Westminster Skeptics is currently resting.
We promote an evidence-based approach and critical thinking in the areas of policy, media, and legal reform.
We have packed and lively meetings once or twice a month in a big pub in Westminster, just by St James Tube station.
Less than a year old, we already have attracted attention from the BBC, the British Medical Journal, and the blogosphere. Our launch was covered by BBC Newsnight.
All welcome; no need to book; £2 per head.
Hon. President: Dr Evan Harris
Deputy Hon. President: Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon
David Aaronovitch, Dr Petra Boynton, Heather Brooke, Joanne Cash, Nick Cohen, Prof David Colquhoun FRS, Prof Brian Cox, Wendy Grossman, Juliet Jacques, Paul Lewis, and Dr Simon Singh
(Responsibility for inviting speakers and proposing topics rests entirely with the Convenor, and not the President or the Patrons. Westminster Skeptics have no corporate view on any subject.)
Previous meetings have included:
Dr Simon Singh, Dr Ben Goldacre, Dr Peter Wilmshurst, and Nick Cohen on libel reform
Dr Evan Harris MP and Prof David Nutt on evidence-based policy-making
Suzanne Moore, Laurie Penny, Anna Chen, and Mark Lewis on thinking critically about the mainstream media
Prof Brian Cox on science policy
Juliet Jacques on thinking critically about transgender issues
Dr Petra Boynton on sex and the media
Brian Deer on MMR and research fraud
Heather Brooke on Freedom of Information
Paul Lewis on explaining the English riots
Dr Brooke Magnanti (Belle du Jour) on Biometrics and Identification
Graeme Archer on Statistics and Policy Making
Richard Peppiart and Joanne Cash on phone hacking and tabloid ethics
Guido Fawkes, Slugger O'Toole, Conservative Home, and Liberal Conspiracy on political blogging
Martin Robbins and Gimpy on science blogging