Welcome to Portsmouth Skeptics

Honorary President: Professor Jim Al-Khalili 

We are a friendly, informal group who meet to enjoy talks on science, pseudo-science, philosophy, religion (and more), and to chat about these subjects over a drink. You can find details of our upcoming meetings below.

We usually meet on the second Thursday of each month. £3 door charge covers speakers’ expenses.

What can you expect at our events? Interesting talks, lively debate, a chance to hang with people who have a rational outlook, and people willing to listen to you and answer your questions. 

To keep up with future events, you can sign up to our mailing list (below, in the sidebar to the right), or follow us on social media: Facebook pageTwitter feedGoogle+ community, MeetUp group

Not our usual Thursday

Dr Richard Rawlings

When?
Monday, December 16 2019 at 7:00PM

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Where?

Goldsmith Avenue
Southsea
Portsmouth
PO4 0AW

Who?
Dr Richard Rawlings

What's the talk about?

Patients in the UK spend more than £1.68 billion per year on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM, or ‘camistry’). The NHS funds nearly ten per cent of this. Americans spend more than $34 billion a year on camistry; Canadians - $6.4 billion on ‘natural health products’; the French - €279 million on homeopathic remedies alone.

Is this wise? Are resources being wasted? Could available funds be better spent on improving conventional care or providing counselling? Are patients being misled? Are funders being defrauded?

In this talk, Richard Rawlins combines his insights as a magician with experience a doctor to expose how alternative medicine works – and how patients can avoid being quacked and defrauded. He reflects on the views of HRH Prince Charles that ‘There is much more that can be done to foster and enhance those age-old qualities of kindness and compassion’ - but takes issue with the development of ‘integrated (or integrative) healthcare’ which undermines attempts to foster evidence-based medicine. Richard endorses Dr David Gorski’s view that ‘mixing apple pie with cow pie does not make cow better, it makes apple pie worse.’

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Doors 7pm

Talk 7:30pm

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A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help.

Ariane Sherine

When?
Thursday, January 9 2020 at 7:15PM

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Where?

Goldsmith Avenue
Southsea
Portsmouth
PO4 0AW

Who?
Ariane Sherine

What's the talk about?

Comedy writer and journalist Ariane Sherine created and organised the Atheist Bus Campaign, persuading Richard Dawkins and the British Humanist Association to support her – and buses with variations on the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” ran in 13 countries across the globe.

 

As a result, Ariane received an Inbox full of hate mail from Christians, which eventually led to a major nervous breakdown and suicidal ideation. She ended her journalistic career, and didn’t write again for over three years. 

 

In this talk, she will tell the full story of how therapy and medication saved her life, prompting her to write her new book, Talk Yourself Better: A Confused Person’s Guide to Therapy, Counselling and Self-Help.

 

Ariane will also be signing copies of Talk Yourself Better after the talk.

 

 

What people have said about Talk Yourself Better:

 

“Brilliant – makes the baffling comprehensible.” JEREMY VINE

 

"What an excellent, long-overdue idea! A super-accessible guide, through the bewildering marketplace of modern therapy, to ease our noble search for help." DERREN BROWN

 

“How do we cope with this brutal world? In this witty, revealing book Ariane Sherine runs through the ways. An excellent, funny and thought-provoking read for all who seek answers.” ARTHUR SMITH

 

“What makes Ariane Sherine’s Talk Yourself Better stand out from the crowd is its accessibility and humour; to be able to discuss difficult things with a lightness of touch and a comedy that does not trivialise is a rare skill indeed. This, combined with the honest – and often deeply moving – stories of clients and practitioners alike, makes this the ideal introduction to for anyone considering therapy for the first time.” BRIAN BILSTON

 

ARIANE SHERINE

 

Ariane Sherine is the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity book The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. She has written for BBC1’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC2’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Daily Mash, New Statesman and New Humanist. She lives in London with her eight-year-old daughter Lily.

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Ariane Sherine

When?
Wednesday, November 11 2020 at 7:15PM

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Where?

Goldsmith Avenue
Southsea
Portsmouth
PO4 0AW

Who?
Ariane Sherine

What's the talk about?

Fancy finding out how to live a long and healthy life? Look no further. Comedy writer and Atheist Bus Campaign creator Ariane Sherine has teamed up with public health consultant David Conrad to analyse the scientific evidence behind 100 different factors that affect life expectancy.
 
Could drinking green tea really prolong your life? How about gardening? Is regular sex more about pleasure than health? Why does standing up a lot make a difference to longevity? And is it worth cutting out red meat or even turning vegan in order to blow out 100 candles on your birthday cake? 
 
This funny and potentially lifesaving talk will reveal the answers to all these questions and more.
 
Ariane will be signing copies of her new book HOW TO LIVE TO 100 after the talk.
 
 
ARIANE SHERINE
 
Ariane Sherine is the comedy writer and journalist who created the Atheist Bus Campaign, as well as the bestselling celebrity anthology The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. She has written for BBC1’s My Family, Channel 4’s Countdown and BBC2’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Observer, The Daily Mash, New Statesman and New Humanist. She lives in London with her eight-year-old daughter Lily.
 
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