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For the next Skeptics meeting on the 28th of August we will be finding out all about Marsh's adventures in the worlds of woo. #WinSitP

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The next Round Table is on the 10th of September. See you at The Black Boy for some good food and great conversation. #WinSotRT

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Michael Marshall: Lifting the Lid – Ongoing Adventures in Pseudoscience 28AUG14 at Winchester @SitP @MrMMarsh

Help Jonny Scaramanga

If you saw PHD student Jonny Scaramanga (don’t let the name or the  haircut put you off) at Hampshire Skeptics last night you’ll know all  about his research into Accelerated Christian Education (ACE)  Schools in the UK.  If you didn’t you can catch up here and here.

His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by the CEE organisation and they  are out to prevent him from getting his message out: See here.  Jonny’s  only stated aim is to write about ACE from an academic  point of view quoting sources and being open and honest as possible.

Jonny’s PHD and tireless efforts have been mostly self funded including the purchase of the ACE course material which would  otherwise be hidden from review.

If you feel you can help Jonny in his work then please give generously via the Donate button on the Leaving Fundamentalism Page.

Winchester Science Festival Day 2 taster – More Awesomeness. @WinSciFest #wsf14

Day 2 of the Winchester Science Festival got off to a roaring start with Photo Science, Animal Superpowers, Hexapod Robot Overlords and rocket engines !

The awesome continues !
See you there tomorrow for Sunday’s fabulous finale.

Winchester Science Festival Day 1 – A Taster. More to come. @WinSciFest #wsf14

A brilliant first day at Winchester Science Festival.
Everything from blow-up dinosaurs through blow-up planetariums to 3D printers and exploding beards!
If you didn’t go, here are a couple of pics as a taster for what you missed out on.

Awesome !
See you there tomorrow.

Jonny Scaramanga: Inside Britain’s Creationist Schools 31JUL14 at Winchester @SitP @JonnyScaramanga

Winchester Science Festival is Almost Here!

Once again it’s nearly time for the amazing Winchester Science Festival.
This year you can see more of the wonder of science with fire and explosions and music and comedy and really wild things. On Saturday you can even see the physicist who discovered pulsars, the wonderful Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell giving a lecture entitled We Are All Star Dust and then being interviewed live right in front of you!
There will be talks including fire and explosions, mutants, nuclear reactors, photography, genetics, aviation, extreme environments, plumbers(!), brains and sex!
Not to mention three evenings of fantastic entertainment.
Get your tickets here: Winchester Science Festival Tickets

Myles Power: Inside the Minds of the AIDS Deniers 26JUN14 at Winchester @SitP @PowerM1985

William Watling: Beat the Lie Detectors 29MAY14 at Winchester @SitP @WillWatling

QED Con 2014 Photos

What a brilliant, brilliant weekend it was. The organisers of QED Con have once again pulled a normally evolved rabbit out of a completely non-magical and entirely rational hat.
Things went from sex and drugs, through assault with batteries, and SCAM, and religious persecution, all the way to leaving hate behind. It was amazing, humbling, enlightening, disturbing, engaging, uplifting and beautifully put together. If you have not yet been to a QED Con, I suggest in the strongest possible terms that you make sure you get a ticket for next year.
For those of you who have not yet seen my QED Con photos on Flickr here’s a gallery I’ve knocked up in Lightroom. Not tried this before so we shall see how it works. There is information about the photo at the bottom of the pic.
Click on the thumbnails to embiggen.

Wow. It worked. Cool.

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Discussion

A friendly and open discussion on the ideas behind work of Daniel Kahneman.

Available from here; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0141033576

The New York Times Bestseller, acclaimed by author such as Freakonomics co-author Steven D. Levitt, Black Swan author Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Nudge co-author Richard Thaler, Thinking Fast and Slow offers a whole new look at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions.

Why is there more chance we’ll believe something if it’s in a bold type face?

Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch?

Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent?

The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.

At Greens Cafe Bar

4 Jewry Street, SO23 8RZ Winchester, Hampshire

Sunday 29th June 10:30am