Brighton Skeptics Society promotes scientific skepticism where ever we find ourselves, which is mainly in and around Brighton.

‘But, what is Skepticism?’ we hear you cry...

Skepticism is a way of getting closer to the truth.

Skeptics pay attention to how our brains can mislead us and try to think carefully about ideas, especially incredible ones.

Skeptics are motivated by reason and compassion. We are interested in finding the truth because we know that false beliefs can lead to dangerous mistakes.

And we’re sorry if we sometimes seem a little smug.

Interest piqued? Find out more about Skepticism by exploring the resources below.

Or you could just check the Wiki.

 

Read

How to be Reasonable: By Someone Who Tried Everything Else

A short primer on skepticism in comic book form written and drawn by Brighton Skeptic Societies’ own Rebecca Fox.

The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Astrophysicist and science communicator Carl Sagan’s 1995 book intended to explain the scientific method to lay-people. Considered a key text by many skeptics.

Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why we Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts

Social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson’s 2007 book explores numerous cognitive biases and their impact in our political and personal lives.

Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience Superstition and Other Confusions of Our Time

Renowned skeptic and editor of skeptic magazine Michael Shermer’s 1997 book reflects on the psychology behind belief in the incredible.

What’s the Harm?

A website which documents the stories of people who have been harmed by lapses in critical thinking leading to financial loss, physical injury or death.

Listen

Skeptics with a K

British fortnightly podcast. Each episode the irreverent hosts chat about current affairs and topics of perennial interest to skeptics.

Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe

American weekly podcast. Each episode the hosts skeptically examine several issues and present a game that allows listeners to hone their own critical thinking skills.

The Reality Check

Canadian weekly podcast. The hosts discuss topical ‘controversies and curiosities’ using critical thinking skills and wit to separate science-fact from science-fiction.

The Seeker and The Skeptic

Podcast hosted by one of Brighton Skeptics Societies’ own. Rebecca and Cat explore esoteric, supernatural and spiritual topics from two completely different perspectives.

Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

24 lecture course presented by professor Steven Novella, M.D. empowers students with knowledge and techniques which will improve their critical thinking skills.

Available from The Great Courses, Audible or Amazon.

Watch

Rethinking Doubt: The Values and Achievements of Skepticism

An impassioned TedX talk from prominent skeptic George Hrab which introduces the audience to skepticism and explains its critical importance.

Captain Disillusion

A YouTube channel produced by independent filmmaker Alan Melikdjanian. In monthly installments The Captain humorously debunks viral videos.

James Randi Educational Foundation

A YouTube channel curated by the James Randi Educational Foundation featuring lectures from prominent skeptics on many topics.

Meet

Skeptics in the Pub

Skeptics in the Pub are informal meetups held all over the world predominantly in the U.K. and U.S. Events usually feature a talk, a Q&A session and a chance to socialise with fellow skeptics.

Your Local Skeptic Society

Google your location and the word skeptic, most countries have at least one skeptical organisation that hosts social and educational events. You could also try looking for skeptically themed events on Meetup or Facebook.