UCLan to pay tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett

Publication5Original Article by Lyndsey Boardman

Students and staff from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are inviting people to join them as they pay tribute to the late author Sir Terry Pratchett.

Following the death of the award-winning author last week, several UCLan student societies have teamed up with Alzheimer’s Research UK to host an event on Thursday 19 March to celebrate the life and work of Sir Terry Pratchett.

Event organiser Glen Carrigan, who is a Masters by Research Student in UCLan’s School of Psychology, will share a reading from Sir Terry’s 2013 humanist of the year acceptance speech which will be followed by the screening of two films; Terry Pratchett:Shaking Hands with Death and The Colour of Magic.

Glen commented: “Sir Terry Pratchett was a fantastic and unique individual, talented and conscientious, as well as a beloved patron of humanism.”

“He leaves behind not only a wealth of literary works that many of us have enjoyed from childhood through to this present day, but also a legacy in ethical and compassionate charitable and social efforts including supporting assisted dying, and raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.”

“This event will celebrate the life and work of Sir Terry Pratchett as we hope he would have wanted it; with humour, reflection and a feeling of only slight embuggerance.”

The event will take place in UCLan’s Darwin Building Lecture Theatre from 6pm – 8pm. It is free to attend but the organisers welcome donations to Alzheimer’s Research UK. People can book via Eventbrite
For more information contact Glen on GACarrigan1@uclan.ac.uk or call 01772 893775.

The tribute evening will be run in association with the British Humanist Association, the UCLan Students’ Union Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Societies and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

 

Thank you to everyone that came to see Edzard Ernst : “How to Become a Pseudoscientist,”

We would like to thank everyone who came to see Edzard Ernst talk on Monday the 8th December, and most importantly we’d like to thank Edzard Ernst for doing the talk “How to Become a Pseudoscientist,” where we’re sure attendees learnt a lot more about alternative medicine and the industry in which alternative medicine is used and how Pseudoscientist’s come up with alternative medicine. The feedback was really good from twitter, facebook, and attendees who showed a lot of interest.

We would also like to extend thanks to the AHS groups of Lancaster University, and the University of Liverpool for hosting Edzard for two follow-up talks, which we hope were as fantastic as the event at UCLan. Please keep a look out for the video footage on YouTube in future.10863664_10152506726191080_420113313_n sean tweet

Edzard Ernst – How to Become A Pseudoscientist. Alternative Medicine: Trick Or Treatment

UCLan Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Society presents Professor Edzard Ernst, MD, PhD, FMedSci, FSB, FRCP, FRCPEd.

Please join our event group HERE or alternatively book a FREE ticket HERE. Doors open at 1730, talk starts at 1800.

Edzard Ernst

Emeritus Professor, Exeter University

“I qualified as a physician in Germany in 1978 where I also completed my MD and PhD theses. I received hands-on training in acupuncture, autogenic training, herbalism, homoeopathy, massage therapy and spinal manipulation.

Later, I became Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at Hannover Medical School and Head of the PMR Department at the University of Vienna. In 1993, I moved to the UK and became Chair in Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter. I am founder/Editor-in-Chief of two medical journals (Perfusion and Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies).

I have published 48 books and more than 1000 articles in the peer-reviewed medical literature. My work has been awarded with 14 scientific prizes. In 1999, I took British nationality.

My research focussed on the critical evaluation of all aspects of alternative medicine. Unlike most of my collegues, I do not aim to promote this or that therapy, my goal is to provide objective evidence and reliable information. It is fair to say that this ambition did not endear me to many quasi-religious believers in alternative medicine.

My latest books are:

  • Singh S, Ernst E. Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial. Transworld-Publishers, 2008 (available from amazon)

This book is for the lay person. It was translated into over a dozen languages; the German version was voted Science book of the year in Germany in 2009.

  • Ernst E, Pittler M, Wider B, Boddy K. The Oxford Handbook of Complementary Medicine. Oxford University Press, 2008 (available from amazon)

This book is a concise assessment of the evidence for or against a wide range of alternative treatments. It is aimed mainly at a professional readership.”

Please join our event group HERE or alternatively book a FREE ticket HERE.

To find out more about Edzard vist www.EdzardErnst.com.

Science and Religion with Dr Andrew J Pyle with drinks afterwards

14th of November, doors open 1730, talk starts 1800, Greenbank Lecture Theatre. Join the Facebook Event, ourAndrew Pyle Poster SU Group and like us on Facebook and Twitter.

Andrew is the author of ‘Locke’ and a Reader in Early Modern Philosophy at Bristol University.

“Since the late nineteenth century, the supposed “warfare” between science and religion has been a popular theme, drawing endorsements from Thomas Huxley down to Richard Dawkins. Opponents of the conflict thesis have tended to champion thesis of an essentially harmonious relation between the claims of science and those of religion. There is, of course, a third possibility, that of “separate spheres” or “non-overlapping magisteria”, as argued by Stephen Jay Gould in his Rocks of Ages. In this talk I address the question both from the point of view of a historian of science and from that of a philosopher, and re-assess the strength of the evidence for the three rival views, conflict, harmony, and separate spheres.” – Dr Andrew J Pyle