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. 

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Tickets are now available for June and July events. Limited numbers so early booking is advised.

Ash Pryce: How to Talk to the Dead June 11th Tickets £3 + booking fee
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/319497

Edzard Ernst: A Scientist in Wonderland July 9th Tickets £4.50 +booking fee
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/319494

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?

Tickets: Ash Pryce: How to Talk to the Dead June 11th Tickets £3 + booking fee
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/319497

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. 

From Ash, as he has had a few queries “Please note. This is a skeptically themed show and not intended as an actual demonstration of mediumship or psychic abilities”

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?

Edzard Ernst: A Scientist in Wonderland July 9th Tickets £4.50 +booking fee
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/319494

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 May @ £4.50 each

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.

When?
Thursday, October 8 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Johno Pearce

What's the talk about?

 Jonathan will be skilfully guiding us through a range of arguments for and against the existence of God. He will also offer some novel arguments that challenge the concept of an omniscient, omnipotent, omni-benevolent God. We're expecting an entertaining Q&A session after Jonathan's presentation. After a very successful show at this year's Brighton Fringe (in the Speigeltent) we're looking forward to welcoming Johno back to Portsmouth for a proper grilling.

 

Jonathan is a teacher and author from South Hampshire, who has dedicated many years of his life to all manner of things philosophical and theological. He is the author of several popular books including ‘The Nativity: A Critical Examination’, ‘Free Will? An investigation into whether we have free will, or whether I was always going to write this book’, and ‘The Little Book of Unholy Questions’. As an interlude from writing about philosophy and theology, he has also written a book of advice for dads of twins; Twins: A Survival Guide for Dads. He is a founder member of the Tippling Philosophers, a friendly group of disparate believers and non-believers based in Hampshire, and is also a founder author for the Skeptic Ink Network (SIN), an online community of skeptic writers, bloggers, academics, thinkers and activists. Check out their blog at http://skepticink.com/tippling/