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Steve Colgan

When?
Thursday, January 14 2016 at 7:30PM

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18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Steve Colgan

What's the talk about?

Given the bewildering variety of life on Earth – all stemming from one self-replicating molecule – can we really predict what life on other worlds is like? Maybe not. But we can imagine what it isn’t like. 

Stevyn Colgan has been involved with aliens for three decades. He’s held Jabba the Hutt’s face, helped sculpt creatures for Bruce Willis to shoot at, and had a script accepted for Doctor Who in the 1980s. In this entertaining talk, you’ll hear about feuding gangs of scientists, film directors with less imagination than children, and the perils of concrete poo. You’ll also come to realise that if we really are intelligently designed, we're an illogical and inefficient system.

 

Stevyn Colgan is an author, artist, songwriter, speaker and oddly-spelled Cornishman. He is one of the ‘Elves’ that research and write the popular BBC TV series QI and co-writes its sister show, The Museum of Curiosity, for BBC Radio 4. He has given hundreds of talks across the UK and USA and is a regular at festivals and events such as Skeptics in the Pub, QEDCon, Cornbury, Hay, Cheltenham, Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe. He is a contributor to the bestselling QI books and annuals and is the author of ‘Joined-Up Thinking, Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope’, ‘Henhwedhlow: The Clotted Cream of Cornish Folk Tales’, ‘The Third Condiment’, ‘Why Did The Policeman Cross The Road?’ and co-wrote ‘Saving Bletchley Park’ with Dr Sue Black.

Clio Bellenis

When?
Thursday, November 12 2015 at 7:30PM

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18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Clio Bellenis

What's the talk about?

Why are psychiatric drugs so frequently denigrated by popular press and Skeptics alike? Is it rational, or based on something less reasonable?

Dr Clio Bellenis is a Child Adolescent Psychiatrist and a Clinical Director with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Follow Clio Bellenis on twitter @CBellenis

Johno Pearce

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

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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/

JIM AL-KHALILI

When?
Thursday, September 10 2015 at 7:30PM

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102 Milton Rd
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO3 6AR

Who?
JIM AL-KHALILI

What's the talk about?

We welcome back Portsmouth Skeptics Honorary Chairman this September with a talk entitled: Quantum Life: How physics can revolutionise biology.

Tickets £3.50 each: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/329076

How do migrating birds know where to go? How do we really smell the scent of a rose? How do our genes manage to copy themselves with such precision? Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation?

Jim Al-Khalili will reveal the hitherto missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics and the strange phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences. 

Please note the change to our usual venue

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Edzard Ernst

When?
Thursday, July 9 2015 at 7:45PM

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18-20 Florence Rd
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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.

Ash Pryce

When?
Thursday, June 11 2015 at 7:45PM

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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”

When?
Thursday, May 14 2015 at 7:30PM

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18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Iszi Lawrence

What's the talk about?

 

Skeptic, comedian and voice of the Skeptics Guide To The Universe, Iszi Lawrence is coming to Portsmouth Skeptics in the Pub with her new show The Z List Dead List.The Z List Dead List is a live comedy show about obscure people from History. As a skeptic, Iszi has found a few that will peak your interest. 

Expect woo, violence, sex and death. And a competition. 

 

The show is also a podcast with guest interviews from Jon Ronson, Griff Rhys Jones, Natalie Haynes, Neil Denny, Richard Herring etc. 

You can find it on iTunes here: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-z-list-dead-list/id915778702?mt=2 

or go to the website www.zlistdeadlist.com 

When?
Thursday, April 9 2015 at 7:30PM

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18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Ian Parker

What's the talk about?

Cancelled - Due to unforeseen circumstances we regret we are going to cancel the SitP talk this Thursday. Look forward to seeing you next month Portsmouth Skeptics

 

Kevin Friery

When?
Thursday, March 12 2015 at 7:45PM

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18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Kevin Friery

What's the talk about?

 Kevin Friery´╗┐ is a skeptical Psychotherapist. With a background in Psychology and Counselling he has been closely involved with the world of psychological therapies since a time when they hadn't discovered the 'C' in CBT.

One of his claims to fame (Try and stop him talking about it!) is that he has appeared several times on BBC 1's The Big Questions offering the voice of skepticism and reason in the face of some very vocal True Believers.

A Bit Of Slap & Tickle takes a close and skeptical look at some of the 'treatments' for common mental health conditions, and looks at the people who profess themselves to be 'practitioners'. It looks at the meaning of effectiveness and explores our relationship with placebos and comes up with some uncomfortable conclusions.

How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch

Lewis Darnell

When?
Thursday, February 12 2015 at 7:45PM

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18-20 Florence Rd
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PO5 2NE

Who?
Lewis Darnell

What's the talk about?

Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the worlds as we know it is over and humanity must start again.  What would you need to know to not only survive in the immediate aftermath, but avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the rebooting of civilisation from scratch? The Knowledge is a grand thought experiment on the behind-the -scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Dr Lewis Darnell is the author of Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide, My Tourist Guide to the Solar System and The Knowlegde: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch.

 

How God 'Cures' Alcoholics

Jon Stewart

When?
Thursday, January 8 2015 at 7:45PM

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18-20 Florence Rd
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Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?
Jon Stewart

What's the talk about?

Alcoholics Anonymous has become a widely accepted and media approved treatment for problem drinkers. Yet while AA’s social worth is rarely challenged its efficacy rate, estimated to be around 5%, appears comparable to that of natural spontaneous remission. Can a non-existent "higher power" really offer meaningful solutions to the debilitating and frequently fatal condition of alcoholism?  If so, then what happens to all the alcoholic atheists and skeptics?  How did AA’s famous 12 steps become the go-to treatment modality for one of the great social health scourges of our age?  It’s the twenty first century, is this really the best we can do?

Jon Stewart was co-founder, guitarist and co-songwriter for platinum-selling Britpop band Sleeper, with whom he enjoyed three UK Top 10 albums and eight UK Top 40 singles from 1993-1998. Jon currently lectures in popular culture and popular music at BIMM Institute, and is a PhD researcher at University of Southampton.  Author of a long-running column in Guitarist magazine, he has also published a wide range of research in peer reviewed journals and edited collections of academic essays.
 
Jon was an active and enthusiastic member of Alcoholics Anonymous for fourteen years, but now campaigns for more up-to-date evidence-based secular treatment options. 
 

Seasonal Meal and Skeptical Chatter

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

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18-20 Florence Rd
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 2NE

Who?

What's the talk about?

Join us for a get together, discussing matters skeptical and testing our grey matter with one of Mark's fiendish quizzes!

Please note meals need to be booked in advance from The Flo.

http://www.florencearmssouthsea.co.uk