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The Hampshire Skeptics Society is a non-profit organisation for the promotion of science, reason and critical thinking. We run the Winchester Skeptics In The Pub group who usually (Covid-19 permitting) meet at 7.30pm on the last Thursday of every month at The Winchester Discovery Centre.

Here is a video produced by 2nd year students at Southampton University, as a brief promotion for skepticism.

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 who now makes gin. She is one of the regular MCs for Skeptics in the Pub Online, mainly because talking a lot is one of her favourite hobbies.
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.
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
David works as a software developer for a company in Hampshire. He can’t believe they haven’t rumbled him yet. He is interested in science and technology, thanks mostly to watching Thunderbirds as a child.
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