Next SitP

For March 31st we have a slightly different format: An EU Debate. This one will be fun. Come along and see if they can change your mind. #WinSitP

Next Social Event

The next Round Table is on the 9th of March. See you at The Bishop on the Bridge in Winchester for some good food and great conversation. #WinSotRT

SitP Photos

QED Con is here again!

Tickets to QED 2016 are currently on sale! To get your ticket to Europe’s largest weekend celebration of science and reason, visit

We’re pleased to announce that for our sixth consecutive year we’ve been able to keep the cost of attendance low, with tickets costing £99 for the full weekend (£69 for students and under 18s).

As usual, every single ticket entitles the holder to entry the full programmes for Saturday 15th October and Sunday 16th October, including our popular Saturday night entertainment.

Joining over 600 attendees at QED 2016 for your entertainment and enlightenment will be:

  • Susan Blackmore: psychologist and lecturer who was one of the earliest figures of the UK skeptical movement. Her work has explored the transmission of memes in culture, investigated paranormal phenomena and examined reports of ‘out of body’ experiences.
  • Michael Blastland: freelance writer and broadcaster who created the BBC radio series ‘More or Less’, examining statistical errors in the news. His books ‘The Tiger That Isn’t’ and ‘The Norm Chronicles’ quantify the role of risk and probability in our lives.
  • Petra Boynton: Social Psychologist whose work in International Health Research focuses on sex and relationships during pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and parenthood. She has been an Agony Aunt for the past 14 years, the last three of which have been at The Telegraph.
  • Alexis Conran: actor, magician and presenter whose show ‘The Real Hustle’ showed viewers how easy it is to be conned, and how to spot a scam. He has worked with the Office of Fair Trading in exposing fraud, and has a weekly radio show where he uncovers scams.
  • Captain Disillusion (aka Alan Melikdjanian): independent filmmaker examining viral videos to expose hoaxes and special effects. With over 8,000,000 cumulative views, he debunks the most widely spread hoax viral videos, demonstrating techniques involved in producing them.
  • Timandra Harkness: comedian, writer and presenter whose work for the BBC has covered the psychology of ideology, the role of technology in future-proofing our lives, and the challenges of Big Data. Her first book ‘Big Data: Does Size Matter’ will be out later this year.
  • ‘Dr Karl’ Kruszelnicki: one of Australia’s most recognisable broadcasters and science communicators, his BBC Radio 4 show ‘Up All Night’ sees him answering science questions from listeners on almost any topic, with focus on his specialisms of physics, medicine, surgery, and engineering. In 2002 he won an Ignobel prize for research on belly button fluff.
  • Sally Le Page: host of the ‘Shed Science’ YouTube series exploring the world of biology, from genetics to behaviour, produced from her garden shed. Her video ‘Without Evolution’, won the national The Guardian and Oxford University Press Very Short Film Competition in 2013. Sally also teaches life science to children at the Oxford Museum of Natural History.
  • Cara Santa Maria: broadcaster, podcaster and science communicator whose podcast ‘Talk Nerdy’ interviews figures from the world of science. She has worked for the Huffington Post, Al-Jazeera America and Fox, as well as appearing on the ‘Skeptics Guide to the Universe’.
  • Mark Stevenson: writer and comedian whose book ‘The Optimist’s Tour of the Future’ took him in search of the technological breakthroughs which could help tackle the biggest threats of our age, from climate change and disease to energy and food security.
  • Matt Parker: comedian and mathematician who appeared at the very first QED, and will be returning this year as host and MC.
  • And much more, soon to be announced.

If you’re still hungry for more of the QED experience, or if you’re not able to make it to the full weekend, Friday 14th October will be a free full-day event, open to all. Further details of this, and other additions to the QED programme, will be announced in due course.

So, don’t delay – grab your QED ticket today and we’ll see you in October!

QED Con 2016

And if you want to see some of the photos from previous years you can have a look at these albums:
QED Con 2011
QED Con 2012
QED Con 2013
QED Con 2014
QED Con 2015

See you there!

Testing, testing, 123, testing

Test test test test test.
Test test test test test test test.
Test test test test test.

Is This Thing On?

Don’t tell me Dave has managed to get this thing working after such a very looooooooonnnnng time.
Well this is a test to see if it is working.
And if this test has a successful outcome there shall be much rejoicing.
If not, then the wailing and gnashing of teeth will continue for a while to come.

Here we go …

Aubrey de Grey: Regenerative Medicine For Ageing – Can it be Comprehensive Enough? 25SEP14 at Winchester @SitP @AubreydeGrey

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