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Dr Matthew Pope

When?
Tuesday, February 21 2012 at 8:00PM

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39 Ditchling Road
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Who?
Dr Matthew Pope

What's the talk about?

As an antidote to your gnawing anxieties about global warming, why not consider the geological evidence that the planet is undergoing long term cycles of catastrophic cooling? We might be currently enjoying a warm global climate but this is typical of only about 5% of the last million years.  The geological evidence would suggest there is a high likelihood that our warm stage will eventually falter and a new period of global cooling and aridity will eventually take hold of the planet for tens of thousands of years, and it’s about due. Urban life is unlikely to survive this natural cycle, intensive agriculture will be impossible and evacuation of human populations latitudes about 45 degrees will have to occur. Worried? Then find out how to survive the next ice age and where in Brighton property prices might stay buoyant for as long as possible during the onset of the global big freeze.

 
Dr Matthew Pope is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, specialising in palaeolithic studies.
 
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Dr. Antony Lempert

When?
Tuesday, February 7 2012 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Dr. Antony Lempert

What's the talk about?

With some of the religious opposing progress in the fields of abortion, assisted dying, stem-cell research and sex education; also promoting questionable practices such as religious surgery on children (male circumcision and female genital mutilation); and the NHS funding of religious hospital chaplains, there has never been a greater need for a clear secular voice in the field of medicine.The Secular Medical forum was formed in 2006 to provide this voice. Their main objective is to present a secular opinion on present-day medical and health care practices throughout the UK. They campaign to protect patients from the harm caused by the imposition of religious values and activities on people who do not share the same values and beliefs. 

Dr Antony Lempert is a GP, chair of the Secular Medical Forum, and winner of the 2010 "Golden Phallus" award for Academic of the Year for his work campaigning for adequate sex education and against childhood genital surgery. He will be talking about the need for a secular voice for medicine and the work of his organisation.
 
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Richard Robinson.

When?
Tuesday, December 13 2011 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Richard Robinson.

What's the talk about?

Wrestling with his present work, 'Why Jobs Don't Work', Richard believes he has uncovered a fool-proof way to succeed in business, by following a simple set of rules inspired by his study of ants. This runs counter to the usual advice, that our business style should mimic the ape. He must be wrong, of course, but why? Please come and either put him right, or to follow his advice and become a preposterously prosperous panjandrum.

Richard Robinson is the Author of Why The Toast Always Lands Butter-side Down and Why The One You Fancy Never Fancies You, in which he unravels the Murphy's Laws of life. He started the Brighton Science Festival seven years ago and has never looked back, for the same reason that people climbing dangerous mountains should never look back.

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Ben Hardwidge

When?
Tuesday, November 8 2011 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Ben Hardwidge

What's the talk about?

 According to some nutritionists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, sharks don’t get cancer. It’s a myth that’s not only brought false hope to sufferers of one of the world’s horrific diseases, who are told that consuming shark cartilage can cure cancer, but it’s also had a devastating impact on the world’s shark populations. In fact, it’s estimated that 70 million sharks will be slaughtered for their fins this year alone.

After millions of years serving as the oceans’ main apex predator, many shark species are now on the brink of extinction following just a few decades of indiscriminate finning, where sharks often have their fins cut off while they’re still alive, and are then dumped back into the sea. People often ask ‘where the harm?’ when it comes to using alternative medicine, and this talk will explain the very real and costly price of relying on unregulated bogus medicine to treat cancer.

 

In this talk, our resident marine conservation enthusiast Ben Hardwidge will explore the theories behind using medicines derived from sharks and rays, and explain the devastating impact that this is having on our marine ecosystem. As well as this, he will also introduce the ideas behind a new scepticism campaign in development, which aims to raise awareness about medicines based on shark cartilage, while appealing to major retailers to stop stocking them.

 

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(Photo by Jamie Pollack of Shark Angels)

Juliet Jacques

When?
Tuesday, October 11 2011 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Juliet Jacques

What's the talk about?

 Juliet Jacques will talk about how she saw trans people and culture addressed by the media during the last two decades, and how she discovered a wealth of academic and activist writing that remained unrepresented in the mainstream. Discussing how she combined traditional transsexual autobiographies with counter-cultural theory for the Guardian’s Transgender Journey, she will cover how her writing aimed to challenge 'radical' feminist and conservative conceptions about transsexual people and gender roles, and this helped to affect editorial policy at a newspaper with a complicated record on trans issues.

 

Juliet Jacques is the author of The Guardian’s Transgender Journey column, the first to document the gender reassignment process for a major mainstream newspaper, which was longlisted for this year’s Orwell Prize for blogs. As well as writing on trans issues for The New Statesman, one80news and other publications, she also covers experimental film, European literature, music and sport. She has also been involved in activist work dealing with homophobia in football and transphobia in the media, speaking at EHRC workshops and Pride events about mainstream print and press portrayals of trans people.

 

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Mythbusting and Evidence Hunting with Sense About Science

Tabitha Innocent

When?
Monday, September 12 2011 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Tabitha Innocent

What's the talk about?

Sense About Science challenge many misleading claims about scientific and medical evidence. This autumn they are launching a public campaign, ‘Ask for Evidence’, to bring about wider, more lasting change. When people come across dubious scientific claims, they want someone to go to with their questions. The campaign will encourage everyone to take up claims they think are misleading, both by reporting dodgy science claims and by getting involved in tackling claims themselves, to help stop the spread of misinformation in public discussion.

