Welcome to Portsmouth Skeptics in the Pub

Honorary Chairman: Professor Jim Al-Khalili

We are a friendly, informal group who meet to enjoy talks on science, pseudo-science, philosophy, religion (and more), and to chat about these subjects over a drink. You can find details of our upcoming meetings below.

We usually meet on the second Thursday of each month, at the Florence Arms, Southsea. Meetings are free, but we do appreciate a small donation to cover speakers’ expenses.

What can you expect at our events? Interesting talks, lively debate, a chance to hang with people who have a rational outlook, and people willing to listen to you and answer your questions. 

To keep up with future events, you can sign up to our mailing list (below, in the sidebar to the right), or follow us on social media: Click here for our Facebook page , here for our Twitter feedhere for our Google+ community

We are very pleased to announce Prof Edzard Ernst as a speaker on Thursday 9th July at The Florence Arms.

We have been working with a group of SitPs in the South to bring Prof. Ernst over from France for a small speaking tour. To cover his costs tickets will go on sale for this event. Early Bird tickets will be available in person from our event in April @ £4.50 each, any left over will be put online.

When?
Thursday, April 9 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Ian Parker

What's the talk about?

HPAs are enjoying renewed interest. In 2012 the UK's Royal Aeronautical Society held the first Icarus Cup, a competition for HPAs which was held at Lasham airfield. Some five aircraft teams competed. It will take place there again this year. In the last few years the first human-powered helicopter has flown as well as the first flapping-wing HPA (ornithopter). There are quite a few prizes for HPA teams to compete for. For example, In the late-1980s an HPA re-enacted the mythical flight of Daedalus from Crete to Santorini, a distance of just over 70 miles.

Ian Parker started gliding with the Air Cadets in 1972 and at university he flew hang-gliders and took up parachuting. In 1980 he became an aerospace journalist and started powered flying. In the early 1980s he wrote about HPAs for Flight international and was invited to join the team which built a 102-foot wingspan, inflatable HPA called Phoenix. In 1982, Ian became the pilot of Pheonix, flying the aircraft in London. Last year the Royal Aeronautical Society acknowledged Ian as an aerospace world record holder as pilot of the world's slowest aeroplane. Phoenix flew at 4mph. Ian instructs on the Yakovlev series of Russian aerobatic types and aircraft he has flown include the Shorts Tucano, de Havilland Vampire and Supermarine Spitfire.

When?
Thursday, May 14 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Iszi Lawrence

What's the talk about?

 

Skeptic, comedian and voice of the Skeptics Guide To The Universe, Iszi Lawrence is coming to Portsmouth Skeptics in the Pub with her new show The Z List Dead List.The Z List Dead List is a live comedy show about obscure people from History. As a skeptic, Iszi has found a few that will peak your interest. 

Expect woo, violence, sex and death. And a competition. 

 

The show is also a podcast with guest interviews from Jon Ronson, Griff Rhys Jones, Natalie Haynes, Neil Denny, Richard Herring etc. 

You can find it on iTunes here: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-z-list-dead-list/id915778702?mt=2 

or go to the website www.zlistdeadlist.com 

Ash Pryce

When?
Thursday, June 11 2015 at 7:45PM

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Where?

18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Ash Pryce

What's the talk about?

Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born. This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including levitating tables, ectoplasm manifestation and spirit communication.


Part magic show, part comedy, part rational inquiry this fun show has regularly packed venues at the Edinburgh fringe.

Ouija Boards
Spirit Slates
Spirit Communication
Stopped Pulses
Spewing ectoplasm
And more...


Ash Pryce is a performer, director and occassional magician based in Scotland.  He has written and staged several skeptically themed shows looking at myths & legends, ghosts, psychics and mediumship as well as producing full plays ranging from Faustus to more contemporary original shows in Edinburgh.  He is the founder of Edinburgh Skeptics, the newly started History in the Pub Edinburgh, and runs what is believed to be the worlds first skeptical ghost tour every Fringe.  He lives just outside of Edinburgh with his three Degus, one of which holds a grudge against him.

Ticketed Event

Edzard Ernst

When?
Thursday, July 9 2015 at 7:45PM

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Where?

18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Edzard Ernst

What's the talk about?

 

We are very pleased to announce Prof Edzard Ernst as a speaker on Thursday 9th July at The Florence Arms.

We have been working with a group of SitPs in the South to bring Prof. Ernst over from France for a small speaking tour. To cover his costs tickets will go on sale for this event. Early Bird tickets will be available in person from our event in April @ £4.50 each, any left over will be put online.

Prof Ernst will talk about research in alternative medicine. He has conducted research in this field for 20 years and will provide thought-provoking insights into his results, experiences and conclusions. 

 

About the speaker:

 

Edzard Ernst is an academic physician and researcher specializing in the study of complementary and alternative medicine.

 

He was appointed Professor of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter, the first such academic position in the world.

 

He served as chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Vienna but left this position in 1993 to set up the department of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter.

 

He became director of complementary medicine of the Peninsula Medical School in 2002. Ernst was the first occupant of the Laing chair in Complementary Medicine, retiring in 2011.

 

Edzard's writing appeared in a regular column in The Guardian where he reviewed news stories about complementary medicine from an evidence based perspective. Since his research began he has been seen as "the scourge of alternative medicine" for publishing critical research that exposes methods that lack documentation of efficacy.