Wycombe Skeptics in the Pub is a place for inquisitive people of all ages to meet and converse in the High Wycombe area.

Skeptics are people who yearn to discover the truth behind extraordinary claims that people or groups may make, this can be in areas of alternative therapies, the paranormal, religion and faith, the afterlife or many other areas of life.

We make no claims to balance, and actively promote science, freedom of expression and secular humanism. We often end up talking about superstition, religious fundamentalism, censorship and conspiracy theory... and many other topics too!

We meet every two weeks, sometimes we have a guest speaker, and sometimes we just have a good social get together and exchange ideas and discuss the topics of the week. See our events list on the right hand side of this page, and also our social page to find out when we are meeting next.

You are welcome to come along and just sit and listen to others, or if you are braver get stuck right in!

We meet for socials at the Bootlegger Pub, and our talks are currently at the Arts4Everyone centre on Desborough Road.

Johno Pearce

Wednesday, July 27 2016 at 8:00PM

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The Old St John's Church
High Wycombe
HP11 2PU

Johno Pearce

What's the talk about?

Do we have free will, or are our ‘choices’ determined by our environment and past experience?

 Author and educator, Jonathan M.S.Pearce offers an entertaining introduction to the debate, and explains how new developments in brain science have influenced philosophers.

 We will also consider the impact of free will and determinism on Christianity’s concept of a judgmental God, and the implications for our justice system if we don’t have free will.

 An entertaining introduction to the age-old philosophical debate on whether we have free will or whether we live predetermined lives.

 Jonathan is a teacher and author from South Hampshire, who has dedicated many years of his life to all manner of things philosophical and theological. He is currently studying for a Masters in Philosophy, and is a founder member of the Tippling Philosophers, a friendly group of disparate believers and non-believers based in Hampshire.

 With many titles now under his belt, including an anthology of humanist and atheist poetry (Filling the Void), he has just written his first fiction book, combining philosophy and horror (Survival of the Fittest: Metamorphosis). The Nativity: A Critical Examination, and 13 Reasons to Doubt and followed soon after Free Will? An investigation into whether we have free will, or whether I was always going to write this book, a popular philosophy, science and theology book that examines the free will vs. determinism debate. He has also written The Little Book of Unholy Questions, which looks to show the incoherence of the idea of an all-loving, all-knowing and all-powerful God, ideas which were expanded in the ebook The Problem with “God”. As an interlude from writing about philosophy and theology, he has branched out by writing a book of advice for dads of twins; Twins: A Survival Guide for Dads.

 He blogs as A Tippling Philosopher on the Atheist Channel at Patheos – http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tippling