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. Ethical realism in a universe without free will — Aaron Rabinowitz

    Skepticism and ethics are both essential features of a life of flourishing, but what should skeptics and critical thinkers know about ethics, and how should those beliefs motivate us to action? Philisopher Aaron Rabinowitz will put forward the case that skeptics should believe that ethics is real and free will is not, adopting these two beliefs gives us the tools we need to improve the world through applied skepticism in a way that’s compassionate without being toothless.

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

    7:00PM Thursday 22 October 2020 Twitch
  2. The bloody work of naturopaths – Britt Hermes

    For three years, Britt Hermes practiced as a licensed “naturopathic doctor”. Most naturopathic care relies extensively on dubious alternative therapies, rather medical or scientific research. In this Halloween-themed talk, she shares the experiences that led to her interest in natural medicine, some spooky naturopathic practices, and how she became the most hated naturopath in the world.

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

    7:00PM Thursday 29 October 2020 Twitch
  3. I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!

    If ghosts aren’t real, why do so many people believe that they’ve seen one? How can we explain the supernatural experiences people have reported? How do places develop a reputation for being haunted? Chris French will be intervieweing Richard Wiseman about the natural explanations behind the supernatural to show how the paranormal is perfectly normal.

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

    7:00PM Saturday 31 October 2020 Twitch