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

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

Secular Views on Free Will

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A friendly and open discussion on what Free Will means and whether or not it exists.

Sunday 1st June 10:30am

Greens Cafe Bar

4 Jewry Street, SO23 8RZ Winchester, Hampshire

Suw Charman: Finding Ada Lovelace 24APR14 Winchester @SitP @Suw

Ben Hardwidge: The Vinyl Countdown 27MAR14 Winchester @SitP @manshark

Helen Keen – Sunday 16th – It IS Rocket Science!

Helen Keen is on tomorrow night at Winchester Discovery Centre. Tickets £10. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/wdc/wdc-eventdetails?id=212920

Stevyn Colgan: The Skeptical Bobby comes to Winchester @SitP on the 30JAN14 @stevyncolgan http://bit.ly/1aBrWxo

A Very Merry Christmas and Thank You to You All

Well it’s Christmas again. Or should that be Winterval ? Yuletide ? Newtonmas ?
Yes ?
No ?
Who cares. If you’re happy and having fun with those who are important to you it doesn’t matter what you call it. As long as it’s not Homeopathymas of course 😉
We have had another fantastic year of Winchester Skeptics and I’d like to convey our profound thanks to all of the speakers who have willingly given up their time in exchange for no pay to come and educate and entertain us through the year. Just so you know who they are, thank you to Andy Lewis, Martin S Taylor, Alan Henness, Neil Denny, John Sweeney, Oliver Meech, Peter Harrison, Stephen Law, Deborah Hyde, Robert Llewellyn and Iszy Lawrence. Thank you all so much.
And we would not be able to have such a good time without such a fantastic venue as the Winchester Discovery Centre and all of their amazingly helpful and knowledgeable staff. Thank you for having us.
But most of all our thanks goes out to the people without whom none of this would be worth doing. Who are they ? They’re you. Yes you. Those people who come along every time and those who pop in when they can and those who come just to see what it’s all about and those who want the sort of things like Winchester Skeptics going on in the world.
Thank you. Thank you all for coming. We hope you’ll like what you saw and want to come along again.
See you there.