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Pub Night - Responsible thinking, critical drinking

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 26 June 2014 7:00 PM

This is a new monthly event, on the 4th Thursday of the month. There is no topic. We just felt that it was difficult to get everyone together after our events in the Banshee, and because of this, we thought we would have a proper pub night.

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Skeptics Underground

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 13 July 2014 2:00 PM

Skeptics Underground is an informal but moderated discussion based around a different topic every month.  All are welcome and we recommend people read our "Respect People, Challenge Idea... Read More


Skeptics in the Park - Postponed

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 20 July 2014 12:00 PM

We're having an outside event (assuming the weather plays along) it will be a Potuck or Jacob's Join, so please bring along some food and/or drink. It will be a family friendly event so bring the kids (if you have them). Please bring blankets and ... Read More


Skeptics on the Fringe:Nathan Gale-Beyond the Binary

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 5 August 2014 7:00 PM

Speaker - Nathan Gayle

Talk - Beyond the Binary

Up until lately the gender binary has gone largely unchallenged as the dominant construct for classifying individuals within western societies.

But as questioning i... Read More


Skeptics on the Fringe:PZ Myers-The American Comedy:Arrogance and Ambition Mixed

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 14 August 2014 7:00 PM

Speaker - PZ Myers

Talk - The American Comedy: Arrogance and Ambition Mixed with Confident Ignorance

The rural United States is a strange place to live, with a citizenry absolutely convinced of their divine favor and de... Read More


Pub Night - Responsible Thinking, Critical Drinking

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 25 September 2014 7:00 PM

This is a monthly event, on the 4th Thursday of the month. There is no topic. We just felt that it was difficult to get everyone together after our events... Read More


Pub Night - Responsible Thinking, Critical Drinking

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 23 October 2014 7:00 PM

This is a monthly event, on the 4th Thursday of the month. There is no topic. We just felt that it was difficult to get everyone together after our events... Read More


Geoff Holder : Zombies From History

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 30 October 2014 7:30 PM

It's the night of the living dead... Zombie culture didn't start with George Romero. Join us for this special Halloween event as Geoff Holder regales us with medieval chroniclers' sworn-to-be-true tales of the plague-spreading undead, including th... Read More


Skeptics Underground - Conscious Capitalism?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 9 November 2014 2:00 PM

Can Capitalism ever be a force for good? Or is the profit motive always selfish?

Join us for an informal but lively discussion at the Bellevue Bar this Sunday!

Here are some articles to get started, please feel free to add links to o... Read More


Elaine Miller - Gusset Grippers

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 20 November 2014 7:30 PM

The fact is that one in three women will have a wee problem at some point in their lives. This can be due to weakened pelvic floor muscles which can be caused by childbirth and ageing. That's a third of your peers that are padded up, though it is ... Read More


Skeptics at the Movies - The Imitation Game at the Cameo

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 26 November 2014 6:15 PM

This is the film about Alan Turing who cracked the Enigma Code during WW2 and who was hounded to death by the government for being gay.

Benedict Cu... Read More


Last Pub - Responsible Thinking, Critical Drinking

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 27 November 2014 7:00 PM

Be aware that The Bellevue has now changed it's name to The O... Read More


Skeptics at the Movies - Citizenfour at the Filmhouse

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 7 December 2014 6:15 PM

This is the documentary film about Edward Snowden 

Laura Poitras Germany/USA 2014 DCP 113 minutes
Rated 15 - Contains strong language
D... Read More


Skeptics Underground - Sex in a Brave New World

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 14 December 2014 2:00 PM

This is a discussion group which meets on the second Sunday of the month. Please get yourself tea/coffee/drink at the bar and join everyone upstairs.

In a recent interview Carl Djerassi, one of the inventors of 'The Pill', offered his visio... Read More


Edinburgh Skeptics Christmas/Festivus/Winterval/insert celebration here Party!

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 18 December 2014 7:00 PM

What better way to celebrate the festive season than a series of ten minute talks on a massive variety of topics from some of your local skeptics.

Usual time and place, more details to follow as we confirm speakers.

