical viewpoint to articles that are not presently fairly balanced and creating small websites to counter unscientific claims made by organisations such as FFNZ and the IAS.

Our complaints with the ASA, and like places, are related mainly to Healthcare claims, but we are always willing to help with other topics.

The evening is technology-based; Please bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
We hope to be doing a lot of internet-based activity and will be connecting to the pub's WiFi network.

Get a free drink for your first complaint made!

Skeptics in Cyberspace

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Want to chat with interesting people who share your skeptical worldview?

As well as our local in-person meetups around the country, we're running a national virtual meetup every month. Whether you're an in-person regular, a skeptic from from a place that doesn't have regular meetings, or even living abroad, we'd love to have you join us.

Bring along a beer if you have any, along with any topics you want to talk about, and we'll see you on the interwebs.

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