Welcome to the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society!

We've run well over a hundred events since 2009, including the Manchester Skeptics in the Pub events, which are held twice each month. A bunch of Mancunian skeptics get together in the pub to discuss science, history, maths or whatever — sometimes with a guest speaker, sometimes without. If the pub's not your thing, keep an eye out for our occasional other events.

You don't have to be a member to come to our events, everyone and anyone is welcome — even if you disagree with the speaker. If you're in Manchester, come along!

Below are some links to what's going on at the moment — we'd love to extend our offerings, so if you have any ideas, suggestions or requests then please get in touch.

Upcoming Events

  1. The science of mental health; how it goes wrong, how it’s treated, and the many misunderstandings in between – Dr Dean Burnett

    Mental health awareness is a very big concern in 2021, particularly with the impact of the pandemic and lockdown. But while being aware that mental health can and does go wrong is important, very little attention is paid to how and why this happens. In his new book, Psycho Logical, neuroscientist, author, and former Psychiatry lecturer Dr Dean Burnett explores all that and more.

    This event will be online, on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel.

    7:00PM Thursday 18 February 2021 Twitch
  2. First Light: Switching on Stars at the Dawn of Time – Dr Emma Chapman

    Astronomers have successfully observed a great deal of the Universe’s history, from recording the afterglow of the Big Bang to imaging thousands of galaxies. But when it comes to understanding how the Universe began and grew up we are literally in the dark ages. In effect, we are missing the first one billion years from the timeline of the Universe.

    This event will be online, on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel.

    7:00PM Thursday 25 February 2021 Twitch
  3. Mommy Dearest: The Myth of the Maternal Instinct – Professor Maryanne Fisher

    Evolutionary perspectives of mothering create a dilemma. Mothers behave in ways that clearly discount the notion of a maternal instinct, but despite advances in our understanding of parenting, the overwhelming majority of students continue to believe in a maternal instinct. We discuss these ramifications and emphasize the need to explore variation in maternal love.

    This event will be online, on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel.

    7:00PM Thursday 4 March 2021 Twitch
  4. The End of Denialism? – Dr Keith Kahn-Harris

    For years scientists and scholars have been warning us of the danger of denialism. In this talk, Keith Kahn-Harris, author of Denial: The Unspeakable Truth, will argue that we are now seeing both the triumph of denialism and its end. Dr Kahn-Harris argues that denialism emerges when one’s deepest desires are ‘unspeakable’. We have to consider whether a world without it might be even worse.

    This event will be online, on the Skeptics in the Pub Twitch channel.

    7:00PM Thursday 11 March 2021 Twitch