Welcome to Portsmouth Skeptics

Honorary President: 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. £3 door charge covers 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. 

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Jim Al-Khalili 

When?
Thursday, March 8 2018 at 7:15PM

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Where?

Goldsmith Avenue
Southsea
Portsmouth
PO4 0AW

Who?
Jim Al-Khalili 

What's the talk about?

We welcome back our Honorary President Professor Jim Al-Khalili with What's next?

Tickets @ £3 each will go on sale at our January and February talks, any remainders will then go on-line.

Predicting what the future will look like is not new. It is also a notoriously unreliable enterprise. Science fiction writers and Hollywood movies constantly paint imaginative pictures of future worlds, but what does today’s cutting-edge science tell us about the way we will actually be living in the decades to come? In this talk, based on his book What’s Next?, Jim Al-Khalili looks at the challenges facing humanity and what science can do to tackle the biggest of them. By considering the impact of such fields as nanotechnology, genetic engineering and artificial intelligence, he argues that the world not likely to be all shiny utopian marvels – nor is it going to be a dystopian hell. Along with the the known ‘knowns’ (technologies based on today’s scientific advances) and the known ‘unknowns’ (such as predictable advances in healthcare, transport or robotics) are there going to be any unknown ‘unknowns’ (utterly unexpected and fantastical breakthoughs that no one has yet dared imagine)? Probably, yes – whatever it holds, the future is bound to surprise us. But we need to prepare for it and examine the possible implications, ethical or otherwise, of these scientific advances.


General arrival - 19:00-19:20
Presentation - 19:30
Drinks break - 20:30
Q&A session 20:45 until around 21:30
(Approximate timings only)

Tony Curran

When?
Thursday, April 12 2018 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Goldsmith Avenue
Southsea
Portsmouth
PO4 0AW

Who?
Tony Curran

What's the talk about?

 In this interactive SitP session human impact on the environment will be explored along three themes: 

1. What are we doing to the planet that is not sustainable?
2. What impacts will we see? How will they affect earth, humans and other species?
3. What solutions can we come up with?

The audience will play a quiz throughout the session to learn about each aspect of sustainability.

About Tony:

"The shows and workshops I run stem from my PhD and post-doctoral research in environmental science. I am also a member of the Public Engagement with Research team at the University of Southampton."