Welcome to Guildford Skeptics in the Pub. We host speakers on subjects such as science, superstition, alternative medicine, philosophy and religion* in the relaxed atmosphere of the function room of the Stoke Pub and Pizzeria.

Speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and viewpoints but, ultimately, are skeptical. Skepticism, put basically, is an insistence on robust evidence for claims; claims of the efficacy of alternative medicine, the existence of mystical beings, crytozoological oddities and deities; the claims of psychics, astrological predictions... and more!

Guildford Skeptics is one of a collective group of Skeptics in the Pub Groups in the South East - conveniently named the South East Skeptics' Society! What does that mean for you, and for our speakers? Well, there's a whole page on it, here

*not an exhaustive list!

Guildford Skeptics in the Pub

Follow guildfordsitp on Twitter

 

Proud to be affiliated with the South East Skeptics' Society!

 

Investigating psychotherapy

Kevin Friery

When?
Wednesday, October 29 2014 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

103 Stoke Rd,
Guildford,
Surrey
GU1 4JN

Who?
Kevin Friery

What's the talk about?

Kevin Friery´╗┐ is a skeptical Psychotherapist. With a background in Psychology and Counselling he has been closely involved with the world of psychological therapies since a time when they hadn't discovered the 'C' in CBT.

One of his claims to fame (Try and stop him talking about it!) is that he has appeared several times on BBC 1's The Big Questions offering the voice of skepticism and reason in the face of some very vocal True Believers.

A Bit Of Slap & Tickle takes a close and skeptical look at some of the 'treatments' for common mental health conditions, and looks at the people who profess themselves to be 'practitioners'. It looks at the meaning of effectiveness and explores our relationship with placebos and comes up with some uncomfortable conclusions.

Beth Miller

When?
Wednesday, November 26 2014 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

103 Stoke Rd,
Guildford,
Surrey
GU1 4JN

Who?
Beth Miller

What's the talk about?

Naturally sceptical in an ‘of course there aren’t UFOs you daftie, that’s just a plane’ kind of way, Beth Miller was taken aback when she became pregnant and started believing just about any old nonsense. Booze, peanuts, tuna, acupuncture, baby seats that take the baby’s head off… From medics to the woman selling cheese, everyone loves to tell you what you should be doing. And it gets even worse when the baby arrives. Booze, feed on demand, sleep routines, colic, hind-milk, formula, cranial massage. Who do you trust? What can you believe? And how do you hang onto your sceptical persona when you’ve had no sleep, and if doing so might endanger this tiny precious bundle?

Beth Miller is a journalist and novelist, has a PhD in Psychology, and a Masters in being told malarkey about babies.

Lewis Dartnell

When?
Wednesday, February 25 2015 at 7:30PM

Download iCalendar file
(e.g. import to Outlook or Google Calendar)

Where?

103 Stoke Rd,
Guildford,
Surrey
GU1 4JN

Who?
Lewis Dartnell

What's the talk about?

Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or a viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it is over and humanity must start again. What would you need to know to not only survive in the immediate aftermath, but avert another Dark Ages and accelerate the rebooting of civilisation from scratch? The Knowledge is a grand thought experiment on the behind-the-scenes fundamentals of how our world works, and what drove the progression of civilisation over the centuries.

Dr Lewis Dartnell He is the author of Life in the Universe: A Beginner's Guide, My Tourist Guide to the Solar System and The Knowledge: How to Rebuild our World from Scratch.

Please fill in the form below to send us a message