Skeptics in the Pub Winchester hosts a guest speaker on the last Thursday of every month. Skeptics in the Pub exists to provide an opportunity for people who are interested in science, skepticism, rationalism and critical thinking to socialise and discuss matters of interest. 

The meetings are open to all regardless of beliefs and each month’s talk will be followed up with a challenging Q&A session and social. Winchester SitP is part of a national and global network of SitP events and is organised by the Hampshire Skeptics Society.

The Hampshire Skeptics Society is a non-profit organisation for the promotion of science, reason and critical thinking, humanism and a secular life.

What Your Head Is Really Up To

Dean Burnett

When?
Thursday, May 26 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street
Winchester
SO23 8SB

Who?
Dean Burnett

What's the talk about?

The hugely popular Guardian Brain Flapping science blogger, Dean Burnett, returns to Winchester Skeptics to talk about his new book: The Idiot Brain.

It is a surprising, funny and mind-bending examination of how and why the brain sabotages our behaviour.

Dr Dean Burnett has spent nearly two decades studying the human brain, the most complex, mysterious object in the known universe. In the same way that flaws begin to show when you spend too much time with one person, over time Burnett has come to learn that the human brain can be quite unreliable.
The Idiot Brain explores the many ways in which the brain does things inefficiently, illogically or just plain stupidly, and how these regularly end up influencing our everyday lives and the world around us.

From attention mechanisms to memory processing, the neuroscience of sleep and the psychology of superstition, The Idiot Brain highlights all manner of ways in which the brain is flawed or shoddy, how these impact on our lives in countless ways, and how it’s OK to laugh at all this regardless.

An exploration of our perception of ionising radiation risk, from accidents to activism

Becky Alexis-Martin

When?
Thursday, June 30 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street
Winchester
SO23 8SB

Who?
Becky Alexis-Martin

What's the talk about?

This year is the 5th anniversary of Fukushima, the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban and the 30th anniversary of Chernobyl. It's a year of nuclear memorial, and I want to talk to you about the past, present and future of ionising radiation and society. I currently research the experiences and the interactions of people who are linked in some way to radioactivity, from anti-nuclear activists to nuclear accident survivors and atomic test veterans.

My talk will explore our perceptions of radiation risk and will consider the social impacts that it can have upon humans. I will delve into the fraught experiences of the Hibakusha, the stoicism of the Babushkas of Chernobyl, the self-proclaimed "mutants" of Semipalatinsk, and the day-to-day lives of the men who tested the atomic bombs. I will investigate the fallout from anti-nuclear activism, and contemplate the societal impacts of North Korea's future nuclear strategy. It's going to be a blast.


Becky Alexis-Martin is a research fellow at the University of Southampton. She has written for Resilience, Guru and the Guardian and has spoken at the Royal Geographical Society. She contains approximately 6000 Bq of radioactivity on an average day.

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/geography/about/staff/rm16g12.page

www.radpop.co.uk<http://www.radpop.co.uk>

@CalamityCake


Becky Alexis-Martin
Research Fellow: Nuclear Geographies

Nuclear Families: Exploring the lived experiences of nuclear veteran families

RADPOP: Exploring the demographics of radiation protection

Campus is Critical: Observing academic anti-nuclear activism

Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula

When?
Thursday, July 28 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street
Winchester
SO23 8SB

Who?
Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula

What's the talk about?

As you read this, you're on a huge, sticky rock called Earth, hurtling round a nuclear fireball at 67,000 miles per hour. If that fact feels weird and unsettling you're more likely to remember it – the bits of our brains that encode long-term memory are linked to the bits dealing with emotion (and our sense of smell). And this odd memory-creating process affects our sense of the passing of time. Lots of what we know about space, time and ourselves is surprising and counter-intuitive. But if it's so peculiar, how did we puzzle it out? Unlike the Doctor in Doctor Who, we can’t feel the turn of the Earth beneath us. We don’t have a TARDIS to take us to other planets for a quick look round. But what does the Doctor do when he lands on an alien world where something strange is happening? He explores, looks for clues and asks awkward questions – sometimes getting in trouble with whoever’s in charge... Illustrated talk using clips from the TV show, we'll shows how Doctor Who uses science to inform its unique style of storytelling – and just how close it has often come to predicting future scientific discoveries.
 
Dr Marek Kukula, Public Astronomer, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Royal Museums Greenwich. He regularly appears on TV and radio, this is him on BBC News explaining why Pluto is not a planet.
 
Simon Guerrier, science fiction author and dramatist. He has given talks at the National Portrait Gallery, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and at various literary festivals around the country. He was a guest on Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage in 2015.
 

Marek and Simon are the authors of The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who (BBC Books, 2015). 

Kevin Precious

When?
Thursday, August 25 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street
Winchester
SO23 8SB

Who?
Kevin Precious

What's the talk about?

 Kevin Precious is a former RE teacher turned stand-up comedian and promoter.  Besides having played many of the top clubs in the land, he also promotes shows in arts centres and theatres under the Barnstormers Comedy banner. He has previously toured the country with a stand-up show entitled 'Not Appropriate', dedicated to the business of teaching. 


In between the various comedic activites, he attends his local humanist group - he's an agnostic, folks - where he loves a good old debate about the big questions in life.  Expect jokes and stories then, about his time as an RE teacher, being a humanist, the God-Shaped Hole, and the philosophy of religion... and you can ask him a few questions of your own afterwards, if you wish.