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Skeptics Underground: New Year, New start? Why Bother?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 11 January 2015 2:00 PM

From going teetotal to joining a gym, many people try to make (and desperately keep!) a New Year's Resolution. But, what is the point? Do these resolutions have any lasting effect? Or are the gyms, publishers and others, who promise a 'new you' fo... Read More


Skeptics at the Movies - The Theory of Everything

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 11 January 2015 5:30 PM

The story of Stephen Hawking

"The extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, based on Jane Hawking's memoir, 'Travelli... Read More


UK Tour Launch: How To Talk To The Dead

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 18 January 2015 7:30 PM

Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born. This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats including levita... Read More


Dr Chris White : A Crash Course in Particle Physics

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics and Skeptics in the Pub on 22 January 2015 7:30 PM

Particle physics continues to excite public interest, due to various high profile discoveries in recent years. It also generates controversy, as ever larger experiments are needed to test present day theories. Nevertheless, particle physics (toget... Read More


Pub Night - Responsible Thinking, Critical Drinking - The OX (was Bellevue Bar)

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 29 January 2015 7:00 PM

This is a monthly event, on the 4th Thursday of the month. Th... Read More


Skeptics Underground - A Half Truth Is A Full Lie

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 8 February 2015 2:00 PM

This discussion group meets on the second Sunday of the month. 

Based on an old Yiddish proverb, "A half truth is a full lie" promises to be an interesting afternoon of discussion about the ethics of taking shortcuts when communicat... Read More


Pub Night - Responsible Thinking, Critical Drinking - The OX (was Bellevue Bar)

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 26 February 2015 7:00 PM

This is a monthly event, on the 4th Thursday of the month. Th... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Do we have a right to privacy?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 8 March 2015 2:00 PM

This discussion group meets on the second Sunday of the month. 

Do we have a right to privacy? And is this right violated with or without our knowledge? How do you maintain your privacy? Do you take certain precautions or avoid ser... Read More


Pre-Election Special: Evidence in Policy

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 19 March 2015 7:30 PM

In our pre-election special, Lindsay Hogg, Scottish Coordinator of Sense about Science, looks at the use of reliable evidence in policy - and beyond. 

She also covers the Ask for Evidence cam... Read More


Edinburgh Skeptics General Election Hustings

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 14 April 2015 7:00 PM

As part of the 2015 Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh Skeptics and the University of Edinburgh Humanist Society are holding a General Election Hustings on Tuesday the 14th of April. 

The panel consists of the following ca... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Do we need a public broadcaster?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 19 April 2015 2:00 PM

NOTE: IN APRIL IT's THE THIRD SUNDAY!

Do we need a public broadcaster? How should it be funded? How do we feel about current BBC job cuts?

Australian (and ABC viewer) David Frank leads a discussion that many local people have promise... Read More


Skeptics Underground: The economics and ethics of charity

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 10 May 2015 2:00 PM

Should we give what we can, or should we give a set amount, like 10%? How do or should we choose which charity yo give to? What is the best metric to decide? (Perhaps # of lives saved?) Is giving your time better? Do microloans count? What about c... Read More


Skeptics at the Cinema - movie night with a sceptical tinge.

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 28 May 2015 7:15 PM

We are hosting our inaugural cinema evening, showing movies in the big screen at the Banshee. The movies will have a theme that most sceptics will find interesting and will hopefully promote a conversation. First up is Agora, a tale of love, relig... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Automation, why we don't work a 2 day week & #BullshitJobs

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 14 June 2015 2:00 PM

Will greater workforce automation mean we need to work less and have more leisure time, will it mean different jobs, or will it result in greater poverty? How many of us do jobs that contribute nothing to society or the economy?

Feel free t... Read More


Skeptics at the cinema - movie night with a sceptical tinge

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 25 June 2015 7:15 PM

Our second movie night is showing The Ledge. A movie written and directed by Matthew Chapman, a descendent of Charles Darwin. It features Liv Tyler, Charlie Hunnam and Patrick Wilson in a love triangle involving a battle of wits, moral codes, fait... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Corporate Punishment

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 12 July 2015 2:00 PM

The corporation today is a legal person, with human rights. But does it have human responsibilities? We can't send a corporation to jail. We can't issue it with a death sentence or compel it to community service. Fines are treated as "a cost of do... Read More


Skeptics at the Cinema - Movie night with a sceptical tinge

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 23 July 2015 7:15 PM

I've secured the magnificent Oscar winning Inherit The Wind - the fictionalised account of the Scopes Monkey trial in 1925 which followed the outlawing the teaching of Evolution in Tennessee. Brilliant acting by Spencer Tracy and Frederic March an... Read More


