Vancouver Skeptics

Welcome to the site for information about Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub and other science- and skepticism-related events and groups around Vancouver, BC, Canada. Vancouver Skeptics is a casual social group for local science enthusiasts who value reason, critical thinking, and skepticism. See our “What is Skepticism?” page to get an idea of what the group is all about.

To be notified about each new Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub night, please join our Facebook group and/or our Google+ community. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our RSS feed in your favourite RSS reader to see a new post about each upcoming event.

To see all the skepticism-related events around Vancouver, visit the Event Calendar page or subscribe to our calendar feed URL or ICS link in Google Calendar or your favourite calendar program. Email events@vancouverskeptics.org to submit items for the calendar.

For any other questions or comments email info@vancouverskeptics.org.

Upcoming events:

Tue. Nov. 21
  • Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
    Tue. Nov. 21, 7:00pm at The back room at Yagger's, 433 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC

    Join us on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm for another evening of skeptical fun, food, drinks, and conversation in the back room at Yagger's downtown. Come out and discuss skepticism-related activities in Vancouver with your fellow science enthusiasts, rationalists, and critical thinkers, and maybe meet some new friends.

    Frequent attendees: Please welcome any new attendees, and see if you share common interests in areas of science, skepticism, critical thinking, or life in general.

    New attendees: Please feel free to introduce yourselves if you wish, and join in any conversations that interest you.


Thu. Nov. 23
  • Cosmic Nights: Science of Sci Fi
    Thu. Nov. 23, 6:30pm at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

    https://www.facebook.com/events/116914252325990/

    Which came first? The science or the science fiction? Quite often they inspire each other and tonight we'll explore the real science between finding extraterrestrial worlds, and the potential for finding life!

    Discover the wonders of the universe - over drinks! Join us Thursday, November 23rd for Cosmic Nights: Science of Science Fiction a party for the space geek in all of us! This is a 19+ event.

    6:30pm - 10:00pm - Drinks | Music | Games | Demonstrations I Lecture I Planetarium

    7:30pm or 9:00pm - Planetarium Show: Science Fiction in our Solar System

    Have you seen The Martian? The Expanse? Interstellar?

    These latest science-fiction ventures have shown us a realistic glimpse of what humanities role in the solar system will be, but just how realistic are they? This special show will take a literary tour of our solar system and beyond, as our astronomer will take you on a visual journey through our solar system through the lens of science fiction stories!

    8:00pm and 9:00pm - "Fast Radio Bursts Probably Aren't Powering Alien Space Ships - Kiyoshi Masui - UBC

    Ten years ago, while sifting through an archive of radio telescope data, astronomers found a radio flash that appeared to originate from outside the Galaxy. Perplexed as to its origin, most assumed that this was a mistake and that the signal had actually been made by humans. Fast forward to today, where dozens of similar bursts have now been observed and they have been confirmed to be of non-terrestrial origin. All manner of explanation for these bursts have been proposed, including collapsing black holes, quakes in the crusts of dead stars, and alien propulsion systems.

    Bio: Kiyoshi is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of British Columbia. His research interests lie in cosmology where he work on theory, data analysis, and observations. Cosmology (a division of astrophysics), is the study of the evolution of the Universe on the largest scales. More specifically he works on the large-scale structure of the Universe and observations of the structure at radio wavelengths.

    Early Bird Tickets available until Nov 9!

    Games provided by Starlit Citadel Beer provided by Red Truck Beer Wine provided by Hester Creek Estate Winery

    19+ Photo ID will be required upon entry Photo credit: Lindsay Elliott


Tue. Nov. 28
  • Cafe Scientifique Nov with Lucas Brotz
    Tue. Nov. 28, 7:30pm at Yagger's Downtown Restaurant and Sports Bar

    https://www.facebook.com/events/508936902838047/

    We are delighted to have Lucas Brotz from the Institute of Oceans and Fisheries, UBC joining us for this month's Cafe Sci!

    Lucas' main research interest is in the fascinating biology of jellyfish.

