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Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: Apart from source 1 (which is good) the article is almost entirely sourced to the group's website, or 'stuff on the internet'. Needs more evidence of journalistic coverage about Glasgow Skeptics. Sionk (talk) 13:38, 11 June 2014 (UTC)


Glasgow Skeptics
Formation 2009
Type Nonprofit organisation
Purpose Promotion of understanding, critical thinking and freedom of expression
Location
Website glasgowskeptics.com

Glasgow Skeptics is a not-for-profit organisation committed to promoting understanding, critical thinking and freedom of expression in Glasgow and throughout Scotland. It was founded in 2009, and has been active ever since.

The organisation hosts regular public understanding and science communication events. Notable speakers at Skeptics in the Pub events have included Dr Simon Singh[1][2], Dr Eugenie Scott,[3][4], Richard Wiseman,[5] Prof. PZ Myers[6], and Prof. Jerry Coyne,[7][8][9] as well as leaders of several Scottish political parties.[10][11]

The group has also hosted events in collaboration with Glasgow Science Festival,[12] the University of Glasgow,[13] and the Royal Astronomical Society.[14]

History[edit]

Glasgow Skeptics normally hosts three free public understanding events each month. Skeptics in the Pub events take place fortnightly, whilst PubhD events occur monthly.

Skeptics in the Pub[edit]

Glasgow Skeptics is one of the only groups in the UK to host fortnightly Skeptics in the Pub events, in contrast to the monthly format of most "SitP" groups. [15]

The format sees an invited speaker address the audience for 45-60 minutes, before answering any questions that audience members may have. Since January 2010, Glasgow Skeptics have hosted these events in the Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, Glasgow. Events are intended to be informal and accessible, and are open to all members of the public.

PubhD[edit]

Glasgow Skeptics was the second organisation to launch the "PubhD" format in the UK. The PubhD format, devised by Kash Farooq and Regan Naughton in November 2013, sees three guest speakers - normally PhD students - talk about their research for approximately 10 minutes, before answering questions for up to 20 minutes.

PubhD events, the first of which took place in February 2014, take place in The Old Hairdressers, 20-28 Renfield Lane, Glasgow.

Special Events[edit]

The 10:23 Campaign[edit]

Two months after its founding, Glasgow Skeptics took part in the 10:23 Campaign, in which more than 500 skeptics across the UK "overdosed" on homeopathic pills outside Boots stores,[16] to protest the chain's continued sale and promotion of homeopathy, as "there is no good-quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition".[17] The British Homeopathic Association labelled the 10:23 Campaign "grossly irresponsible".[18] There were no reported effects of ingesting twenty times the recommended dose of homeopathic pills.[19]

Skeptics in the Tron[edit]

To celebrate one year since the formation of Glasgow Skeptics, the organisation hosted a sell-out, one-day conference in the Tron Theatre. Speakers included Dr Evan Harris (former Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Science), Andrew Copson (Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association), Dr Sue Healy of the University of St. Andrews, Dr Adam Corner of Cardiff University, astronomer Tom Kerss, and Prof. Richard Wiseman. Evening entertainment was provided by Declan Dineen, and by Edinburgh Skeptics, with their 'Devil's Advocate' panel gameshow, first debuted at Skeptics on the Fringe 2010.

Scottish Parliament Hustings[edit]

On 19 April 2011, Glasgow Skeptics hosted a Scottish Parliamentary Election Hustings[20] event, featuring candidates from all five parties represented in the Scottish Parliament.Patrick Harvie MSP co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party, Drew Smith (subsequently elected) of the Scottish Labour Party, Sid Khan of the Scottish National Party, Andrew Morrison of the Scottish Conservatives, and Katy Gordon of the Scottish Liberal Democrats spoke at the event.

Patrick Harvie tweeted afterwards that the "really superb" hustings was the "most stimulating debate of the campaign so far". [21]

PZ Myers[edit]

PZ Myers is an American scientist and associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota Morris (UMM), and is founder and co-author of the Pharyngula science blog. He is an outspoken critic of intelligent design (ID) and the creationist movement, is active in the American creation–evolution controversy, and is widely regarded as a confrontationalist.[22] In 2006, the journal Nature listed Pharyngula as the top-ranked blog by a scientist.[23]

On 6 June 2011, PZ Myers spoke to an audience of more than 200 people in a special Glasgow Skeptics event.[24][25][26]

In the aftermath of the question and answer session, a heated argument broke out online between Myers and members of the intelligent design community.[27][28][29]

Scottish Independence Debate[edit]

A view of the audience and the panel at the Glasgow Skeptics Independence Debate

On March 24 2014, Glasgow Skeptics hosted the largest independence debate of the two-year referendum debate to date. [30]

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, Patrick Harvie MSP, and Jonathon Shafi, co-founder of Radical Independence Campaign argued that Scotland should be an independent country, whilst Jackie Baillie MSP (director of Better Together), Jackson Carlaw MSP (deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives), and Willie Rennie MSP (leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats), argued that Scotland should remain a member of the United Kingdom.

Audience voting intention was polled before and after the debate. Excluding Don't Knows, the audience showed a 5.5% swing from No to Yes, with the Yes share of the vote increasing from 74% to 85%.[30] In the weeks after Glasgow Skeptics' debate was announced, Yes Scotland decided that they too would host a large debate in Glasgow City Centre.[31]

Past Speakers[edit]

2009[edit]

2010[edit]

2011[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

References[edit]

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