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.

The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology

Johnjoe McFadden

When?
Thursday, May 28 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street
Winchester
SO23 8SB

Who?
Johnjoe McFadden

What's the talk about?

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?

Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on how evolution works, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of life's dynamics. Bringing together first-hand experience of science at the cutting edge with unparalleled gifts of exposition and explanation, Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe Macfadden reveal the hitherto missing ingredient to be quantum mechanics and the strange phenomena that lie at the heart of this most mysterious of sciences. Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, they show how photosynthesis relies on subatomic particles existing in many places at once, while inside enzymes, those workhorses of life that make every molecule within our cells, particles vanish from one point in space and instantly materialize in another.

Johnjoe McFadden was born in Donegal, Ireland but brought up in the UK. He obtained his PhD at Imperial College London and went on to work on human genetic diseases and then infectious diseases, at the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK. For more than a decade, Professor McFadden has specialised in examining the genetics of microbes such as the agents of tuberculosis and meningitis. He has published more than 100 articles in scientific journals on subjects as wide-ranging as bacterial genetics, tuberculosis, idiopathic diseases and computer modelling of evolution and has edited a book on the genetics of mycobacteria. He has lectured extensively in the UK, Europe, the USA and Japan and his work has been featured in radio, television and national newspaper articles. His present post is Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Surrey. 

Why I am not a believer

Elliot George

When?
Thursday, June 25 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street
Winchester
SO23 8SB

Who?
Elliot George

What's the talk about?

Elliot's presentation takes us through the reasons not to believe in gods and provides ammunition for debating believers with a little humour to lighten the mood...

Elliot George, the 'docile Dawkins', is the author of Godbuster - Exorcises all known gods. He is a retired Science teacher who can't stop spreading the message of Scientific Realism and, recently, he accepted the challenge of an Evangelical Pastor to debate the validity of belief in the Pastor's own church. The video of this event will be on youtube soon... Elliot also provides free teaching resources on the TES website for the non-belief section of the National Curriculum Religious Education syllabus. These resources attempt to redress the imbalance between the availability of faith material and the dearth of atheist material in secondary schools. They include several powerpoint presentations and the website http://doubtersclub.webplus.net. They have been viewed and downloaded thousands of times and have attracted some criticism from believers - one called him a Nazi!

Prof. Edzard Ernst

When?
Thursday, July 30 2015 at 7:30PM

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Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street
Winchester
SO23 8SB

Who?
Prof. Edzard Ernst

What's the talk about?

 'A SCIENTIST IN WONDERLAND' is the story of my life as a doctor and a scientist. Despite a youthful ambition to become a jazz musician, I eventually studied medicine and became first a clinician and then a medical research scientist, taking up professorships in Germany, Austria and finally in England. My reverence for the pursuit of truth through the application of the scientific method, coupled with a growing interest in the history of medicine during the Nazi era, did not always endear me to my peers. In 1993, when I was I was appointed to the world's first chair in complementary medicine, this was an area that had rarely been studied systematically, and was almost entirely dominated by evangelic promoters of quackery - among them, famously, HRH Prince Charles. Many of  these enthusiasts exhibited an overtly hostile, anti-scientific attitude towards the objective study of their therapies. Clashes were inevitable, but the sheer ferocity with which advocates of alternative medicine would pursue their aims came as a profound surprise. My memoir provides a personal insight into the cutthroat politics of academic life and offers a sobering reflection on the damage already done by pseudoscience.

Prof. Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD, FMEdSci, FSB, FRCP, FRCP(Edin.)
EMERITUS PROFESSOR
UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

From the first galaxies to the origins of life

Sarah Kendrew

When?
Thursday, November 26 2015 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street
Winchester
SO23 8SB

Who?
Sarah Kendrew

What's the talk about?

The James Webb Space Telescope, a collaboration between space agencies in the US, Europe and Canada, will succeed the Hubble Space Telescope as the foremost space telescope in 2018. Its unprecedented size, sensitivity and suite of instruments will revolutionise our view on the Universe, from showing us how the very first galaxies formed to revealing the atmospheres of planets outside our own solar system, where life may be forming. Sarah Kendrew will give an overview of the mission and the exciting science it will do after launch. She'll talk about where the mission is right now, from her personal involvement in one of JWST's 4 instruments, MIRI.

Sarah Kendrew is an astronomer at the University of Oxford. She works on optical and infrared instrumentation for the observatories of the future, and researches how stars form in the Milky Way Galaxy. Website: http://skendrew.github.io/ Twitter: @sarahkendrew