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26th July – Sarah Corbett: The art of gentle protest

30th August – Joanna Bagniewska: Aliens among us

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Wednesday August 8th

Skeptics of the Round Table at the Bishop on the Bridge in Winchester from 7pm, for some informal Skeptical chat, food, drinks
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Thursday 26th July – Sarah Corbett – The Art of Gentle Protest

Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St. 7.00 for 7.30pm

Activism often conjures up quick transactional signing of petitions, clicktivism, loud and aggressive ways to demand justice. But if we want a world that is beautiful, kind and fair, shouldn’t our activism be beautiful, kind and fair? Award-winning campaigner and Founder of the global Craftivist Collective Sarah […]

Thursday 28th June – Rebecca Fox: How to be Reasonable by Someone Who Tried Everything Else

Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St. 7.00 for 7.30pm

Most of us weren’t born reasonable. We were born into a superstitious culture with only our ramshackle primate brains to try and figure out what’s going on. Reason, an appreciation for evidence and critical thinking skills are virtues that most of us had to fight for […]

Thursday 31st May – Dr Jess Spurrell: Frozen Aliens and Superpowers

Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St. 7.00 for 7.30pm

Cryogenics typically works with liquid nitrogen (-196 degrees C or 77 K) and liquid helium (-268.8 degrees C or 4.2 K). Down at these temperatures, all sorts of unusual things can happen – electrical resistance can disappear, almost anything, from frogs to surfers, can levitate, liquid […]

Thursday 26th April – Dr Kat Arney: “Everything you know about genetics is wrong”

Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St. 7.00 for 7.30pm Many of us learn about genetics in school starting with Mendel and his pea plants. We learn that one gene is linked to one trait, and one gene fault causes one disease. But the recent revolution in DNA sequencing is revealing that it’s much more complicated. […]

Thursday 29th March – Dr Michael Brooks “The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook”

Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St. 7.00 for 7.30pm

Michael Brooks resurrects the extraordinary story of Jerome Cardano. This 16th century Renaissance Italian was a gambler who invented the theory of probability, an astrologer to popes and emperors who taught the public how to map the heavens, a doctor consulted by kings, archbishops and senators, […]

Thursday 22nd February – Dr Richard M Crowder: Robotics and Ethics: Robots + AI = Disruption

Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St. 7.00 for 7.30pm

Hardly a day goes by without the publication of a story in the press informing us that by 2030 over 30% of UK jobs could be replaced by robotic systems. Historically the introduction of technology has enhanced the experience of the workforce. The introduction of advanced robotics […]

Thursday 25th January – Andrew Copson: Secularism:politics, religion, and freedom

Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St. 7.00 for 7.30pm

Secularism is an increasingly hot topic in public, political, and religious debate across the globe. It is embodied in the conflict between secular republics – from the US to India – and the challenges they face from resurgent religious identity politics; in the challenges faced by […]

Thursday, 14th December – Dead Talks – celebrating ludicrous ideas of the past

Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St. 7.00 for 7.30pm

An evening celebrating the laughable and ludicrous ideas of the past.

Join us as we explore the notions that have fallen by the wayside of science, history and fringe thought. Because one day, your ideas may be there too.

Expanding Earth Theory Logicism The […]

Thursday, 30 November – Jonathan M.S. Pearce – Do we have free will?

Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St. 7.00 for 7.30pm

This talk is a fine introduction into the age-old philosophical debate as to whether we have free will, or whether we live determined lives.

Pearce approaches the subject in a lively manner, explaining terms clearly and using anecdotes to break down some of the heavier philosophy so […]

Thursday 26th October Dr Mike Wood -Sense, nonsense, and everything in between: The psychology of conspiracy theories

Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St. 7.00 for 7.30pm

Conspiracy theories are everywhere – and, arguably, always have been. What influences us to believe or reject them? Why do some events give rise to more conspiracy theories than others? What does the prevalence of conspiracy theories say about us as a society? And how is The […]