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 below, and 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. It is also a Bring Your Own Food Pub, and they have free WiFi.

 

Philip Davies

When?
Wednesday, April 23 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Philip Davies

What's the talk about?

Philip Davies is Emeritus Professor in the Department for biblical studies at The University of Sheffield, he is an expert on the Dead Sea scrolls, and has published four books on the topic, he also specialises in Archaeology and the Old Testament, and will bring his wealth of knowledge in this area to discuss how much we can say that the Bible is, or isn't history.

There will be a time for question and answers after the main talk, and of course plenty of time to enjoy a beer and meet each other in the friendly surroundings of The Bootlegger Pub, opposite the station in Wycombe

Stephen Law

When?
Wednesday, May 21 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Stephen Law

What's the talk about?

Stephen Law is a Philosopher, and senior lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London. He edits the Royal Institute of Philosophy Journal, and has written several books, including "Believing Bullshit", on which this talk will be based.

Why do people believe crazy ideas? From cults, conspiracy theories, fundamentalist religions, extreme politics and other hard to swallow beliefs, Stephen will look at how people justify these ideas to themselves intellectually. He will help identify the tricks by which such insidious belief systems are created and sustained.

Join us for this free talk by a leading thinker in this topic, all in the relaxed surroundings of the Bootlegger Pub in High Wycombe.

Deborah Hyde

When?
Wednesday, June 18 2014 at 8:00PM

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Where?

3 Amersham Hill,

High Wycombe,

Bucks,

HP13 6NQ

Who?
Deborah Hyde

What's the talk about?

The Vampire has fascinated Western Europe from the early 1700s, but the tradition was a real part of Eastern European lives for a considerable time before that. The archetype has been taken up by art of all kinds, but what is the authentic history behind the tales of the predatory, living dead?

We will look at recent attempts to understand the folklore and try to work out how an Eastern European ritual made its way to late nineteenth century New England.

Deborah Hyde writes, lectures internationally and appears on broadcast media to discuss superstition, religion and belief in the supernatural. She uses a range of approaches and disciplines from history to psychology to investigate the folklore of the malign and to discover why it is so persistent throughout all human communities and eras. She is currently writing a book ‘Unnatural Predators’. 

By day Deborah is a film-industry makeup effects coordinator who also gets on the wrong side of the camera from time to time.  Additionally Deborah is the editor in chief of The Skeptic Magazine, the UK’s only regular magazine to take a critical-thinking and evidence-based approach to pseudo-science and the paranormal.