Skeptics on the Fringe: AIDS Denialism… yep that’s a thing - Myles Power

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 22 August 2015 7:45 PM

n the early days of the AIDS epidemic there were many dangerous ideas about its origin and cause. Since the discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus ... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Happiness

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 13 September 2015 2:00 PM

Is happiness the ultimate point of life?
Do you measure quality of life by indulgence? Or perhaps achievement. Or maybe the unhappiness of the current state of things and pursuit of something better the ultimate happiness? Is that why I've sta... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Appropriation & Re-appropriation; Culture & Language

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 11 October 2015 2:00 PM

This month we take a double-look at taking things, and taking things back.
Firstly, cultural appropriation. When is it wrong, when is it fine?


And what about groups taking things back, such as reclamation of culture and epithets? E... Read More


Skeptics in the Pub - Paul Burns - Believe the Lie: science fraud & credibility

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 15 October 2015 7:30 PM

Why are so many otherwise intelligent people duped by scientific fraud? 

When Someone  is Wrong on the Internet

Paul Burns became fascinated by Andrea Rossi's claims about cold fusion and set up the website Read More


Skeptics at the Cinema - Jesus Camp

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 22 October 2015 7:15 PM

Join us to watch 2006 documentary Jesus Camp, about the "Kids On Fire School of Ministry", a charismatic Christian summer camp in America.

All are welcome to join us for the film and to grab a drink and have a chat after. 87% on Rotten Toma... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Medicalising & pathologising of the human condition

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 8 November 2015 2:00 PM

Our society is rife with stories of how what was once part of the spectrum of accepted (if perhaps not always acceptable) human behaviour has now been officially categorised as something abnormal, avoidable — and possibly treatable, at a cost. W... Read More


Skeptics in the Pub - The (real) links between technology, screentime & autism

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 19 November 2015 7:30 PM

Sue Fletcher-Watson is a developmental psychologist. She asks: 

What are the (real) links between technology, screentime & autism?

Media dons and science journalists are regularly publishing emotive and dramatic headline... Read More


Skeptics in the Pub - Christmas Stocking

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 17 December 2015 7:30 PM

Before we celebrate our atavistic winter solstice festival of choice based on our cultural or family heritage (or go home and get pished as you might call... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Are Sperm Banks in the Business of Eugenics?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 10 January 2016 2:00 PM

The most prominent sperm bank in the UK is under investigation after turning away donors with dyslexia and other questionable characteristics. This raises an important question: Should sperm banks be in the business of making “better” babies?<... Read More


Skeptics in the Pub - Pub-lic Benefit Consultation

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 14 January 2016 7:30 PM

How much of our health information is accessible to academic researchers? What are the benefits of large-scale data collection in the fight against various diseases? What are the risks? What are the ethical implications?


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Skeptics At The Movies: Chocolat

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 28 January 2016 7:15 PM

Join us for this understated movie with a strong humanist and feminist theme. Beautifully filmed and staring Julliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp.

When mysterious Vianne and her child arrive in a tranquil French town in the winter ... Read More


Skeptics Underground – Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 14 February 2016 2:00 PM

Are safe spaces necessary areas for the safety and wellbeing of underrepresented groups, or prettified censorship zones? Are trigger-warnings a needed courtesy for survivors of assault, or pop-psychological coddling destined to get out of hand? Jo... Read More


Skeptics Cinema presents Dogma

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 25 February 2016 7:15 PM

A film not for the faint at heart or the easily offended...

An abortion clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loop-hole and reent... Read More


Skeptics Underground – Skeptical Blind Spots

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 13 March 2016 2:00 PM

A Skeptical Eye for the Skeptical Gal/Guy. What are your blind spots? Do you champion science but avoid walking under ladders? Do you battle alternativ... Read More


Skeptics in the Pub -Secrets and lies: The psychology of conspiracy theorie

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 17 March 2016 7:30 PM

Was 9/11 an inside job? Is climate change a hoax? Was Princess Diana murdered? Millions of people appear to think so, disbelieving official explanations for significant events in favour of alternative accounts that are often called ‘conspiracy t... Read More


Skeptics Cinema - Movie night with a sceptical tinge

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 24 March 2016 7:15 PM

Skeptics Cinema and SciScreen presents, in conjunction with the British Science Association and Edinburgh Skeptics: Moon

Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the end of his three-year contract of harvesting a future... Read More


Skeptics at the Science Festival - 8 Night Lineup

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 28 March 2016 7:15 PM

From GMOs to STIs, Big Brother to Being Happy. Our full lineup of events for the Edinburgh International Science Festival has a diverse range of talks, with something for everyone. 8 nights, Mon-Thu... Read More


SciFest: How To Be A Psychic Conman - Ash Pryce

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 31 March 2016 7:30 PM

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Gather ye round the traveling caravan, as Snake Oil Salesman Ash Pryce demonstrates the miraculous curative abilities of psychic surgery, taught to your humble trickster by a wise man in the Philippines. See with wonder ... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Bad Influences = Bad People?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 10 April 2016 2:00 PM

This month's discussion will be hosted by Stephen Lingham who is Edinburgh Skeptics' poet-in-residence and organises the Edinburgh Humanists' discussion group each month. If you're interested in going along to the Humanist discussions as well you ... Read More


Skeptics at the Cinema - Movie night with a sceptical tinge

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 28 April 2016 7:15 PM

Skeptics Cinema and SciScreen presents, in conjunction with the British Science Association and Edinburgh Skeptics: The Dish

In the summer of '69 whilst the world waited for TV pictures of humans stepping onto the moon, a radio receiver in ... Read More


Skeptics Underground - Grappling with Gender

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 8 May 2016 2:00 PM

How many genders are there? What does gender mean? Is our gender nature or nurture and does that even matter? The spectacular rise in the visibility of transgender issues leaves us with new questions, new issues and new pronouns to grapple with. J... Read More


Skeptics at the Cinema - Movie night with a sceptical tinge presents: Westworld

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 26 May 2016 7:15 PM

Skeptics Cinema and SciScreen, in conjunction with the British Science Association and Edinburgh Skeptics presents: Westworld

In an amusement park for rich holiday makers which provides its customers a way to live out their fantasies throug... Read More


Ed Skeptics at the Meadows Festival

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 4 June 2016 9:00 AM

For the first time ever, Edinburgh Skeptics will be bringing skepticism to the general population of our city by manning a stall at the popular Meadows Festival. 

We need you to come along and say hi, take pics and just be supportive. Read More


Skeptics Underground: Is the UK European?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 12 June 2016 2:00 PM

With the Brexit referendum fast approaching, we ask the question: Is the UK a part of Europe? Are British people truly European people? What does it mean ... Read More


Skeptic's Cinema and SciScreen presents: Time Bandits

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 23 June 2016 7:15 PM

Join us for a riotous romp through time, accompanied by Kevin, John Cleese, Ralph Richardson, Shelly Duval, and of course Sean Connery. Through the wardrobe of a young boy falls a group of dwarfs escaping from the 'Supreme Being'. They lead Kevin ... Read More


Skeptics Underground - Do clothes make the man?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 10 July 2016 2:00 PM

"And these few precepts in thy memory....
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not expressed in fancy—rich, not gaudy,
For the apparel... Read More


Skeptics Cinema and SciScreen presents: Thank You For Smoking

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 28 July 2016 7:15 PM

Join us for the movie Thank You For Smoking. A satirical comedy which follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart) who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-... Read More


Skeptics Underground - Banning the burkini, yay or nay?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 11 September 2016 2:00 PM

This month we'll be discussing some of the difficult moral questions surrounding the burkini ban in France.

About 30 French towns including Nice have banned the burkini. Is this illiberal?
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Skeptics Cinema & SciScreen presents: Silent Running

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 22 September 2016 7:15 PM

Between the movies 2001 and Star Wars there was the classic of movie Science Fiction: Silent Running. When the future earth's ecosystem is reduced to exis... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Crime and Punishment or Crime and Reform?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 9 October 2016 2:00 PM

For as long as there have been humans, we have punished those who violated norms. In modern times however, the concept of reforming and re-education has become more prominent. But do our systems really re-educate, or is this a veneer of respectabi... Read More


POD-AWFUL - An evening of Cognitive Dissonance & Scathing Atheism

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 18 October 2016 7:30 PM

Glasgow and Edinburgh Skeptics, in conjunction with the Scottish Secular Society and Humanist Society Scotland pres... Read More


SitP - Catherine Collins - Evidence-based eating. What do we know?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 20 October 2016 7:30 PM

Can diet influence destiny? Does eating food, mainly plants, really ward off ill health - or merely reflect 'virtuous' eating? Is processed food truly devoid of nutritional merit? And what is a 'processed' food, anyway? Can food labelling benefit ... Read More


Skeptics Cinema & SciScreen presents: Burke and Hare (2010)

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 27 October 2016 7:15 PM

As part of the Edinburgh Horror Festival, come along and see the 2010 John Landis movie staring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as two of Edinburgh's most notorious serial killers: Burke and Hare. 

