Skeptics in the Pub is about getting people to come together and to have a relaxed and enjoyable evening while listening to talks given in a friendly manner on a wide range of topics, the idea being that we all prefer to be in a pub than a lecture theatre.

So what is it with the skepticism? It doesn't mean we disbelieve everything, just our viewpoints are based on evidence and hence the desire for talks in pubs to gain a greater understanding of the world. We also like to believe, whatever you believe, that you would feel welcome at such talks with your own views and to relax and listen to others.

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 Upcoming events

Brian Eggo

When?
Tuesday, February 28 2017 at 7:00PM

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Where?

2 Norfolk Street
Cambridge
CB1 2LF

Who?
Brian Eggo

What's the talk about?

Every December a string of ‘psychics’ across the world use their clairvoyant powers to make predictions for the coming year, with varying degrees of success. In this talk Brian Eggo from Glasgow Skeptics will take a look at things a little closer to home. What type of predictions have Scottish psychics made in the past? What did they think was in store for us in recent years? Will they be willing to go on the record? He will also make a bold attempt to recreate the recreation of ‘The Hurkos Experiment’ – prepare to be underwhelmed!


Brian is the main organiser and primary mouthpiece of Glasgow Skeptics. As such, he has an unhealthy interest in the equally amusing and frustrating realms of woo & pseudoscience. This has caused him to spend way too much of his own money on the type of things he encourages other people not to spend their money on. He occasionally dabbles in skeptical activism when prompted, and has been known to make some awful puns on podcasts. His day job is in Training & Development, which explains a lot. Find out more on the Glasgow Skeptics website or by following him on twitter @brianeggo A video of Brian can be viewed here on the Facebook page.

(British Humanist Association)

Andrew Copson

When?
Thursday, March 23 2017 at 7:00PM

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Where?

9a Bridge Street
Cambridge
CB2 1UB

Who?
Andrew Copson

What's the talk about?

Andrew became Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association in January 2010 after five years coordinating the BHA’s education and public affairs work. His writing on humanist and secularist issues has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and New Statesman as well as in various journals and he has represented the BHA and Humanism extensively on television news on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, as well as on television programmes such as Newsnight, The Daily Politics, Sunday Morning Live and The Big Questions. He has also appeared on radio on programmes from Today, You and Yours, Sunday, The World Tonight, The World at One, The Last Word and Beyond Belief on the BBC, to local and national commercial radio stations.


He is a former director of the European Humanist Federation (EHF) and is currently President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and a trustee of the International Humanist Trust. He has previously served as head of the IHEU delegation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and has represented humanist organisations to the United Nations (UN) and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In other humanist roles, he has served as a trustee of the Conway Hall Ethical Society, and is a former chair of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (now LGBT Humanists, and part of the BHA). He has advised on Humanism for the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the BBC, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Office of National Statistics among others, and for ten years was a member and then Chair of the Westminster Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education. He was a member of the Advisory Group for the Humanist Library at Conway Hall and, in a previous post in the office of Lord Macdonald of Tradeston in the House of Lords, provided the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group. He also served for many years as a director and trustee of the Religious Education Council, the Values Education Council, and the National Council for Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education.

Together with A C Grayling, Andrew edited the Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Humanism.

Andrew studied Classics and Ancient and Modern History at the University of Oxford and was a member of the winning team of the 2005 Young Educational Thinker of the Year Programme. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate of the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff University. He came to the BHA in 2005 from the Citizenship Foundation, where he worked on political literacy projects.

Julian Huppert

When?
Tuesday, March 28 2017 at 7:00PM

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Where?

2 Norfolk Street
Cambridge
CB1 2LF

Who?
Julian Huppert

What's the talk about?

2016 was a year of political upheaval, not least in the UK and America. A common concern on both sides of the pond was the apparent relegation of fact and rational discourse in favour of an appeal to emotion, shrill voices and the embrace of dubious and erroneous facts. Julian Huppert, LibDem MP for Cambridge 2010-2015 joins us to share his views. Was it really like this or not? Was it worse than ever? What’s the future prospect for rational debate in parliament and civil society?


This will be Julian’s second visit to Skeptics in the Pub. It’s sure to be a stimulating evening of discussion and debate.

Paul Ewans

When?
Tuesday, April 25 2017 at 7:00PM

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Where?

2 Norfolk Street
Cambridge
CB1 2LF

Who?
Paul Ewans

What's the talk about?

The overwhelming majority of schools in Uganda are religious foundations offering an exclusively Christian or Moslem education to their pupils. By contrast, the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust (UHST) raises money in the UK to support a small number of inclusive charitable schools founded by Ugandan Humanists. These schools provide a liberal secular education to orphans and other needy children, and do not discriminate on grounds of religious, social or ethnic background. They are now giving more than 1000 children from deprived rural areas both a good education and opportunities in life that go beyond subsistence farming on the family plot. 

Paul Ewans, a UHST trustee, will describe the progress the schools havemade to date and outline what remains to be done to make the schools self-sufficient and secure their future. 

Stuart Armstrong

When?
Tuesday, May 30 2017 at 7:00PM

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Where?

2 Norfolk Street
Cambridge
CB1 2LF

Who?
Stuart Armstrong

What's the talk about?

Stuart Armstrong’s research at the Future of Humanity Institute centres on formal decision theory, general existential risk, the risks and possibilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI), assessing expertise and predictions, and anthropic (self-locating) probability.

He has been working on several methods of analysing the likelihood of certain outcomes and in making decisions under the resulting uncertainty, as well as specific measures for reducing AI risk. His collaboration with DeepMind on “Interruptibility” has been mentioned in over 100 media articles.

His Oxford D.Phil was in parabolic geometry, calculating the holonomy of projective and conformal Cartan geometries. He later transitioned into computational biochemistry, designing several new ways to rapidly compare putative bioactive molecules for virtual screening of medicinal compounds.

Rumit Somaiya

When?
Tuesday, June 27 2017 at 7:00PM

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2 Norfolk Street
Cambridge
CB1 2LF

Who?
Rumit Somaiya

What's the talk about?

Rumit Somaiya has spent the past 25 years touring casinos throughout the world with his team. Their aim is simply to overcome the 'House Advantage' using all cerebral methods available, in order to amass fortunes. Historically 'Blackjack', 'Pontoon' and '21' have been the games of choice. The most well known method is 'card counting' which is surprisingly easy to learn but many other legal methods of 'casino advantage play' will be discussed.