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. 

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: Facebook pageTwitter feedGoogle+ community, MeetUp group

David Warden

When?
Thursday, June 13 2019 at 7:00PM

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Where?

Goldsmith Avenue
Southsea
Portsmouth
PO4 0AW

Who?
David Warden

What's the talk about?

David Warden from Bournemouth Humanists will give a talk on 'The Science and Psychology of Happiness'

 

Happiness is a much-misunderstood concept. Many people think that it's self-indulgent or frivolous to pursue happiness and that we should pursue other goals instead, like meaning and purpose. David will argue that a meaningful life is, to a large extent, a happy life and therefore these goals should be seen as complementary rather than contradictory. Happiness is not only good for you. It's also good for everyone around you. David has studied the science and psychology of happiness for many years and he will suggest some techniques and practices you can adopt to enhance your experience of happiness and subjective wellbeing. Why would you not want to be happier?

 

£3 on the door

Doors 7pm 

Pixie Turner

When?
Thursday, July 11 2019 at 7:00PM

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Where?

Goldsmith Avenue
Southsea
Portsmouth
PO4 0AW

Who?
Pixie Turner

What's the talk about?

Despite a wealth of information at our fingertips there are still so many things we get wrong about our health, and with a new diet book out every other day it’s no wonder people are confused. What should we be eating? When? How often? Just how important is food when it comes to our overall health?

Humans have always been a bit weird around food. We’re told eating certain foods are the key to living longer, some foods are ‘sinful’ or ‘bad’, that ‘you are what you eat’, and that we must seek to obtain health at all costs. All this means we follow crazy diets that make things worse rather than better, and have a population where most of us dislike our bodies.
Pixie Turner will unpack why diet and nutrition misinformation is so problematic, on social media, in mass media, and on a public health level, and why we could all benefit from taking a moment to assess our personal relationship with food. Expect some mythbusting, diet rants, and lots of fully-referenced evidence-based science.

Doors: 7pm
Talk 7:30pm
£3 on the door