Dr Tabitha Innocent

Tabitha joined Sense About Science in August 2010, where she is now Communications Officer. Working with their supporters and database of scientists, she is responsible for communications including editing the website and writing our newsletter; and matching scientists with projects and requests for help from journalists and civic groups.  She has a PhD in evolutionary biology from the University of Edinburgh, and prior to joining Sense About Science spent time working at the Science Media Centre, BIS and the Human Tissue Authority.

Tabitha will talk about the ‘ask for the evidence’ campaign and some of the mythbusting and evidence hunting work Sense About Science have done.

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A talk about nothing

Ronald Green

When?
Tuesday, August 16 2011 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Ronald Green

What's the talk about?

From the upcoming book Nothing Matters by Ronald Green.

Is nothing everything? As strange as that question looks at first sight, it will definitely make sense after reading NOTHING MATTERS. Provocative and accessible, free of jargon, NOTHING MATTERS shows that there is more to nothing than meets the eye. History, the arts, philosophy, politics, religion, cosmology - all are touched by nothing. Who, for example, could have believed that nothing held back progress for 600 years, all because of mistaken translation, or that nothing is a way to tackle (and answer) the perennial question 'what is art'? NOTHING MATTERS is a genuine attempt to look at the world in a different way, to give new angles to old problems and so to stimulate new thoughts. Sure-footedly, with flair and enthusiasm, Ronald Green Takes the reader on a path through nothing to everything it touches, linking facts and information that lead to surprising conclusions.

Born in London, teacher, lecturer and writer, with postgraduate studies in linguistics and philosophy, Ronald is the ultimate researcher. His short stories have been published widely. He lives in Israel.

Professor David Nutt

When?
Monday, July 11 2011 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Professor David Nutt

What's the talk about?

Professor David Nutt is the current Edmond J Safra chair in Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and was a member of the Committee on Safety of Medicines, and was President of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology but it was during his chairmanship of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and his refusal to fudge the issue of perceived drug harm that brought him into the public spotlight.

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P.Z. Myers

When?
Tuesday, June 7 2011 at 8:00PM

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Who?
P.Z. Myers

What's the talk about?

Biologist, arch-atheist, skeptic, blogger extraordinaire, scourge of creationists their ilk, lover of all things cephalopod (but not in the biblical sense) and renowned cracker-desecrator will be talking about anything he damn well pleases.

P.Z. Myers is Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Morris, Minnesota, specialising in evolutionary developmental biology (AKA evo-devo). His blog Pharyngula is the top-ranked blog written by a scientist. He is self-professed "godless liberal", an outspoken atheist and highly critical of creationism, the intelligent design movement, and all forms of superstition, supernaturalism and pseudoscience. The American Humanist association named P.Z. "Humanist of the year" in 2009.

The exact topic of Professor Myers' talk is to be confirmed but whatever it is I am sure it will be both entertaining and informative. This one is not to be missed.

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David Allen Green

When?
Tuesday, May 10 2011 at 8:00PM

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Who?
David Allen Green

What's the talk about?

Skeptic and legal writer David Allen Green is the convenor of Westminster Skeptics in the Pub and has recently been appointed Legal Correspondent at the New Statesman. David also writes the popular "Jack of Kent" blog for which he was shortlisted for the Orwell blogging prize last year. He has been involved in many recent legal issues of interest to the skeptical community such as The British Chiropractic Association vs. Simon Singh, the Twitter Joke Trial, and defending Sally Bercow against libel accusations from the right-wing MigrationWatch UK.

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The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History

David Aaronovitch

When?
Tuesday, April 12 2011 at 8:00PM

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Who?
David Aaronovitch

What's the talk about?

David Aaronivitch takes an absorbing, probing look at the conspiracy theories that operate on the sidelines of history and the reasons they continue to play such a seditious role. IN this talk aimed at providing ammunition for those who have found themselves at the wrong end of a conversation about moon landings or the twin towers-Aaronovitch explores a handful the major conspiracy theories. In doing so, he examines why people believe them, and makes an argument for a true skepticism: one based on a thorough knowledge of history and a strong dose of common sense.

David Aaronovitch is a writer, broadcaster and commentator on culture, international affairs, politics and the media. A former television researcher, producer and programme editor, he has previously written for The Independent, The Guardian and The Observer, winning numerous accolades, including Columnist of the Year 2003 and the 2001 Orwell prize for journalism. He has appeared on Have I Got News For You, presented a number of radio and television series and programmes on current affairs and historical topics. His first book, and account of a journey by kayak on the rivers and canals of England, Paddling to Jerusalem, was published in 2000 and won the Madoc Prize for travel writing. In 2009 he published Voodoo Histories, a book on conspiracy theories, which will be the subject of his talk.

David Aaronovitch's official website is www.davidaaronovitch.com.

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The discovery and loss of a cure for scurvy

Dr Andrew N Holding

When?
Tuesday, March 1 2011 at 8:00PM

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Who?
Dr Andrew N Holding

What's the talk about?

Of all the slang names for the British, none is more iconic than 'Limey'. While the the term provokes majestic images of the Golden Age of Sail, scurvy cost countless sailors and seamen their lives. It was once not unheard of for nine out of every ten members of a ship's crew to have succumbed to scurvy by the time it returned to port. The results of James Lind's work on the HMS Salisbury in 1747, which led to a cure, without doubt saved innumerable lives. Yet in Cherry-Garrard's account of Robert Falcon Scott's 1911 expedition to the South Pole, he writes: "There was little scurvy in Nelson’s days; but the reason is not clear, since, according to modern research, lime-juice only helps to prevent it." So why did Lind's results get forgotten?

Dr. Andrew N Holding is currently employed by the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge.

Dr. Holding's website is here: http://evath.net/

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