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#261  Postby redwhine » Oct 17, 2014 5:33 am

Monday...

Ask for Evidence - Sense About Science

Monday, October 20 2014 at 7:30PM

Where?
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Who?
Dr Chris Peters


NOTE: This talk is on the 20th October which is a week earlier than our usual slot.

This isn’t just a simple talk; it’s a call to arms.

Every day, we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not. These claims can't be regulated; every time one is debunked another pops up – like a game of whack-a-mole. So how can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them, or buy their products, then we should ask them for evidence, as consumers, patients, voters and citizens.

The Ask for Evidence campaign has seen people ask a retail chain for the evidence behind its MRSA resistant pyjamas; ask a juice bar for the evidence behind wheatgrass detox claims; ask the health department about rules for Viagra prescriptions; ask for the studies behind treatments for Crohn's disease, and hundreds more. As a result, claims are being withdrawn and bodies held to account.

This is geeks, working with the public, to park their tanks on the lawn of those who seek to influence us. And it's starting to work. Come and hear what the campaign is going to do next and how you can get involved.

The Ask for Evidence campaign can be found here...

http://www.senseaboutscience.org/pages/a4e.html


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Re: Sheffield Area Events

#262  Postby redwhine » Oct 25, 2014 7:47 am

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#263  Postby redwhine » Oct 26, 2014 4:04 pm

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Re: Sheffield Area Events

#265  Postby redwhine » Nov 17, 2014 11:45 am

Tomorrow...

On 18th November, the Sheffield Humanist Society will be hosting Hester Reeve at Farm Road Sports and Social Club, S2 2TP. All are welcome.

Hester Reeve will discuss the value of re-historicising the suffragette as a militant artist in order to celebrate the unique suffragette contribution to human rights and creative citizenship. She will also examine in detail some of the suffragettes who were also artists such as Sylvia Pankhurst questioning why their progressive ides of art and politics are not given full merit today.

Hester Reeve is an artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. She collaborates with Olivia Plender under the umbrella of The Emily Davison Lodge. Their collaborative research and artworks have been shown at the Women’s Library Gallery and Tate Britain, where they recently co-curated the Sylvia Pankhurst Display.


ETA; I just noticed the time is missing. It starts at 8pm.
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Re: Sheffield Area Events

#266  Postby redwhine » Nov 18, 2014 9:12 am

redwhine wrote:Tomorrow...

On 18th November, the Sheffield Humanist Society will be hosting Hester Reeve at Farm Road Sports and Social Club, S2 2TP. All are welcome.

Hester Reeve will discuss the value of re-historicising the suffragette as a militant artist in order to celebrate the unique suffragette contribution to human rights and creative citizenship. She will also examine in detail some of the suffragettes who were also artists such as Sylvia Pankhurst questioning why their progressive ides of art and politics are not given full merit today.

Hester Reeve is an artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. She collaborates with Olivia Plender under the umbrella of The Emily Davison Lodge. Their collaborative research and artworks have been shown at the Women’s Library Gallery and Tate Britain, where they recently co-curated the Sylvia Pankhurst Display.


ETA; I just noticed the time is missing. It starts at 8pm.

Blades v. Crewe kicks off @7:45pm, so allow longer to get there.
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Re: Sheffield Area Events

#267  Postby redwhine » Nov 20, 2014 2:49 pm

Monday...

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets

Simon Singh, best-selling author of ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’ and ‘The Code Book’, will discuss his book ‘The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets’.

Everyone knows that The Simpsons is probably the most successful show in television history. Simon will explain how a team of mathematically gifted writers have covered everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and from infinitesimals to infinity in various episodes of The Simpsons.

Simon will also discuss how the writers of Futurama have similarly made it their mission to smuggle deep mathematical ideas into the series.

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#268  Postby redwhine » Nov 28, 2014 10:39 am

Tuesday...

'David Hume (1711 - 1776) and the Scottish Enlightenment' - Robin Grinter

2nd December at 8 pm. @Farm Road

By Robin Grinter of Greater Manchester Humanists; a historian and a teacher, having spent 10 years teaching in Comprehensive schools and 30 years in teacher education as a senior lecturer in the Manchester Metropolitan University.

David Hume was an atheist, and as such had to make his living as a historian rather than a philosopher, but is nevertheless regarded as probably the greatest English philosopher. He was a leading member of the Scottish Enlightenment in the Eighteenth Century, and I’ll outline some of the leading figures in that movement, including Adam Smith, and the very practical nature of their concerns.

In my view Hume’s thinking gives one of the most powerful justifications in philosophy for a wide range of everyday understanding. I will show how this reveals much of his thinking as evidently in the tradition that we recognise as Humanist. He was a secular thinker, using a scientific approach, seeking evidence to prove arguments and dismissing all other thinking as speculation that often leads, particularly in the case of religion to dogmatism. He developed a consequential line of thinking, establishing that there are patterns and connections in events that we know as cause and effect, and showed that we can rely on these. He based his thinking about morality on our knowledge of these patterns and connections – itself known as a ‘consequential’ approach to morality. I will explain how became a leading advocate of Utilitarianism several years before Jeremy Bentham, but more importantly how he argued for a cautiously sceptical approach to the big questions of life, among other things demolishing arguments for the existence of miracles and intelligent design. I hope this will provoke a lot of questions and discussion.


