The AHS raised money for the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust during non-prophet week

This year the AHS societies from all the around the UK joined in non-prophet week to raise money for the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust.  This charitable endeavour aims to allow pupils to get the most out of their education and in total raised £2,374 for the Humanist Schools Trust! We would like to say thank you to everyone that took part, including our fantastic volunteers, and all those who donated, because your generosity has helped hundreds on children to receive a better education.

Written by Ben Rumford

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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

Non – Prophet Week for Ugandan Education

WHAT IS NON-PROPHET WEEK?

Non – Prophet Week is a week where irreligious people, in whatever form, unite to raise money for a charitable cause. In some years people have planted trees, donated blood and collected clothes to give to a charity shop as alternatives to or alongside fundraising. Fundraising is this years preference, as planting a tree, whilst good for the environment, is little use to a school in Uganda.

You can read an article from the AHS Secretary, where he argues that Non-Prophet Week is the very active part of humanism .

#NONPROPHETWEEK:

You can get involved and share ideas on Twitter via the hash-tag #nonprophetweek.

The AHS’ Social Media and Marketing Officer, Cloe Ansari, will be tweeting some of your ideas and helping to publicize what you guys do throughout the week!

WHAT IS THE CHOSEN CHARITY?

This year the AHS has chosen the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust. We will be raising money for a specific project or two that the charity urgently needs funding for, which will allow the pupils to get the most out of their education. Selecting the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust as our charity this year means we can all be sure that we are making an active and practical difference. It allows us to give the greatest gift of all: a better education.

The Uganda Humanist Schools Trust is the chosen charity for Non – Prophet Week

HOW DO I DONATE?

You can donate via: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/nonprophetweek

Virgin Money Giving is similar to JustGiving, but much cheaper for charities. JustGiving is for-profit and takes 5%, VMG is not-for-profit and takes 2% which is of course, of greater benefit to all involved.

If we hit our target we drop a bucket of ICED SPAGHETTI on AHSUCLan’s Chair!

 See The National Federation of Atheist, Humanist, and Secularist Student Societies for more details.