About

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.

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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.

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.

Clio Bellenis

Clio is a retired medic, still doing some work with the NHS. She says she can’t think of anything clever or witty to say about herself, so we’ll just leave it at that.

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.
Jonathan
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.

Jacqui Urquart

Jacqui is a Pharmacist who does not dispense any prescriptions.  She has made a hobby out of trying new hobbies and is currently seeking out new hobbies for her collection.

David Dunning
Paul Jenkins
Paul S Jenkins

Paul recently retired from architectural practice and should therefore now have more time for photography and other pursuits. You can find his Winchester Skeptics photos on Flickr: Link.
Paul is our Official Photographer