AHS Cocktail Social

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Saturday 25th April is set to be a punning good night! Why not come and join the AHS society for a night of music, dancing and best of all… cocktails with puns. Confess your sins over a Sin and Tonic? Talk quantum physics with a Gin Al-Khalili. Not to mention the recent restart of the Large Hadron Pina Colada. Whatever pun you can think of. Make sure to buy a £5 wristband off one of the AHS committee members and receive free entry to Macs and, of course, one of our puntastic cocktails! – Phil Ashburn.

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Skeptics Week

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AHSUCLan are hosting Skeptics Week at The University of Central Lancashire! All day everyday we’ll be in the Students’ Union, raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK and raising awareness of our fantastic events. Come and find us!
Monday 13th: Glen Carrigan – Debating Workshop and Fishbowl Conversation, SU Atrium at 1800 – 2000.
Tuesday 14th: James Smith – Green Chemistry, Greenbank Lecture Theatre, 1830 – 2000.
Wednesday 15th: Emma Lowrie – The Psychological Benefits of Belief, Greenbank Lecture Theatre, 1830 – 2000.
Mel Barker – The Dangers of Homoeopathy, Greenbank Lecture Theatre, 1830 – 2000.
Thursday 16th: Rant Night and Singing Skeptics (Karaoke), Roper Hall, 2000 – Late.
Friday 17th: Chris Moos – “From Jesus & Mo to Charlie Hebdo: Being a secularist in the face of the religious far-Right and the pro-religious Left.” Greenbank Lecture Theatre, 1830 – 2000. FREE for AHS members and regional AHS/BHA/Skeptics groups, £3 for non-members.
Saturday 18th: Amal Farah – “How Blasphemy and Apostasy Laws are Used to Silence Dissent in Islam.” Greenbank Lecture Theatre, 1530 – 1630. FREE for AHS members and regional AHS/BHA/Skeptics groups, £3 for non-members.
Saturday 18th: CHARITY WAXING in Source Bar! Bring the pain to our committee members … for a good cause
Sunday 19th: Atheists in Foxholes – Airsoft, Meet at the Students’ Union, email NRowe1@uclan.ac.uk or CLICK HERE for details.

Sheffield Freethought Convention

We have been invited to attend the Sheffield Freethought Convention, 27th February to 1st of March. So why not toddle on over to meet some more happy humanists, discuss some interesting issues, and make some friends. Further details can be found on the conference website.

Travel as usual will be first come first served in the hire car and petrol costs etc will be split evenly, or if we have enough interest we’ll make use of the SU’s minibus. Also, feel free to use your own vehicles or take the train. Accommodation can either be booked individually or as a group in a similar manner to the arrangements made for the conference we attended in Nottingham. Please let the society chair know if you intend on coming along.

Written by Glen

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Schedule Speakers

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.

Yolo Swaggins And The Fellowship Of Da Bling

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Thanks to everyone who came out last night, and congratulations to the super geeks who won the quiz with the team name: Yolo Swaggins And The Lord of Da Bling. We wish to point out the none of our members believe that Middle Earth actually exists… well some of us might. As ever our group of heathens, feminists, philosophers, philanthropists and more, rounded off the night with a few good debates, a bit of singing, and free food and drink.

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