    Jellyfish populations are increasing in numerous ecosystems around the globe. Not surprisingly, these increases are not uniform across time and space. So why are jellyfish increasing in some places and not others? What are the consequences for humans and ecosystems? And what, if anything, can we do to manage or prevent increasing jellyfish blooms?

    Jellyfish population dynamics are complex, partly because of the unique life cycles of many species. Jellyfish may exist as pulsing medusae, sessile polyps, or cysts capable of resisting harsh environmental conditions. Reproductive strategies include sexual and asexual reproduction, as well as hermaphroditism. As such, jellyfish populations are influenced by a variety of anthropogenic and environmental factors at different, often cryptic, life stages.

    Increasing jellyfish populations can impact humans in both negative and positive ways. Industries such as tourism, aquaculture, fishing, power generation, desalination, and shipping have all reported considerable economic losses due to jellyfish blooms. In contrast, fisheries that target jellyfish for food are expanding around the globe, and jellyfish are now a popular draw for public aquaria. As both human and jellyfish populations increase, new interactions are sure to emerge, as jellyfish get in our way and as we find new ways to exploit them.

    Ironically, it appears that in some cases, humans may be responsible for the observed increases in jellyfish populations. While there is no single cause of increasing jellyfish populations, there is evidence that fishing, pollution, aquaculture, shipping, global warming, and coastal development can all create conditions that favour jellyfish over fish. Most of these links are only correlative, but the rise of jellyfish in coastal ecosystems worldwide should be cause for concern. We may need to decide now whether or not we want our children to be eating jellyfish burgers. If our behaviour doesn’t change, they might not have a choice.

    Come join us on 28 Nov, 7:30pm at Yaggers Downtown. Admission (as always) is free!


Sun. Dec. 3
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub - Brunch
    Sun. Dec. 3, 11:00am at Edith + Arthur Public House, 8410 160 St., Surrey, BC

    Surrey/Langley Skeptics' in the Pub - Brunch happens on the first Sunday of each month.

    Brunch in a welcoming environment. Come out and hang with us!


Tue. Dec. 5
Wed. Dec. 6
  • Skeptics' Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Wed. Dec. 6, 6:00pm at Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC

    https://www.facebook.com/events/237679273425301/

    Join us on the first Wednesday of the month for Skeptics' Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse. The nerd trivia contest starts at 7pm and is put on by Storm Crow Alehouse and hosts Eric Fell and Mister Nickel. A few Vancouver Skeptics will arrive early to get a table and form a team, and then we'll combine our wits to compete against the other teams. All skill levels welcome.


Tue. Dec. 12
  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. Dec. 12, 6:00pm at Rusty Gull Neighbourhood Pub, 175 E. 1st St., North Vancouver, BC

    Join us in North Vancouver on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm for another evening of skeptical fun, food, drinks, and conversation at The Rusty Gull. Come out and discuss skepticism-related activities with your fellow science enthusiasts, rationalists, and critical thinkers, and maybe meet some new friends.


Sat. Dec. 16
  • Skeptics' Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Sat. Dec. 16, 11:00am at Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC

    Come out on the third Saturday of the month to join your fellow skeptics and science enthusiasts for Saturday brunch around the back tables at the new Storm Crow Alehouse on Broadway about a block west of Granville. Check out the venue's extensive science fiction, fantasy, comic book, board game, nerd, geek, etc. decorations and memorabilia, not to mention their menu of thematically related food and drink options. Hope to see you there!


Tue. Dec. 19
  • Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
    Tue. Dec. 19, 7:00pm at The back room at Yagger's, 433 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC

    Join us on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm for another evening of skeptical fun, food, drinks, and conversation in the back room at Yagger's downtown. Come out and discuss skepticism-related activities in Vancouver with your fellow science enthusiasts, rationalists, and critical thinkers, and maybe meet some new friends.

    Frequent attendees: Please welcome any new attendees, and see if you share common interests in areas of science, skepticism, critical thinking, or life in general.

    New attendees: Please feel free to introduce yourselves if you wish, and join in any conversations that interest you.