Our meetings are now held at Farm Road Sports & Social Club next to the fast food place at the junction of Queens Road and Granville Road. There is a tram stop close by. Car parking is free and the drinks are cheap. After the meeting on the 18th November, we will revert back to holding meetings on the first Tuesday of the month starting on the 2nd December, followed by our January social event on the 6th.


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(T't Blades kick off against t't MK Dons @745pm, so allow a little Xtra travel time.)
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Re: Sheffield Area Events

#269  Postby quisquose » Nov 28, 2014 10:49 pm

redwhine wrote:(T't Blades kick off against t't MK Dons @745pm, so allow a little Xtra travel time.)


I suspect it's going to be more of a problem leaving. If the meeting finishes at about 9:00, that's the time that most fans will be going home.
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#270  Postby redwhine » Dec 11, 2014 8:11 am

Mon...

Disappearing Up Your Own Singularity. Reflections on our Technologically-Enhanced Future.

Monday, December 15 2014 at 7:30PM

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Tony Prescott

Transhumanism, sometimes abbreviated as H+, is a global movement than promotes the use of technology to transform the human condition by greatly enhancing our physical and psychological capabilities. One outcome could be effective immortality, for instance, by uploading our brains into computers.

Singularitarianism, or S^, is a related movement defined by the idea that a technological singularity—the invention of an artificial superintelligence—could bring to an end of ten thousand years of human dominance on planet Earth.

This talk will consider some of the technological and psychological evidence that we are moving towards either a H+ or S^ future, and ask whether its time to get worried.

Tony is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, at the University of Sheffield, and the Director of the Sheffield Centre for Robotics, a cross-institutional robotics facility with over eighty active researchers. His research focuses on the development of biomimetic robots that include control systems modelled on the mammalian brain. Other ongoing projects include an attempt to create a robot with a human-like memory, the use of social psychology to understand human-robot interaction, and a cultural, ethical and psychological investigation into the experience of immersive virtual reality and telepresence. His life goal is to better understand himself through the intertwined strands of psychology, robotics, music and hedonism.


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#271  Postby redwhine » Dec 23, 2014 12:21 pm

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#272  Postby redwhine » Jan 09, 2015 5:38 am

Sunday...

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#273  Postby redwhine » Jan 20, 2015 9:01 am

Monday...

What was Mrs Thatcher’s Legacy for Crime and Justice?

Stephen Farrall


Monday, January 26 2015 at 7:30PM

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In what ways do changes in economic and social policies result in changes in patterns of crime, victimisation and anxieties about crime? How do shifts in social values affect national-level experiences and beliefs about crime and appropriate responses to it (such as support for punitive punishments like the death penalty)? What have been the long-term consequences of almost two decades (1979-1997) of neo-conservative and neo-liberal social and economic policies for the UK’s criminal justice system and the general experience of crime amongst its citizens? Similarly, how do changes in the crime rates affect the sorts of social and economic policies pursued?

What lessons does the recent past offer us today, when policy announcements about further cuts to public expenditure are commonplace and economic growth uncertain and faltering? Using the Thatcher and Major governments (1979- 1997) as our case study, our aim during this Economic and Social Research Council-funded project is to explore the experiences of crime, victimisation and fear of crime at the national and regional levels, and for key socio-demographic groups, since the 1970s (and where possible earlier than this).

Recent publications have outlined our thinking with regards to the ways in which ‘Thatcherite’ social and economic policies in one policy domain (e.g. housing) created ‘spill-over’ effects in other policy domains (such as crime).

Stephen Farrall is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law, Sheffield University. He is currently exploring the long term impacts of Thatcherite social and economic policies on crime in England and Wales (funded by the ESRC) and has also researched why people stop offending and the fear of crime.

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Re: Sheffield Area Events

#274  Postby redwhine » Jan 27, 2015 4:45 am



Please note;-

All available tickets have been sold for this event, and there is a waiting list for returns.

Unless you have already purchased (or reserved your place online), you will have a wasted journey.

(It is hoped that a video will be made and made available on the SS website. If so, I will add a link to it in this thread.)
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#275  Postby redwhine » Feb 18, 2015 7:04 am

Monday...

Monday, February 23 at 7:30PM

The Rise of 'Well-Being' Interventions in Education

Promoting Vulnerability or Building Resilience


Who?

Kathryn Ecclestone

What's the talk about?

In this talk, Kathryn will discuss the rise of ‘well-being’ interventions in education and whether these promote vulnerability or build resilience.

