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Welcome to Portsmouth Skeptics in the Pub! We are a friendly, informal group, and we 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.

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How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch

Lewis Darnell

When?
Thursday, February 12 2015 at 7:45PM

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Where?

18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Lewis Darnell

What's the talk about?

Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the worlds as we know it is over and humanity must start again.  What would you need to know to not only survive in the immediate aftermath, but avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the rebooting of civilisation from scratch? The Knowledge is a grand thought experiment on the behind-the -scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Dr Lewis Darnell is the author of Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide, My Tourist Guide to the Solar System and The Knowlegde: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch.

 

Kevin Friery

When?
Thursday, March 12 2015 at 7:45PM

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Where?

18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Kevin Friery

What's the talk about?

 Kevin Friery´╗┐ is a skeptical Psychotherapist. With a background in Psychology and Counselling he has been closely involved with the world of psychological therapies since a time when they hadn't discovered the 'C' in CBT.

One of his claims to fame (Try and stop him talking about it!) is that he has appeared several times on BBC 1's The Big Questions offering the voice of skepticism and reason in the face of some very vocal True Believers.

A Bit Of Slap & Tickle takes a close and skeptical look at some of the 'treatments' for common mental health conditions, and looks at the people who profess themselves to be 'practitioners'. It looks at the meaning of effectiveness and explores our relationship with placebos and comes up with some uncomfortable conclusions.

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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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.