Welcome

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.

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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Katie Tucker

When?
Thursday, September 11 2014 at 7:45PM

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Where?

18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Katie Tucker

What's the talk about?

Details of talk to follow.

Dr Katie Tucker is a Human Osteologist and Archaeologist with many years of professional experience in excavation and the analysis of human remains.

Katie graduated from the University of Bristol in 2001, completing her MSc in Human Osteology and Palaeopathology at the University of Bradford in 2003 and completing her PhD on the osteology and archaeology of human decapitation in Britain at the University of Winchester in early 2012.

She works in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Winchester and also conducts research through the Department’s consultancy arm, ARCA. Katie has worked as a Human Osteoarchaeologist on projects including the medieval leper hospital at the St Mary Magdalen Hill site.

Her research interests include Roman and medieval cemetery assemblages, peri-mortem trauma in skeletal remains, non-normative burial practices and the archaeology and osteology of leprosy.

Previously, she has worked on material from the Mesolithic through to the post-medieval period, from single inhumations to large cemetery sites, cremations and disarticulated/commingled remains, in the UK, Europe and Africa.

Bob Nichol

When?
Thursday, October 9 2014 at 7:45PM

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Where?

18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Bob Nichol

What's the talk about?

Bob Nichol is a Professor of Astrophysics at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG) at the University of Portsmouth. He is presently Spokesperson for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS;www.sdss3.org) and has been involved with this digital survey of the Heavens for over 15 years. Since locating back in the UK after 12 years in the US, Bob has received both a Marie Curie Excellence Chair and Marie Curie Award (2007) from the European Commission for his cosmological research.

...and other things about online romance

When?
Thursday, November 13 2014 at 7:45PM

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Where?

18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Dr. Martin Graff

What's the talk about?

Can you really find true love on the Internet? How do people actually portray themselves online? Can you have a virtual affair? 

This talk will examine all of these issues drawing on current empirical evidence from studies on online relationships.  The talk will also cover some of the major research work on the online disinhibition effect, which suggest that we disclose more personal information, and do this more quickly in online environments.  Finally, the talk will also draw on some of the speaker’s own research on online infidelity.

Dr Martin Graff is Reader and Head of Research in Psychology at University of Glamorgan

When?
Thursday, December 11 2014 at 7:45PM

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