Kathryn began her career in education with unemployed 16-19 year olds in the late 1970s before moving into further education to work with adults on Access to Higher Education programmes, young people on vocational courses and teacher training programmes for adult and further education. Her current research and publications explore the ways in which growing concern about ‘emotional well-being’, ‘resilience’ and ‘vulnerability’ have encouraged ideas and practices from therapy, counselling and psychology to permeate all areas of education, with profound changes on the teacher/academic/student relationship, teaching, assessment and support systems.

She has published numerous journal and media articles, books and chapters in books, including The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education (co-authored with Dennis Hayes) in 2009

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dangerous-Rise- ... skept01-21.

Her latest book is Emotional Well-Being in Policy and Practice. Emotional well-being in policy and practice: interdisciplinary perspectives, London:Routledge


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Emotional-Well- ... skept01-21


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#276  Postby redwhine » Feb 28, 2015 9:01 am

Tuesday...

...3rd March @8pm.

Putting Humanism Into Practice

What does it mean to be a Humanist?

How can we apply the principles of Humanism?

In this talk Chris Worfolk, co-founder of the Humanist Action Group, will speak about why Humanists should get involved in volunteering and his experiences doing homeless outreach work.

This event is free to attend.

Please note that this meeting falls on the same evening as a local football match, so if you are travelling by public transport, you may need to add a little more time to your journey.

If you're planning on driving, please note that we cannot guarantee that there will be any parking spaces on-site.


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#279  Postby redwhine » Mar 19, 2015 4:36 am

AIDS Denialism...Yep That's A Thing - Monday, March 23 at 7:30PM

Where?
Farm Road Sports & Social Club
Farm Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S2 2TP

(Press the buzzer to be let in. We are in the back room of the Club.)

Who?
Myles Power

What's the talk about?

In the early days of the AIDS epidemic many bizarre and dangerous ideas were advanced regarding the origin of the disease and its cause. Since the discovery of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) these conspiracy theories, which once filled the void left by the lack of information, have all but vanished. Over the past three decades HIV has been the subject of intense scientific research which has resulted in effective treatments, rapid HIV tests, and promising cures. Yet unbelievably there are a small number of people who are sceptical of the “official story”. Although these people are small in numbers they are extremely well funded and can pose a very real threat to public health. Many have chosen to spend their money on spreading their harmful theories, defend people who have irresponsibly infected their partners, and funded the documentary House of Numbers.

The documentary encourages people to come off their medication, tells them that HIV tests don’t work, and that anti-viral drugs such as AZT are the real cause of AIDS. To do this the makers of the documentary make liberal use of out-of-context quotations from scientists interviewed for the film, deceitful editing techniques, and flat out lies. Myles has dedicated a large amount of time to exposing some of the more insidious claims in the documentary. In response there have been multiple Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) violation claims filed against him in an attempt to silence his criticism. They also published his personal information as well as his employ contact details and promoted people to contact them.

In his talk Myles discusses some examples of the dangerous assertions in the documentary and explain how they have led to the death and suffering of hundreds of thousands of people. He will also talk about the failure of the DMCA and how it can be exploited by the proponents of pseudoscience.


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#280  Postby redwhine » Apr 04, 2015 7:07 am

Tuesday...

"Secular Muslims: On Building Inclusive Religious Spaces" - Tehmina Kazi, British Muslims for Secular Democracy

Women, LGBT people, some disabled people, and members of minority sects and others dissenters have traditionally felt excluded in mainstream Muslim spaces. Tehmina Kazi will be talking about ways in which these minorities have created new and innovative spaces for themselves, and built a critical mass against the conservatives.

Tehmina is Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, an organisation which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of democracy and its contribution to a shared vision of citizenship. She is also a contributor to the Guardian newspaper.

Prior to joining BMSD, she was a Project Officer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, where she worked on a ground-breaking inquiry into the Human Rights Act and its impact on public service delivery, undertaking research, writing policy briefings, facilitating focus groups and interviewing victims of human rights violations.

She also co-organised the first awards ceremony of its kind to acknowledge the achievements of the UK’s most powerful Muslim women, which received widespread coverage in the national press.

Tehmina has done extensive research on domestic and international human rights issues, particularly religious freedom, the detention of foreign nationals and gender-based violence. She regularly contributes to forums on civil liberties and citizenship.

The meeting itself will start at 7pm, but please feel free to turn up early for socialising if you wish.

When you arrive, go into the main entrance and the meeting room is directly on your right hand side.

After Tehmina's talk, there will be time for you to ask her some questions on the subject.

Entry to the meeting is free of charge, however the Society requests a voluntarily suggested donation of £3. This contribution goes towards paying for things such as room hire, advertising and speakers expenses.

We hope to see you there!


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Two things to note...

1) The meeting starts @7pm (instead of the usual 8pm.) Tehmina has a speaking engagement in London the next morning and has a train to catch.

2) There's footy @ The Lane, so parking could be affected. (The earlier start may be of help.)
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