Welcome to the York Skeptics homepage. We are a group dedicated to the promotion of science, rationalism and critical thinking in North Yorkshire. Every month we meet up for a friendly discussion and a talk from a speaker about a subject relating to science and critical thinking. Meetings take place every fourth Monday of the month at 7:30pm in The Phoenix Inn.

We now have a blog, which you can find at yorkskeptics.blogspot.co.uk.

Dr Victoria Stiles

When?
Monday, October 23 2017 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

Who?
Dr Victoria Stiles

What's the talk about?

What exactly are the lessons of history and will we ever learn them? Why are so many histories written from a clearly biased perspective? Why is it so hard for historians to just say what really happened? Recent events suggest that remembering history is not enough to avoid repeating it, so do history and historians still have a purpose?

 
Victoria Stiles is a freelance researcher and consultant in the field of Modern European History and specialises in the portrayal of imperial history and national stereotypes within Nazi Germany. In this talk she will explain some of the ways in which historians use and assess evidence, how they draw parallels between events in different times and places, and how they arrive at an account of the past which they are willing to call “a history”. She is very keen to hear the audience’s thoughts on what they want history and historians to do for them.
 
Is it reasonable to expect the past to teach us anything at all? This talk won’t provide all the answers but maybe together we can formulate some better questions.

Dave Alnwick

When?
Sunday, November 26 2017 at 7:30PM

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What's the talk about?

After a sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe and fresh off the back of hosting QED 2017, Skeptic regular Dave Alnwick tours his new show 'Literally the Best Magician'.

Is Dave Literally the Best Magician?  He certainly thinks so and intends to spend an hour proving it.  Working through every genre of Magic, Dave hopes to 'one up' the classics of conjuring. 

Ok, enough of this third person charade.  I'm doing a Magic show.  It'll be really good, you should totally come.  In the past I've focused on mentalism (y'know that Derren Brown mind reading business) but I thought I'd step away from that and have a go at old school stuff.  It's not easy making tricks with rope, tissues and post-it notes interesting but I'm pretty sure I've smashed it.

“He is the kind of performer who could probably make reading the dictionary into an entertaining show” – WorldMagicReview.com

I'll even do a talk after the show about Magic.  I'll teach you a trick.  We'll do a Q&A.  Maybe have a drink.  It'll be dope.