Welcome to Cardiff Skeptics!
Skeptics in the Pub is an informal, relaxed lecture series based around critical thinking. It was founded in London by Dr Scott Campbell in 1999, as way for rationalists to get together and hear about the bizarre and extraordinary claims and a way of looking at them scientifically.
It's now spread all over England and Scotland, and is growing worldwide. Cardiff Skeptics was founded by Dean Burnett and Alice Sheppard in September 2010, and was the first Skeptics in the Pub in Wales.
In February 2012, the running of Cardiff Skeptics was assumed by John Stabler, with help from Trevor J Williams and Rhys Morgan.
We meet on the third Monday of every month. We have a guest speaker, questions, and a relaxing evening with food, drink and socialising!
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We have our own Skeptics in the Pub talks - Dean's is here and Alice's here if you'd like to invite either of us to speake at yours!
If you'd like to know more, or would be interested in being a speaker, please fill out the contact form or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Tuesday, August 18 2015 at 7:30PM
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What's the talk about?
Skepticism and critical thinking isn’t just about UFOs, bad pharma and Creationism.
After leaving school Stevyn gained places at both art and catering colleges, but turned them down and instead accepted a drunken £50 bet with his homicide detective father that he could survive six months as a police officer. He consequently joined the Metropolitan Police Service in London and ended up staying for 30 years.
During his service he found himself frequently challenging the traditional or ‘accepted’ ways of doing things; critical thinking and his own natural skepticism made him to explore different way of doing things, often in innovative and unusual ways. These included using wizards to tackle street gambling, lollipops to stop anti‐social behavior and dog shows to prevent homicides. Ultimately, he was asked by Scotland Yard and the Home Office to be part of an experimental unit to explore some of these new ideas, many of which have now found their way into everyday policing across the UK.
The Skeptical Bobby is all about grass‐roots skepticism and why we should be critical thinkers in every aspect of our lives.
‘Superb talk at QEDCon by Stevyn Colgan. Intelligent and humane.’ – Professor Richard Dawkins
‘Stevyn Colgan was fantastic! Beautiful and inspiring talk’ ‐ The British Humanist Association