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Wycombe Skeptics Open Mic Night
It is that time of year, the legendary Wycombe Skeptics Open mic night! It's time for YOU to give a short 10 minute talk on the topic of your choice... the only criteria is that it should have some skeptical/scientific/evidence based angle to it! There will then be a few minutes for audience questions after each talk. If you would like to give a talk please leave a message here, or email [masked] with your name and talk idea, there will only be about 8 to 10 slots, so sign up now to avoid disappointment. There will be the usual cash bar, great conversation, plenty of laughs, and plenty to get your mind whirring. A totally free event to attend, and everyone is welcome! Who are we? Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area. Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife and many other areas of life. We we often end up talking about superstition, science, religious fundamentalism, health, censorship and conspiracy theory We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism.. You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in with conversation and views! Our Website is at wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org (http://wycombe.skepticsinthepub.org/) where you will find links to join our Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HighWycombeSkeptics/) page and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/wycombesitp).

High Wycombe Arts Centre

Desborough Road · High Wycombe

What we're about

Skeptics in the Pub (or Sceptics in the Pub, if you prefer) are groups which meet and converse in the UK and beyond, usually gathering once every month.

The event was founded in London, UK by Dr Scott Campbell in 1999, for all those interested in science, history, psychology, philosophy, investigative journalism and how to examine extraordinary claims of all types.

A speaker (or number of speakers) is invited each month to present a topic of interest, which is followed by a discussion in a relaxed and friendly pub atmosphere.

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism. This means we often end up talking about superstition, religious fundamentalism, censorship and conspiracy theory.

The following definition (
http://skepticblog.org/2008/11/17/skeptic-the-name-thing-again/), due to Steven Novella, pretty much sums up where we are coming from:

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.

In short skepticism is an intellectual speciality that is grounded in science and the humanities and includes any knowledge that deals with the nature of knowledge and belief, critical thinking, the foibles of the human intellect, and deception.

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