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 Tom Dugmore

When?
Tuesday, October 25 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
York,
YO1 9PT

www.thephoenixinnyork.co.uk

Who?
Dr Tom Dugmore

What's the talk about?

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TALK IS ON A TUESDAY INSTEAD OF OUR USUAL MONDAY.
 
For decades crude oil has been the feedstock source of choice for our society.
 
Many things from fuels, plastics, cosmetics and clothing fabrics can all be derived at some point from crude oil. However with dwindling reserves, political insecurity in oil-producing regions and increasing concern over the environmental impact of crude oil utilisation an alternative, more sustainable feedstock is clearly needed.
 
This talk will explore the difference between "renewable" and "sustainable" and look to the use of our waste products from food processing to provide an alternative source for our fuels and beyond.
 
Dr Tom Dugmore is a Training, Education & Networks Associate at the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York.
 
Dr Dugmore carried out his MChem in Chemistry, Resources and the Environment at the University of York, graduating in 2006.
 

Stevyn Colgan

When?
Monday, November 28 2016 at 7:30PM

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Where?

75 George Street,
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Who?
Stevyn Colgan

What's the talk about?

Are aliens visiting us? And if they are, what’s the likelihood of them looking human? 

Stevyn Colgan has been involved with aliens for three decades. He’s held Jabba the Hutt’s face, helped sculpt creatures for Bruce Willis to shoot at, and had a script accepted for Doctor Who in the 1980s. In this entertaining talk, you’ll hear about feuding gangs of scientists, film directors with less imagination than children, and the perils of concrete poo.
 
Stevyn Colgan is an author, artist, songwriter, speaker and oddly-spelled Cornishman. He is one of the ‘Elves’ that research and write the popular BBC TV series ‘QI’ and co-writes its sister show, ‘The Museum of Curiosity’, for BBC Radio 4.
 
Stevyn's previous talk "The Skeptical Bobby" was one of the best recieved in our history, and we are delighted to welcome him back for this, our fifth anniversary meeting.

When?
Tuesday, December 13 2016 at 7:30PM

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PLEASE NOTE THAT AS EVERY YEAR OUR DECEMBER MEETING IS EARLIER IN THE MONTH THAN USUAL TO AVOID CLASHES WITH CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES.

Our third annual midwinter quiz will feature the usual mix of questions anout science and skepticism in the last year and throughout history, including whatever audiovisioal fun and related themed rounds Rob can come up with. The last two have been fun and we hope this will be even better!