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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A human-systems perspective

Jamal Kinsella

When?
Thursday, May 10 2018 at 7:15PM

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Where?

Goldsmith Avenue
Southsea
Portsmouth
PO4 0AW

Who?
Jamal Kinsella

What's the talk about?

Who do you blame when things go wrong? A human-systems perspective

We live in a world where every decision carries with it many risks, and multiple chaotic systems interacting means that at any moment things we expect can fail to occur, and this can have severe consequences. These consequences can range from very personal, or organisational, or societal, or even global. But when things go wrong, whether it's a world catastrophe or an individual's tragedy, who do we blame? To answer this question, cognitive scientist Jamal Kinsella will talk about the psychology behind blame: why we do it, its consequences on our mental wellbeing, and our behaviour towards the people and world around us.

Drawing from his research in human factors engineering will explore a human-systems perspective, where human behaviours are seen as parts of a greater network of systems that influence the world, can inform a more humanistic, psychologically stable, and scientifically accurate assessment of incidents that happen, both personally and globally. Jamal hopes that those present (especially himself!) will all gain new insight into ways of managing our human biases and judgements and apply thoughtful approaches to incident analysis to our own lives

Jenny Walker

When?
Thursday, June 14 2018 at 7:15PM

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Where?

Goldsmith Avenue
Southsea
Portsmouth
PO4 0AW

Who?
Jenny Walker

What's the talk about?

We've invited computer scientist and president of Robogals Southampton, Jenny Walker, to discuss a range of questions from about how computers and humans relate to each other.

In this event, we'll all get the opportunity to explore, with creativity, history, and scientific insight, our personal answers to the question: "Should we let computers make decisions for us?"

Jenny will discuss the pros and cons of using machines and algorithms to make important decisions. In a world of increasingly big data, it seems that machine learning and efficient data crunching algorithms will be the way of the future, but how much can we trust computer algorithms with decisions in our day to day lives and on a larger scale?

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)