Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife or many other areas of life.

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism. We often end up talking about superstition, religious fundamentalism, censorship and conspiracy theory... and many other topics too!

We meet every two weeks, sometimes we have a guest speaker, and sometimes we just have a good social get together and exchange ideas and discuss the topics of the week. See our events list on the right hand side of this page, and also our social page to find out when we are meeting next.

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in!

Most of us have a fondness for good quality beer, so our current home is Wycombe’s only specialty ale house & bottle bar, The Bootlegger on Amersham Hill.

 

Jon Stewart

When?
Wednesday, March 25 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Jon Stewart

What's the talk about?

 Alcoholics Anonymous is now a commonly accepted, media endorsed remedy for problem drinkers. Yet while AA’s social worth is rarely challenged its efficacy rate, at around 5%, appears comparable merely to that of natural spontaneous remission. Can a non-existent Higher Power really offer meaningful solutions to a debilitating, potentially fatal condition such as alcoholism?  If so, what do we do with all those atheist and skeptic alcoholics? AA’s famous 12 step programme, which evolved from a controversial Christian fundamentalist mass movement, was first published in 1939. It remains entirely unchanged since then.  How did AA's 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 have to offer?

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. He also contributed to albums by K D Lang and Mel C as a session guitarist , and feature film soundtracks such as Trainspottingand Telstar: The True Story of Joe Meek as a musician and music supervisor. Jon currently lectures in popular culture and popular music at the BIMM Institute, and is a PhD researcher at University of Southampton.  Author of a long-running column in Guitarist magazine, he has published a wide range of academic research in peer reviewed journals and edited collections of essays: https://bimm.academia.edu/JonathanStewart Sober since August 2000, Jon was an active and enthusiastic member of AA for fourteen years. He now campaigns for more up-to-date evidence-based secular treatment options via his blog “Leaving AA & Staying Sober” athttp://jonsleeper.wordpress.com/ 

Professor David Colquhoun

When?
Wednesday, April 22 2015 at 8:00PM

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Where?

3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Professor David Colquhoun

What's the talk about?

 ...or this talk could be entitled "We know little about the effect of diet on health. That’s why so much is written about it"

A chance to hear one the the country's leading experts on the topic health speak about alternative medicine, fad diets and health issues generally, there will be a question and answer session so have your questions ready!

David is a British pharmacologist at University College London (UCL). He has contributed to the general theory of receptor and synaptic mechanisms of single ion channel function. He previously held the A.J. Clark chair of Pharmacology at UCL, and was the Hon. Director of the Wellcome Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology. He was made a fellow of the Royal Society in 1985 and an honorary fellow of UCL in 2004.

One of the UK's most outspoken and well-qualified opponents of alternative medicine and bad science, pharmacologist David Colquhoun runs the DC's Improbable Science blog, which is devoted to criticism of scientific fraud and quackery. It has a particular focus on alternative medicine, including homeopathy, Traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine and other practices, which he calls 'pure gobbledygook'It was listed among the 100 best blogs in 2009. It was blog of the week in the New Statesman (May 2010). And in 2012 it was co-winner of the first UK Science Blog Prize, awarded by the Good Thinking Society..

In addition to his outspoken disapproval of alternative medicine in academia, Colquhoun frequently speaks against misrepresentation of alternative medicine as science in the media, and against governmental support of it. His blog discusses also wider problems in science, medicine and Higher Education.

Join us for this free talk, and enjoy a beer in the excellent Bootlegger pub.