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:

Thu. Feb. 23
  • 'Quantum Shorts' film screening and discussion at Science World
    Thu. Feb. 23, 6:30pm at 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7, Canada

    IMPORTANT EDIT: This event's date has been changed from February 26th to the 23rd. It is now happening on Thursday evening.

    This is a free event hosted at Science World.

    This event includes:

    • A screening of 10 short films on the theme of Quantum Mechanics, created for the Quantum Shorts 2016 film festival: http://shorts2016.quantumlah.org/
    • A panel discussion with local scientists and artists about the films and Quantum science
    • A final chance to see Quantum: The Exhibition at Science World on its final opening day

    More details and registration at this link: https://www.scienceworld.ca/community-screening-quantum-shorts-2016


  • Is Education Really NOT for Sale? A Panel on Public & Private Education
    Thu. Feb. 23, 7:00pm at Terminal City Club ( Gibsons Room)

    https://www.facebook.com/events/362911647414359/

    Meeting of the Minds Presents:

    The B.C. Election Is Coming!: Let's Talk Hot Election Topic #1: Education

    A few years ago, the BCTF held a conference entitled "Education Is Not For Sale." Let's talk about this statement that they made since education will most likely be one of the hot election topics as British Columbians gear up for the upcoming election in May.

    Is education a privilege or a right? What's the philosophy behind the two systems? What are the differences between public and private education? What's the current perspectives and opinions on religious affiliated schools? Should government fund religious schools?

    We will discuss these questions and more while we dialogue with our two expert panelists, Ms. Katrina Chen of the Burnaby School Board and Steve Garland, a former principal of a public and private school.

    We will first begin with a 15-20 minute presentation from our two panelists followed by breakout discussions and conclude the evening with open Q&A.

    The event will be held at the Gibsons Room inside the Terminal City Club. Please check in with the concierge upon your arrival by showing your ticket.

    The dress code is "Smart Casual" i.e. no athletic wear or clothes with sport logos.

    Registration is $6 to help with the room rental. Please register below. All guests MUST register online.

    Drink tickets are also available for purchase: $8 for alchoholic beverages and $5 for non-alcoholic beverages. When you register below, select which drink tickets you would like to purchase and you will be given your tickets at check-in.

    Complementary ice water will be provided throughout the event.

    We hope to see you there!

    Sincerely

    Pat and Jonathan


Sat. Feb. 25
  • George Hrab's Live 500th Geologic Podcast broadcast
    Sat. Feb. 25, 9:00am at Facebook

Tue. Feb. 28
  • February Café Sci with Makoto Fujiwara: What I talk about when I talk about the Universe
    Tue. Feb. 28, 7:30pm at Yagger's Downtown Restaurant & Sports Bar, 433 W Pender St., Vancouver, BC, Canada

    https://www.facebook.com/events/253110831795741/

    Dear Café Scientifiquers,

    Our next café will happen on Tuesday February 28th, 7:30pm in the back room at Yagger’s Downtown (433 W Pender). Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Makoto Fujiwara, from the ALPHA-Canada group at TRIUMF.

    What I talk about when I talk about the Universe

    Our understanding of the Universe has progressed tremendously since the beginning of modern physics in the early 20th century. However, a recent revolution in cosmological observations, as well as latest results from particle physics experiments world-wide (including those the LHC at CERN) are causing significant agony to particle physicists. In this informal talk, I will first describe the current problems in our understanding of the Universe, including the so-called “fine-tuning” problem. I will then discuss some of the proposed solutions to the problems, including the controversial concepts of the Anthropic Principle and the Multiverse. This talk will likely end with an interactive discussion with the audience on what it means to do science when you cannot repeat the experiment.


Wed. Mar. 1
  • Skeptics' Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Wed. Mar. 1, 7:00pm at Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC

    https://www.facebook.com/events/186788521807293/

    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.


Sun. Mar. 5
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub - Brunch
    Sun. Mar. 5, 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. Mar. 7
Tue. Mar. 14
  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. Mar. 14, 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.


Thu. Mar. 16
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub
    Thu. Mar. 16, 7:00pm at Browns Socialhouse, 9666 King George Hwy, Surrey, BC V3T 2V5, Canada

    Join us for drinks and food in a friendly atmosphere with Surrey/Langley area science enthusiasts who value critical thinking and skepticism. It's a great place to meet local skeptics, make new friends, and get involved and informed about new events and activities. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at Browns Socialhouse, Surrey Centre.


Sat. Mar. 18
  • Skeptics' Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Sat. Mar. 18, 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. If turnout is good, we hope to make this a new monthly event. Hope to see you there!


Tue. Mar. 21
  • Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
    Tue. Mar. 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.