Why rob graves when killing's so much easier..... Read More


Devil's Advocate - Halloween Special

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 30 October 2016 5:45 PM

Devil's Advocate is Edinburgh Skeptics original comedy panel gameshow. Initially running for two series during the 2010 and 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringes it returned for special episodes over the years.

Then it stopped. It disappeared. An... Read More


Edinburgh Skeptics Social

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 1 November 2016 7:30 PM

Whoops! Forgot to set up the event in good time. Hope some people can still make it even given the lack of notice. This a our regular social event. A chance to meet up and drink with likeminded people. We usually get one of large tables in the mai... Read More


Skeptics Undeground:Trolley Problems & Other Philosophical Games

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 6 November 2016 2:00 PM

This time we'll be having some fun with philosophical puzzles and ethical quandaries. Trolley problems, prisoner's dilemmas and other head scratchers will be on the table. Everyone is welcome to bring along their favorite puzzle, or come along to ... Read More


SitP - Ali Floyd - Lies, Damn Lies and Science Communicators

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 17 November 2016 7:30 PM

With the rise of the science centre as an educational experience a new profession has arisen: the professional, full-time science communicator. Distinct from researchers who carry out engagement as part of their work and unwilling to be teachers, ... Read More


Skeptics Cinema & SciScreen presents: The Wind Rises (2013)

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 24 November 2016 7:15 PM

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful aeroplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one ... Read More


Skeptics Underground: High Steaks; Exploring Vegetarianism

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 4 December 2016 2:00 PM

With the rising popularity of vegetarian and vegan diets, we will discuss the many questions that arise. Is it OK to eat some animals and not others? Is vegetarianism a conceit of the privileged? Can we protest consumption of dog meat while consum... Read More


Open Mic Night

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 15 December 2016 7:30 PM

Have you ever been sat in one of our Skeptics in the Pub talks and I thought “This is shite, I could do better than this!” Now is your chance to give it a go.

We’re holding an open mic night for the last speaker event of the year (15t... Read More


How to Talk to the Dead - With Ash Pryce

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 19 January 2017 7:30 PM

"Hydesville. New York. 1848. The young Fox sisters begin communicating with the spirit of a murdered beggar and spiritualism is born.

This interactive look at a history of talking to the dead will feature an array of magical treats includin... Read More


Skeptics Cinema & SciScreen presents: The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 26 January 2017 7:15 PM

Classic 1970's Scifi.


A satellite crashes near a small Arizona town, bringing with it a deadly alien virus in this science fiction thriller ba... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Surveillance and Security

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 5 February 2017 2:00 PM

The recent approval of the Investigatory Powers Act gives new expanded surveillance powers to agencies in the UK government to observe the online activities of UK residents. In a world of global communications and constant online presence, the cla... Read More


Skeptics Cinema & SciScreen presents: Life of Brian (1979)

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 23 February 2017 7:15 PM

In a departure from our recent Sci-fi offerings, we're bringing you the funniest movie of all time: Monty Python's Life of Brian; introduced by Gordon McRea of The Humanist Society Scotland.

The film really should need no introduction but t... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Is it OK to punch a Nazi?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 5 March 2017 2:00 PM

On the weekend when Donald Trump was inaugurated, noted neo-Nazi Richard Spencer was punched on camera, setting off a a firestorm of controversy about the place of violence in political activism. Is violence ever justifiable? Is violence always un... Read More


My very own replication crisis - David Carmel

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 16 March 2017 7:30 PM

The science of psychology is in crisis: Influential findings are failing to replicate all over the place; in fact, a recent large-scale effort has only ma... Read More


Skeptics Cinema & SciScreen presents: A Plastic Tide

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 23 March 2017 7:30 PM

In a change to our originally planned movie, we are now showing the documentary A Plastic Tide. 

