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!

We meet for socials at the Bootlegger Pub, and our talks are currently at the Arts4Everyone centre on Desborough Road.

 Chris Peters and Sarah Foxen

When?
Wednesday, February 24 2016 at 8:00PM

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Where?

The Old St John's Church
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

Who?
Chris Peters and Sarah Foxen

What's the talk about?

For our first talk of 2016 we have two exciting things happening

1. We have the splendid people from Sense About Science coming to speak to us, with a time for questions afterwards. If it is your first time to Skeptics this is an ideal introduction, and for regulars you will hear news of an exciting campaign we can all get involved in!

2. We are testing a new venue, feedback was that the Bootlegger (much as we adore the pub!) was getting a bit noisy for our talks, and we also want some room to grow, so as many people as possible can join our talks! So for a few months we will experiment with a new venue - all feedback welcome! you will be pleased to know that Rebellion Beer is available!

This months talk...

Every day, we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not.

These claims can't be regulated; every time one is debunked another pops up – like a game of whack-a-mole. So how can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them, or buy their products, then we should ask them for evidence, as consumers, patients, voters and citizens. 

The Ask for Evidence campaign has seen people ask a retail chain for the evidence behind its MRSA resistant pyjamas; ask a juice bar for the evidence behind wheatgrass detox claims; ask the health department about rules for Viagra prescriptions; ask for the studies behind treatments for Crohn's disease, and hundreds more. As a result, claims are being withdrawn and bodies held to account.  

This is geeks, working with the public, to park their tanks on the lawn of those who seek to influence us. And it's starting to work. Come and hear what the campaign is going to do next and how you can get involved.

Chris is the Scientific Liaison at Sense About Science. Chris has a PhD in plant biology from the University of Sheffield where he also completed his undergraduate masters in biological sciences. Having had enough of freezing plants to death in liquid nitrogen Chris decided to step away from the lab bench and worked at the British Ecological Society and Carbon Brief before joining Sense About Science in 2012. Chris coordinates the Ask for Evidence campaign and enjoys making a fuss about things that are wrong. So long as it is a constructive fuss.

Sarah gets furious when she comes across phony science, especially when it’s presented with convoluted pseudo-scientific jargon. She’s a PhD student at the University of Exeter researching language variation in French-speaking Belgium.

Aron Ra on his experiences as "Veteran of the Culture War"

Aron Ra

When?
Wednesday, March 9 2016 at 8:00PM

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Where?

The Old St John's Church
DesboroughRoad
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

Who?
Aron Ra

What's the talk about?

Most of us will come across the idea of creationism very rarely, but in parts of America where religion holds a lot more power things can be very different.

Aron Ra will be providing a window into what it's like to live somewhere where religion holds a lot more power than in the UK. Aron will be sharing his experiences from the states and speaking about creationism, religious culture and education. 

Aron Ra is a secular activist advocating reason in education. He serves as Texas State Director of American Atheists, and hosts the Ra-Men podcast with Dan Arel and Mark Nebo. 

Aron is also heading the Phylogeny Explorer Project, an effort to render the entire evolutionary tree of life as a navigable online encyclopedia. He is best known for his YouTube video series exposing the Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism.

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. This means we often end up talking about superstition, religious fundamentalism, censorship and conspiracy theory.

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

See our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/187803204563655/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/WycombeSITP to get a fuller idea of what we are about!