Next Meeting

Thursday 31st August at 7:30pm

Chris Lintott

Details to follow!

Next Social Event

Wednesday 13th September

Skeptics of the Round Table at the Bishop on the Bridge in Winchester from 7pm, for some informal Skeptical chat, food, drinks

SitP Photos

About Us

The Hampshire Skeptics Society is a non-profit organisation for the promotion of science, reason and critical thinking, humanism and a secular life. We run the Winchester Skeptics In The Pub group who meet at 7.30pm on the last Thursday of every month at The Winchester Discovery Centre.
What is a skeptic ? Dr. Steven Novella sums it up quite well:

A skeptic is one who prefers beliefs and conclusions that are reliable and valid to ones that are comforting or convenient, and therefore rigorously and openly applies the methods of science and reason to all empirical claims, especially their own.
A skeptic provisionally proportions acceptance of any claim to valid logic and a fair and thorough assessment of available evidence, and studies the pitfalls of human reason and the mechanisms of deception so as to avoid being deceived by others or themselves.
Skepticism values method over any particular conclusion.

If you would like to contact us regarding an event or another matter then please drop us a quick email.
We are currently looking for volunteers for the committee to help with the society organisation so if you would like to be a part of this fantastic skeptical group and get involved please let us know.
Dave Hughes
Dave is an electronics engineer, photographer and drummer. Also a serious physics nut and general all ’round Übergeek. Dave is the President of the Hampshire Skeptics Society board.
Vice President & Events Organiser
Crispian Jago
Crispian is an Orwell Prize longlisted blogger who enjoys dipping the reason stick in a fresh pile of steaming dog dirt and waving it in the general direction of irrational nonsense. You can see his blog here : Science, Reason and Critical Thinking. Crispian is the Vice President of the Hampshire Skeptics Society board.
Linda Dewhurst
Linda is our financial whiz who keeps us in the black. She is the Hampshire Skeptics Society’s Treasurer.
Social Secretary
Dr. Clio Bellenis
Also on the committee, Clio is happy to identify as an atheist, skeptic, feminist medic. She is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who sometimes gets a bit worked up about stuff, and who has a bit of an Open University Addiction.

Clio is the organiser of Winchester Skeptics of the Round Table.

Committee Members
Sean Ellis
Sean is a regular podcaster, member of OfQuack the official quackery watchdog and lives in a semi-detached castle in Epping Forest, allegedly. You can catch him on Twitter and on his website.
Kevin Friery
Kevin has a background of over 20 years’ Management experience in the public, voluntary and private sectors and is also a Counsellor and Trainer accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. You can follow him on Twitter.
Jonathan McAlroy
Jonathan is a father of two Wintonians. He has been attending Winchester Skeptics since 2009. He has a small collection of quips and jokes which he rolls out on a regular basis much to the amusement of his friends and family.
Malcolm Stein
Malcolm is a former software developer. He has run a number of successful small businesses and is a keen skeptic with the ambition to exert total control of his loft as soon as he remembers where he left it.
William Vine
William used to be a chemist about six half-lives ago, and maintains an interest in life sciences ‘cos physics is too hard. He is skeptical about skepticism and is seeking evidence to confirm or deny whether he is merely an app on his mobile phone. He includes iconoclasm amongst his hobbies and character flaws.
Official Photographer and Film Maker
Davey Lee
Dave is our official photographer and film maker. His website is here and you can catch him on Twitter too.