Over eight million tonnes of plastic enters the oce... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Science in the age of alternative facts

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 2 April 2017 2:00 PM

Today's world is one more saturated with science than any other in history, with technology reaching into all aspects of life, understanding of our biology and origins greater than ever, and with humans able to affect the very climate of the Earth... Read More


The Science Behind the Fiction - Investigating with DNA on-screen and off

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 3 April 2017 7:30 PM

Dr Tunde Huszar  - The Science Behind the Fiction - Investigating with DNA on-screen and off-screen. 

Crime investigation drama series are ever so popular. We all enjoy watching the chase, but some may wonder how much of it is real, if a... Read More


Lies, Damn Lies, and MRIs: The search for truth-telling

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 4 April 2017 7:30 PM

Dr Faye Skelton - Lies, Damn Lies, and MRIs: The search for truth-telling

The ability to spot a liar is a useful skill, but of particular importance for police officers and other professionals working to establish the truth. It can save tim... Read More


Stevyn Colgan - The Skeptical Bobby

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 5 April 2017 7:30 PM

Stevyn Colgan was a police officer in Scotland Yard for 20 years, as part of the Problem Solving Unit finding imaginative solutions to quell tensions in communities, from dog shows to lollipops.

Stevyn Colgan is an author, artist, public s... Read More


The Phantom of Heilbronn and other forensic faux pas

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 6 April 2017 7:30 PM

Emma McClure -  The Phantom of Heilbronn and other forensic faux pas

In this talk, prison lawyer Emma McClure examines the issues with forensic techniques, highlighting the amusing, confusing and sometimes tragic consequences of fai... Read More


Dr Lorna Dawson - Death, Dirt and DNA

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 10 April 2017 7:30 PM

Soil forensic science as used in criminal investigations. 

Lorna Dawson is a Principal Soil Scientist in the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences group at the James Hutton Institute, and has over 25 years experience in managing and condu... Read More


Dr Lucina Hackman: Forensic Anthropology and its Use in Criminal Investigations

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 11 April 2017 7:30 PM

Dr Lucina Hackman: Forensic Anthropology and its Use in Criminal Investigation

Forensic anthropologists are crucial in helping to identify the deceased when there are limited clues to their identity. Dr Hackman's talk will examine how her w... Read More


Niamh Nic Daeid: Does Forensic Science have a Future?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 12 April 2017 7:30 PM

Niamh Nic Daeid: Does Forensic Science have a Future?

Forensic science is in crisis and has recently been described as unfit for purpose, with no foundational scientific validity and in some cases, no better than witchcraft. This presentati... Read More


Ashleigh Whiffin - Maggots, Murder & Museums: The Sequel

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 13 April 2017 7:30 PM

Ashleigh Whiffin, Assistant Curator of Entomology at National Museums Scotland (NMS) will be back at Edinburgh Skeptics for round two: “Maggots, Murder & Museums: The Sequel”. 


She’ll be sharing her passion for insects, expl... Read More


Jess Spurrell: Cryogenics won't make you live forever but can do some cool stuff

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 20 April 2017 7:30 PM

Cryogenics is cool - seriously cool - typically working with liquid nitrogen (-196 degrees C or 77 K) and liquid helium (-268.8 degrees C or 4.2 K). Down at these te... Read More


Skeptics Cinema & Sci Screen Presents: Star Trek II, Wrath of Khan (1982)

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 27 April 2017 7:15 PM

It is the 23rd century. Admiral James T. Kirk is an instructor at Starfleet Academy and feeling old; the prospect of attending his ship, the USS Enterp... Read More


EdSkeptics May Social

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 2 May 2017 7:30 PM

Our regular monthly social is a chance for you to let your hair down, moan about the state of the world and it's continuing ignorance of evidence, and generally enjoy each other's company. If you're new to the group after the Science Festival come... Read More


Skeptics Underground: Feminism

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 7 May 2017 2:00 PM

Nearly 100 years after the first women secured the right to vote in the UK, feminism remains a topic of great relevance today. We will discuss various issues pertaining to feminism in the 21st century: the pay gap, reproductive choice, work-life b... Read More


Skeptics Cinema and Sci Screen Presents: Restless Natives

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 25 May 2017 7:15 PM

Restless Natives is a film about working class Scots living outside the law in 1980s Edinburgh, but the comparisons with grittier, slicker fare like Train... Read More