The first SkepTeaCafe meeting is at the Winchester Discovery Centre tomorrow morning! Coffee and Chat with fellow Skeptics on any subject you care to raise. 10:30 in the IT room.
See you there !
Well this is something great, Kev was asked on to another episode of BBC’s The Big Questions.
This time the questions were somewhat more controversial. Questions such as “Should Ian Brady be allowed to starve himself to death ?” Mr Brady is attempting to get himself declared sane so he can be transferred to a normal prison and then be left to effectively commit suicide by starvation without medical intervention. Another matter in Newham one of the poorest and most deprived areas in the country has an amazing 83 betting shops raised the question “Does the law need to be tougher on gambling ?”. And finally as Pederast Facilitator in Chief, Pope Francis calls for unity of belief and warns of the dangers [ha!] of deciding what to believe for yourself we have the question “Is it right to pick & mix religion ?”
Kev gets stuck into all of these questions and the discussions prove very interesting. I’ll leave you to decide about the person who thinks that absolutely no one should be able to choose the time and the manner of their death.
If you want to watch the programme on the iPlayer you can click this : BBC The Big Questions, Series 6, Episode 22 Or watch it below.
BBC The Big Questions with Kevin Friery 23JUN13
Firstly let me express my sincere thanks to Professor Jim Al-Khalili who has, at extremely short notice indeed, kindly agreed to speak at Winchester Skeptics in the Pub on the 2nd of May.
Dr. Michael Mosley is unable to make his talk due to unforeseen circumstances.
So I’m afraid we’ll have to wait until a later date to find out how we can all get a bit thinner and hopefully a little bit healthier too. Seems like I won’t be magically losing any weight this month ! Ho hum
Apologies to all of you who were looking forward to hearing Dr. Mosley’s talk. I know a lot of you are very interested in what he has to say, me included. We will try and reschedule him later on in the year.
However we can find out what Professor Jim has been up to recently. He has a new book out called Paradox – The 9 Greatest Enigmas in Science that you can get from Amazon if you click the link. He’s also been having some interesting conversations with assorted homeopaths who think that quantum mechanics is they key to how homeopathy ‘works’.
Spoiler alert : Homeopathy is bollocks. It doesn’t work and it’s actually dangerous if used instead of actual medicine.
Whilst at the moment we don’t know what Jim’s talk will be about you can be certain that it’s going to be enlightening and entertaining. So make sure you’re there to give Jim the welcome he deserves and to find out the latest from one of the UK’s foremost physicists and the newly minted President of the British Humanist Association.
Thanks again to Jim Al-Khalili and we’ll see you a week on Thursday !
the Open Access Laboratory is a project between the Natural History Museum, Imperial College and others.
They run field studies that anybody can participate in.
They also have downloadable guides for identifying species of plants, birds, insects etc.
Have a look. http://www.opalexplorenature.org/