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. A donation of £3 is suggested 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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PORTSMOUTH SITP: SEASONAL SKEPTICAL CABARET 1st December, 2016
Tickets £4 on sale at our October & November sessions or online here

Dr Mike Wood

When?
Thursday, January 12 2017 at 7:15PM

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Where?

1 Lord Montgomery Way
Portsmouth
PO1 2AH

Who?
Dr Mike Wood

What's the talk about?

Conspiracy theories are everywhere – and, arguably, always have been. What influences us to believe or reject them? Why do some events give rise to more conspiracy theories than others? What does the prevalence of conspiracy theories say about us as a society? And how is The Simpsons like an ancient Babylonian sheep’s liver? This whirlwind tour through conspiracy theory psychology will focus particularly on how suspicion, paranoia, and ambiguity help us to make sense of an uncertain world.


Dr Mike Wood is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Winchester, where he teaches social psychology, political psychology, and research methods, and conducts research on conspiracy theories and the future of methodology and statistical practice in empirical psychology. He has been interviewed on NPR, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, and Slate, and blogs irregularly at Conspiracy Psychology.

Dr Karen Masters

When?
Thursday, March 9 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

1 Lord Montgomery Way
Portsmouth
PO1 2AH

Who?
Dr Karen Masters

What's the talk about?

In this talk I will cover the real science behind HG Well’s ideas about time travel through the space-time continuum. I will go on describe how we look back in time across the history of the Universe when we observe distant galaxies, and talk about how realistic HG Wells view of the far future of the Earth-Sun system was based on our current understanding of the future evolution of the Sun. I will finish by talking about the force of gravity and the anti-gravity effects revealed by observations of distance supernova which show that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating.

Dr. Karen Masters is a Reader in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth. Her research interests are in the area of extragalactic astronomy typically using data from astronomically large surveys. She is the Project Scientist for the online citizen science project www.galaxyzoo.org and the Spokesperson for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey collaboration (www.sdss.org). She teaches physics to undergraduates in Portsmouth.